Friday, April 18, 2014

More CFL Google Trends Data

In my previous post, I discussed a recent 538 blog post on Google trends data on North American pro sports teams. That article looked at data from 2004 to now. However considering how poor the Ticats were in that era, I was curious how popular they were in 2013 when they managed to make the Grey Cup (the first time since 1999 against Calgary).

Unsurprisingly the Cats were relatively improved. The Riders were top with a score of 21 (they won the Grey Cup which couldn't have hurt). The Eskimos were well back at 11, tied with the Bombers (which seems weird considering the Bombers were terrible, but they have dedicated fans obviously).

The Alouettes and Lions were tied at 9, the Ticats and Stampeders were tied at 8, and Rob Ford's Argos were last at 6.

So the Cats were tied for sixth in the CFL, which is quite respectable considering there's not a lot of fans for Hamilton outside Hamilton, unlike some teams which basically get an entire province. I'm expecting this year to be high partially because soon people will start Googling about how the stadium is progressing. I'm not sure if that qualifies under any publicity is good publicity.

538 Post With CFL Data on Combined With Other North American Sports

Nate Silver's new incarnation has an interesting blog post on the relative internet popularity of North American pro sports that includes both CFL teams and Mexican soccer teams. Obviously I like that they included CFL teams, but I thought including Mexican soccer was interesting as well.

The stats show Google trend data from 2004-2014. Unsurprisingly the Saskatchewan Rough Riders are the most popular of the CFL teams on the internet with a score of 0.27. That's almost as popular as the least popular NBA team, the recently sold Milwaukee Bucks and tied with the St. Louis Blues (admittedly over the past ten years the Blues haven't been a great team in the past decade). They're also more popular than the NHL's Ducks, Lightning, Hurricanes, Coyotes, Predators, Panthers and Blue Jackets. They're way behind Guadalajara of La Liga Mexico. There's two teams in the MLS more popular than the Riders. Toronto FC and the Edmonton Eskimos were tied at 0.23, which was still more popular than five NHL teams.

Unfortunately for the Ticats, they were last in the time period at 0.11 but they were still ahead of 11 MLS teams. In the Ticats defence, the 2004 to 2014 time period was quite poor in terms of wins. That also pretty much coincides with Bob Young's ownership tenure.

After Edmonton, the next more popular teams were the Lions, the Alouettes (who no doubt have had their popularity on Google trends spiked this week by trying out and signing Chad Johnson (who also has a lot of Twitter followers) to a two year contract), the Bombers, the Stampeders and then the Argos at 0.13.

Hopefully with the Ticats' recent success last year the Cats Google trend popularity will increase (although probably matter much revenue wise). Interestingly for Toronto FC, there's a lot of relative internet interest that doesn't convert into much in terms in of Canadian television ratings. However the CFL has the advantage that for each game two Canadian teams are always playing, whereas the Canadian MLS teams are often playing teams like the Columbus Crew who surely don't have a lot of Canadian fans.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Montreal Alouettes Sign Chad Johnson to a Two Year Deal

I'm still not sure whether signing these old NFL star receivers is a good idea for the league or not. I suppose that the Alouettes can get rid of him whenever they want (and I assume Johnson isn't broke enough that he couldn't quit whenever he felt like it), so the team should be allowed to do anything that makes the team better. I'm just not sure that the team is better today. At the least, he'll have a high percentage of getting injured at some point due to his age and break from playing competitive football.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tim Horton's Field

I took these photos from the past couple of posts the past Sunday. Looks like there's still a lot of work to be done. I'm growing more skeptical about the stadium being ready for late July's opener. Another snow fall this week probably didn't help.

Tim Horton's Field

South side of West Stands

Tim Horton's Field Rear of West Stands

Still a lot of work to do. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April Tim Horton's Field Progress?

Not much word lately on how Tim Horton's Field is progressing. At least there is more seasonable weather now, but with the first scheduled game on July 27th a little over three months away, that's not a lot of time. In theory the stadium is supposed to be ready for July 1st, but that seems quite laughable now.

I'll swing by tomorrow to take some more pictures. I think the real question at this point is whether the stadium will be ready for the Labour Day annual against the Argos. I would give even odds on that bet.