Quotas in CFL, Cherry must be intrigued

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

Just wondering:

If the CFL is successful in reducing the quota of Canadian starters to four from seven, what comes next?

Don Cherry lobbying to allow NHL teams only four roster spots for Europeans?

Buttressing Buffalo

Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly are speaking in vague terms of a second team being set up in southern Ontario eventually.

There is nothing imminent but one message is clear: The shunning of Hamilton persists ad infinitum.

With Burke and Daly both playing down the veto power of the Maple Leafs, it seems that the NHL is more concerned with the impact of a new Ontario franchise on the Buffalo Sabres.

Daly, on the drawback of relocating a team to Hamilton at some point, said: Copps Coliseum “doesn’t provide modern-day NHL economics.”

Which, it could be said, is also true of Buffalo, without cross-border supporters.

Just a second

Having a second NHL team in the GTA might be more palatable for Maple Leaf Spurts of Entertainment Ltd., as opposed to one based in Hamilton or Waterloo Region.

With legions of Leafs fans in the Toronto area, it could take several generations for a new franchise to develop its own fan base and establish an identity other than that of a poor cousin.

With Leafs Nation not nearly as engrained an hour west of the city, a rival fan base would be quick to grow.

As the saying goes: Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.

Streak snapped

A Florida man — a would-be streaker — disrobed at the south end of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay on Sunday during a game between the Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers.

But just as he was set to dash on to the field, the man was grabbed by an officer and arrested.

Typical of the Buccaneers ... no running game.

As the Vern turns

In a poll on ESPN.con, 20 baseball officials were asked:

Which player is more difficult to trade — Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley, because of his reputation and other baggage, or Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells, because of his contract?

The vote: Wells 20, Bradley 0.

Wells may have “the worst contract in baseball history,” a National League official said.

Over the next five seasons, Wells is scheduled to make $12.5 million, $23 million $21 million, $21 million and $21 million.

After 2011, Wells could opt out of the deal — out of sheer embarrassment, maybe?

We can take it

Stephen Colbert, the TV host and sponsor of the U.S. speed skating team is being relentless with his shots at Canadians, leading up to the 2010 Olympics.

But calling us “syrup suckers” is funny.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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