Braley explains joke of CFL cap

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:29 AM ET

Why is it when CFL commissioner Tom Wright talks, I hear the voice of B.C. Lions owner David Braley?

Dunno if you heard the story, but Wright was in B.C. to visit the 2005 Grey Cup office (the big game's in Vancouver this year).

There was talk about all the big signings lately and the joke that has become the CFL salary cap.

Turns out we had it all wrong.

What we thought was a $2.7-million cap, as did the Renegades, apparently is not a cap at all. Silly us.

"That's a target. That's a minimum," Braley told Vancouver reporters, "then you set a ceiling and teams can pay within that range."

Glad that's all cleared up.

HEAR AND THERE: Have you seen all the rule changes they made to make F1 safer? The real goal, of course is to slow down world champ Michael Schumacher, but I think making him drive a Suzuki Sidekick is a bit much ... Schumacher, by the way, had 84 career wins going into this weekend. All the rest of the F1 drivers have combined for 48.

REVELATIONS: That was interesting offer from those Wall St. types for the entire NHL, lockout, stock and barrel, even though it doesn't sound like it's going anywhere. "You couldn't get 30 guys to sell their teams," said Philadelphia Flyers honcho Ed Snider. "You could go to the moon in a two-engine plane quicker than you could do that." But, the owners keep telling us, business is sooo bad ... If they want a good pay-per-view event, put a camera in the room where NHL owners will decide who gets the top pick in the next NHL draft. That'll be a good one.

SPECULATIONS: I can't think of another player in the NFL more born to be an Oakland Raider than Randy Moss. Not one who isn't in jail, anyway ... There's talk The Players Championship, the unofficial fifth major of the PGA Tour, will be moved from March to May when the new TV deal starts in 2007. That will give a better rhythm to the pro golf season with a big event in each month from April to August.

JUST WONDERING: Now that Kobe Bryant is settling his civil case with that young lady in Colorado, wonder if Mrs. Bryant is going to get another ring? At the rate Kobe's going, Mrs. B is gonna have more rings than Scotty Bowman pretty soon ... Will the real Ottawa 67's please stand up?

LET ME SAY THIS ABOUT THAT: Did you catch the Westminster Kennel Show? Haven't seen that many pampered dogs on display since the last time the New York Rangers were in town.

SOME ACTUAL NEWS: Stopped in at the Quebec Golf Association's annual meeting Friday. The QGA is coming off a tough year with budget cuts and a mutiny of some clubs in the Quebec City region, which withdrew from the organization and the RCGA over dues ... QGA members voted unanimously to merge with the Quebec branch of the CLGA. The new organization will be known as Golf Quebec (www.golfquebec.org) ... Rideau View's Stephen Fritsch is the top ranked local player on the QGA's Order of Merit heading into this season. He's fifth. Mike Walker of Outaouais is ninth.

NAPKIN NOTES: Toronto Raptors GM Rob Babcock organized a trip to the Civil Rights Museum, on the site where Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated, when the Raptors were in Memphis last week. Just three players took the tour. That reminded me of the time the Senators were in Washington and coach Rick Bowness took the players downtown for a walk, and to put life in perspective, suggested a trip to "The Wall," the memorial for those who gave their lives in Vietnam. "We're going to The Wall?" asked Vladimir Ruzicka. "I thought he said, 'mall.' I go to mall." Sometimes they just don't get it.

PARTING SHOT: NHL agents have been threatened with decertification if they represent any replacement players. Guess that opens the door for replacement agents, too.

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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