Future looks bright

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Jay McNeil is months away from the pain of training camp and bruises of the football season.

Yet, the Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman can't wait to get there.

News of the team's impending sale has rejuvenated McNeil.

"A month ago I wanted nothing to do with football," McNeil said yesterday, "but now I'm excited to get it going again."

Feterik is ready to hand off the club he purchased in October 2001 to a local ownership group that includes the likes of former Stampeder John Forzani, Doug Mitchell and Ted Hellard.

"They're guys that live in the community and really care about this football team. Not that Michael didn't but it's nice to have those guys here who are passionate," McNeil said. "These guys are solid, solid businessmen.

"It's gonna be a good thing."

This is fourth owner or ownership group for which Jamie Crysdale will have played, so you can understand the long-time centre's tempered enthusiasm.

"I'll probably be happier when I find out the rest of the moves," said Crysdale, alluding to the expected departure of president Ron Rooke and GM-head coach Matt Dunigan.


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