No Esk-aping lie

Edmonton Eskimos new head coach Danny Maciocia poses for a family photo with his daughter Juliana,...

Edmonton Eskimos new head coach Danny Maciocia poses for a family photo with his daughter Juliana, who's being held by his wife, Sandra, following a news conference at Commonwealth Stadium. (SUN FILE PHOTO/Walter Tychnowicz)

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:00 PM ET

Before media relations directors from CFL teams hooked up on a conference call this week, it was suggested they remind their bosses about the importance of honesty. Or, at the very least, to stop lying in public.

Just as kids trying to avoid trouble are often the most frequent offenders when it comes to telling untruths, the CFL's newest coaches and relatively new owners have recently shown off their inexperience (laziness?) with denials rather than at least stickhandling around issues.

Eventually, they will learn that if they're not going to come clean on a query, it's best to tell a reporter/the fans that they can't or don't want to answer rather than blatantly mislead. And if they are going to spread manure, to make damn sure they don't wind up wearing it.

Unless he simply isn't being consulted on trades (in which case there's a bigger problem) it would seem Danny Maciocia, who has been a CFL coach for all of two months, should be suffering the shame of being caught in a fib.

The same day he was insisting to Edmonton reporters there had been no trade talks with Ottawa involving A.J. Gass, Renegades boss Joe Paopao was admitting to media here there was a deal on the table for him to accept or reject.

Obviously, Paopao wasn't making such stuff up, just as it's obvious Maciocia didn't want his player to know that he was being peddled -- in case talks fell through and he needed Gass to play for him again.

Still, Maciocia should have offered up a "no comment" or "we are talking to different teams about different players" dodge.

Right now, his word looks to be about as solid as Ed Hervey's, and the Eskimos' green and gold continues to turn a bit brown this off-season.

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WORTH REPEATING: "To shoot, or not to shoot," -- Carleton Ravens fan, as Ottawa Gee-Gees forward Curtis Shakespeare was going through his routine before a free-throw attempt last Saturday ... Dean Brown's impersonation of Zdeno Chara is as good as Rich Little's Jimmy Stewart.

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don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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