Wright or wrong move for CFL?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

REGINA -- Every CFL reporter would love to be a fly on the wall at the league's next board meeting, because it sure appears dissention is at an all-time high with this current set of governors after Tom Wright's decision to leave the commissioner's post at the end of the season.

It's actually comical but sad to see the reaction from different teams to Wright jumping off the ship because he knew he didn't have full support.

RIDERS SICK OVER MOVE

"I know that for our franchise, we're just sick over this. It doesn't make sense," said Saskatchewan Roughrider chairman Graham Barker in the local Regina paper.

Eskimo COO Rick LeLacheur wasn't quite as animated, but he sits with the Riders on one side of the board table.

"It's a sad day," said LeLacheur on the afternoon Wright pulled the pin. "Tom has done a great job."

But across the country, Montreal Alouettes owner Robert Wetenhall is thrilled - and doesn't hide it.

"I was very pleased that Mr. Wright has decided not to stand for re-election for commissioner," Wetenhall told the media.

"It gives us a chance to advance our strategic plan and vision.

"We are going to search for a commissioner who is in sync with our view of marketing and expanding the league."

PRAIRIE TEAMS BACKED WRIGHT

It seems to me that Wright was in sync with the views of the four Prairie teams - Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatchewan.

It also seems to me that if Wetenhall wasn't in the league, there would be a good chance that Wright would be staying put.

Good luck finding a credible and long-term commissioner with this divided group of governors.

BIZARRE BUT TRUE: Every time the Lions score a touchdown or a field goal at home this season, an authentic-sounding B.C. Ferries whistle will now blare through B.C. Place.

No truth to the rumour that a CN Rail train horn will sound through Commonwealth Stadium when the Eskimos score this summer.

SHORT HITS: In their three games, Montreal has only given up three fourth-quarter points ... On the flip side, Hamilton's offence has practically disappeared in the second half this year, scoring 14 combined points over four games.


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