Renegade revival?

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Great to see that the Ottawa Citizen is keeping the hopes alive of a Renegades revival in the nation's capital by next season.

But don't hold your breath.

First, a Renegades' return to Ottawa will cost prospective owners a franchise fee of $6 million as well as posting a $10 million line of credit and, according to the Citizen, they must pony up by October if they want to be in operation by 2007.

Although there are reportedly three "credible" groups checking it out, we just can't see it. Not with a lame-duck commissioner (Tom Wright) who is determined to correct his mistake there.

Wright's failure in the whole Glieberman fiasco has led to his departure. But without Wright or a suitable replacement on board, why would any investor in his right mind risk hard-earned cash in a venture that has failed so many times before in a league with no leadership?

At least the CFL is finally getting one thing right. Former owner Bernie Glieberman paid no franchise fee nor did he post a line of credit. And who's to blame for that? Certainly, Wright was not wrong alone.

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122

The most points that Saskatchewan, whose defence was ranked No. 2 last year, has surrendered in its first three games since 1990.

227

Edmonton set a club record in penalty yardage in its victory over B.C. The CFL record is 265 (Hamilton).

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QUOTES ...

"What do you want me to do, cut half the team? We have a good team ... We just have to get more out of them."

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"The dude (Lions OL Rob Murphy) grabbed me and pulled me down and then jumped on me ... But I have to be more of a veteran and take that and play some more."

-- EDMONTON DE JOE MONTFORD, WHO WAS EJECTED IN HIS FIRST GAME BACK WITH THE ESKIMOS (EDMONTON SUN)

"(Saskatchewan GM Roy Shivers) tried to trade me at the end of the 2003 season when I came back (from the NFL) and nobody knew about that. Thankfully, I was able to (play) in 2004 and do my thing. Then, with (Roughriders head coach) Danny (Barrett), all of a sudden it's, 'We want you now.'"

-- A STILL-BITTER CALGARY QB HENRY BURRIS ON HIS PARTING WITH SASKATCHEWAN (CALGARY SUN)

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