Glanville showed interest in 'Gades

DON BRENNAN, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

Before the Renegades re-hired Joe Paopao as their football boss, a famous (and somewhat eccentric) former NFL coach was interested in the job. That'd be the one and only Jerry Glanville.

Known most recently as a colourful colour analyst on NFL broadcasts (and, in oval circles, as a race driver), Glanville enjoyed success on the sidelines of the Houston Oilers in the late 1980s and as coach of the Atlanta Falcons in the early 1990s. And sometime around Christmas, he let the Renegades know he would like to try his hand at the three-down game.

Now, it's impossible to say if Glanville would have thrived or flopped in Ottawa. Some believe the CFL's intricacies require a coach to have experience; others say a football is football and a motivator is a motivator no matter the surroundings.

One thing for sure: Glanville would have been entertaining.

You've probably seen the blooper tape that has him telling an official during the course of a game that NFL stands for "Not For Long," which would be the shelf life of Glanville's job if his team kept getting flagged. But he garnered even more notoriety for his habit of always leaving a pair of stubs at the Will Call window for Elvis Presley, just in case the King was really alive and well and thinking of coming to the game.

The Renegades could have used his business, at least.

NEWS AND VIEWS: A majority of today's NHL players will be looking for real work (or, for those who don't need the income, something to do with their time) when the league's owners turn to replacement players the fans will grow to love next season. But hey, at least you guys stood your ground and refused to give in to that bad old salary cap, eh? ... More likely is this -- at least 50% of the union's members will cross the lockout line ... Dave McKay, a coach of the Oakland A's in the '90s, says players on his team noticed "Juiced Up" Jose Canseco's testicles shrinking. Should he not have been more worried about the balls they were keeping their eyes on? .... When it comes to the free-agent market, the Renegades should give consideration to luring Argos DE Eric England, who led the CFL in sacks with 14 two seasons ago. Ottawa hasn't had a decent pass rusher since its return to the league in 2002 ... Just a hunch, but Kelly Wiltshire will wind up signing a six-figure contract for a winning team that doesn't call Frank Clair Stadium home ... Are you the Hot 89.9 $50,000 fugitive? If so, please call me ... Favourite headline of the week was in the New York Post, after Jason Giambi held a press conference to apologize for his 2004 season but avoided admitting to steroid use: He's no Yankee, he's a Dodger ... Wonder if the Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League are over-paying Bryan Smolinski, too?

DAY PLANNING: No NHL doesn't mean there are no NHLers to watch. The Senators alumni will face the Montreal Canadiens alumni on the canal next Saturday (10 a.m. at Snowbowl, the NCC's new winter amphitheatre, between the Government Conference Centre and the NAC) as part of Senators Hockey Day in the Capital ... You'd prefer to see tomorrow's stars than yesterday's? As a lead in to oldtimers, more than 1,000 boys and girls from minor hockey teams will be taking part in 115 simultaneous shinny games, beginning at 8 a.m. ... And for those more interested in making a road trip, ex-stars like Doug Gilmour, Kirk Muller and Wendel Clark will be playing some 3-on-3 hockey at a specially constructed rink in the parking lot behind Kingston city hall on the same day, part of that town's winter festival. Muller tells us he came up with the idea for this type of fundraiser after playing in the Heritage Classic, outside at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, in November of 2003.

D.B.'s BEST BET: The Renegades will still be undefeated after Week 1, if the CFL schedule remains as it is right now. Guaranteed. For the way it is now, they have a bye Week 1 and open their schedule against the Montreal Alouettes on Canada Day.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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