'Gades a circus without Gliebermen

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:57 AM ET

Brad Watters has packed up and headed back to The Big Smoke, but Watters' departure is not a remedy for the sad state of the franchise. That can only be fixed by some quick, decisive and confidence-building action by the people in charge, whoever they are.

Watters does leave the Renegades in worse shape now than when Watters et al founded them.

The early optimism of the founding year has now been replaced by the weary cynicism the Ottawa football fan wears like a moth-eaten J.C. Watts sweater.

QUESTIONABLE PERFORMANCES

To be fair, the healthy skepticism with which the Renegades organization is now regarded is due only in part to Watters' sometimes questionable public performances.

In the midst of the club's season-ticket renewal campaign, the former GM has been cut adrift, the team was decimated during free agency, the president has quit and the remaining owners cannot agree on who will own the team.

That's not all Watters' fault, to be sure. Don't lose sight of the fact thanks to his efforts and others (not mention their cash), we have a CFL team about which to complain.

Now we have a situation where none of the current owners seem to want the team (if they do, they have a funny way of showing it), which is a great way to instill confidence in the populace, huh?

WHY BUY TICKETS?

If they don't seem to want it, why should the ticket-buying public?

Randy Gillies, now apparently the only voice in ownership, has hinted at the ownership situation being resolved in another month or so.

Yeah, we heard that last November.

It's funny, but when the Sun's Don Brennan broke the story saying the Gliebermen were interested in buying into the Renegades, just about everybody reacted with indignation.

No need to have that circus, again, certainly, they huffed.

Well, don't look now...

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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