Renegades are CFL's problem, not Ottawa's

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:49 AM ET

There was a report some of the members of the CFL's board of governors, frustrated by the situation here, might have been willing to write off Ottawa as a CFL market because of the latest example of embarrassingly incompetent ownership.

Huh?

It was the CFL and its board of governors that wanted to expand to Ottawa and supposedly did its due diligence and approved the Watters-Gillies-Smith group for ownership.

Maybe the league sold them a wonky bill of goods (that story could be coming to a court room near you), but the league opened the door to them.

Now some in the league are blaming the city and its long-suffering fans for the latest example of appallingly inept ownership here?

The CFL's lucky the city and its fans doesn't tell this eternally minor league to take its franchise and shove it.

Then again, given there are only 4,300 season tickets sold so far, maybe that's exactly what many of the fans are doing.

HEAR AND THERE: Wow. Renegades CEO John Lisowski revealed in detail how the Renegades papered the house at Frank Clair Stadium. It was shocking news: An executive with a CFL club actually telling the truth ... In case you haven't already, hug your mom today. I'm sending one through the Internet right now to Greta.

REVELATIONS: Interesting to note that of the players taken first in the OHL in the last 25 years, only Eric Lindros could be considered to have gone on and become a big star in the NHL -- and that's pushing it, given the way things have turned out ... Brien Davis, the guy Manotick's Brad Fritsch is duelling with at the Corona Mazatlan Classic today in Mexico, is the nephew of seven-time PGA Tour winner Peter Jacobsen, a.k.a. Jake Trout ... Gotta think if you win the Corona Mazatlan Classic, a life-time supply of the sponsor's product has to be part of the deal. Limes, too.

SPECULATIONS: Call me a cynic (the people in London are calling me a lot worse these days), but if Bobby Orr, player agent, had John Tavares as a client, I'm not so sure he'd be so quick to be calling for younger kids to stay in midget hockey ... It only made the "Sports Briefs" section of most papers, but Andy Roddick's act of good sportsmanship (he corrected an "out" call, giving an ace to Fernando Verdasco) deserved more recognition. The match could have been over in Roddick's favour, but instead, Verdasco came back to win. Somewhere, John McEnroe is disgusted.

JUST WONDERING: IIHF honcho Rene Fasel said there is no deadline for the NHL to decide if its players will play in the Winter Olympics next year. That's the same Fasel who said last fall the deadline was this past January, right? ... Thieves hijacked 47,000 baseball caps that were to be given away at Yankee Stadium this weekend. Given the Yankees' start, the thieves won't be able to give the hats away.

LET ME SAY THIS ABOUT THAT: Times have changed in Ottawa. Remember when "Alfie" referred to the captain of the local NHL team? Now he's a winger with the 67's ... Speaking of the Swedish Alfie, he thinks Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist could be the greatest athlete the country's ever produced ... The London Knights looked like a team that could be had Friday night and not the invincible juggernaut some believe them to be.

NAPKIN NOTES: George Steinbrenner apparently loves Lou Lamoriello and wants the New Jersey Devils GM to move over and run the Yankees. The way things are going in the NHL, Lamoriello might have the time to do both ... The CFL sure is a different league. In other leagues, you have players opting out of school to be the top draft pick. In the CFL, you have the top pick opting out of pro football to stay in school.

PARTING SHOTS: Mark Calcavecchia tied the knot the other day, marrying his caddie, Brenda Nardecchia. You can't make stuff like that up. Brenda Nardecchia-Calcavecchia ... Eugene Melnyk celebrated his ownership of the Senators by hosting a concert by The Eagles, one of his and his wife's favourite bands. Bet you really want Lonie Glieberman to get control of the Renegades now, huh? He told the Sun's Don Brennan his favourite bands are Herman's Hermits and the Spice Girls.

CYBERSPACED (the way emails should be): vets@thanks/fromtheheart.com

Chris:

Hey, you &#$%^&* @!%#*%$.

What do you think of our London Knights now?

You can $%#&*^ &*%!!

Sincerely,

Every Mouth-Breathing London Knights Fan With Access to E-Mail Out There.

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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