'Gade aid by Aykroyd?

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

Imagine Dan Aykroyd, back in Ottawa, with fedora and sunglasses, wearing the jersey of his new family: The Ottawa Renegades. Bruise Brother.

As damaging as the most recent production of Friday Night Football was to the Renegades' post-season hopes, it also provided an intriguing moment the team plans to investigate regarding the future.

Sparking the curiosity of the front office was an interview TSN broadcasters Chris Cuthbert and Glen Suitor did with Ottawa-born TV/movie star Aykroyd, who was in Calgary, watching the Stampeders beat the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

Addressing Aykroyd's fondness of the CFL and pointing out that he was a Carleton University alumnus, the pair vaguely asked the famous funnyman if he would consider buying shares in the Renegades.

"It's possible, if the economics are right," said Aykroyd. "When you build a great franchise it can be a lot of fun."

Renegades president Lonie Glieberman, who is in Michigan during his team's bye week, was informed of Aykroyd's comments yesterday by VP of football operations Forrest Gregg.

"We're not interested in selling," said Glieberman, "but we are going to try and get in touch with him to see if he wants to get involved."

The Gliebermans have 51% of the Renegades, while Bill Smith owns about 45% and Bill and Brad Watters have the leftovers.

The future plans of the minority owners are unknown. The Renegades' losses will be seven figures again.

Meanwhile, not only did the Stampeders' victory mathematically eliminate both the Ticats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers from playoff contention, it also put the 6-9 Renegades in a position where there have to win at least two of their remaining three games to have any prayer of playing past their Nov. 5 regular season finale.

While the dream of finishing higher than third in the East is all but dead, Ottawa must have at least as many victories as either Calgary or Saskatchewan to avoid getting bumped by the crossover format.

Both teams have eight wins and play each other in a game that should catch the Renegades' interest next weekend.

The Renegades are in Hamilton Friday, then finish out their season with home games against Montreal and Toronto.

After facing Saskatchewan at Taylor Field, Calgary is in Winnipeg and at home to Edmonton. The Roughriders will have just one game left, and it's in B.C.

don.brennan@ott.sunpub.com


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