Time to cut and run on Renegades

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:21 AM ET

To hear people around the CFL talk you would think the key to saving football in Ottawa is getting the Gliebermans out of the picture.

This from a league that practically begged the aforementioned sugar daddies to buy into the woeful Renegades a year ago.

The league governors knew what Bernie and Lonie Glieberman were all about when they brought them on board last spring. The Glieberguys owned teams in the CFL before and were the butt of more jokes than Michael Jackson.

But the governors needed owners with deep pockets to save the Ottawa franchise and the Gliebermans were dumb enough to step forward, so the relationship was rekindled.

Less than a year later the team is a disgrace. The Renegades are for sale (again) are on the verge of folding (again) and might need to be propped up by the other teams in the league (again).

Somehow it took until now, two months before the start of training camp, for CFL commissioner Tom Wright and his staff to realize something was seriously wrong.

They should have seen this coming and nipped it in the bud months ago because this uncertainty at a crucial time of year is unforgivable.

Apparently they were fooled into thinking everything was all right because the Renegades were spending on free agents (Kyries Hebert, Korey Banks) like drunken sailors.

But Monopoly money only goes so far and now even the Gliebermans are deserting the sinking ship.

Getting the Gliebermans out of the picture isn't good enough.

The only way the CFL can save face from this whole mess, is to get the hell out of Ottawa. Stat.

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