There is a silver lining on every cloud.
The CFL certainly will be searching for one next week, because it sure doesn't look like anyone is going to come in and save the Ottawa Renegades.
Let's face it: The Renegades aren't going to play in 2006, but with a proper search for new owners they can come back strong in 2007.
They always come back.
But, for now, let's focus on an eight-team CFL. Again.
Kent Gilchrist wrote in The (Vancouver) Province yesterday that the league is looking at one division of eight teams this season.
The Hit Parade says: Bring it on.
The schedule would have to be tweaked, but teams obviously would still want their nine home games. Therefore, all teams would have home-and-home series against each other, but each squad would also play four teams one extra time.
Winnipeg, for example, could play its extra games against Saskatchewan, Edmonton, Montreal and B.C.
Which Bomber fan wouldn't love that?
So now that the schedule's set, the playoff formula is simple: third vs. sixth, fourth vs. fifth, and first and second get byes. Then, in the semifinal round, first plays the lowest remaining seed and second takes on the other team.
This way, we'd get some variety when it comes to playoff matchups. How many times does Calgary take on Hamilton in the first round? Or when have Edmonton and Montreal clashed in a semifinal?
Because really, who wants (or needs) to see Montreal play Toronto in the East Division final again?
The teams wouldn't like it because regional rivalries would go out the window. Purists would argue that a Hamilton-Calgary playoff contest has no history, that it's not tradition and that is has to be an east-west Grey Cup.
The most prominent tradition in the CFL is a team folding every three years.
It's time to do away with tradition.
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