Is CFL really still sold on Ottawa?

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

Can a blind squirrel actually find a third nut?

That's the hope football fans in Ottawa are left clinging to while they mourn the Renegades, and as we too wonder if it's possible, the mind did get sidetracked for a bit yesterday ... While you never like to be caught laughing at a funeral, it was the morning after the death of the local CFL team and with bewilderment and giddiness, we had to shake our head and chuckle.

Remember the stories on your sports pages at the start of last month?

March Madness? Damn straight. It was crazy.

During an approximate two-week span, the CFL went from introducing the coaches for the next "Touchdown Atlantic" exhibition game -- considered another stepping stone to expansion -- to effectively losing an owner and soon thereafter a franchise. And the lost team would be one of the two scheduled to promote the game in the Maritimes??!!

What were the odds?

Who thought George Mason would make it to the Final Four, eh? And how was Tom Wright to know his blueprint to build would soon need to be scrapped, that, ipso facto, the plan for 10 would have to change to a plan for eight?

Not everyone would see it as trouble when, 24 hours later, one of the aforementioned coaches, the renegade John Jenkins, called out his perceived superiors at his own press conference. Or when a day after that, GM Forrest Gregg was declaring "war" on those perceived superiors -- Phil Kershaw and John Jenkins -- moments after the team president had resigned to stop fighting with his father, the team owner.

While there might have been a few other subtle signs, one giant double take greeted the news Bernie Glieberman had decided he would tell Wright of his unwillingness to continue on alone -- just as soon as the cool commish returned from a holiday in the Dominican Republic.

And so it is now that we are now left to rely on the blind squirrel (Wright) finding his third nut -- presuming he really did have a hand in locating new owners for Hamilton and Toronto.

Maybe Tommy "Terrific" should invite certain members of the local media, a restaurant owner or two and a few southsiders with time on their hands to join him in the interview process.

Because even if a potential investor meets all the other criteria, he doesn't stand a chance here if the community doesn't like him. Personally, I never understood that.

I watched The Longest Yard the other night and I don't even know who produced the movie. I watched it because I like Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and football.

I have lots of friends (honest) who sit through entire games at Frank Clair Stadium without even thinking about owners or GMs. Their loyalty isn't even dependent on the home team winning.

They just like getting out on a Thursday night with their buddies, having a few beers, checking out the talent on and off the field, cheering, chirping and laughing.

I know others who love bringing their kids to a game on an bright and cool fall day, and still others who enjoy taking their dates to the stadium before they go dancing on a Saturday evening.

None of them cared that Glieberman was signing the cheques, just as none of them cared when the perennially absent Horn Chen was in charge, or when one or two of the original Renegades owners had way too many beers in the Beaver Lodge.

And now, we are without for a list of reasons that (probably near the bottom) include a negativity toward Glieberman harvested by individuals who either a) feel bitter or hard done by from his last tenure as owner or b) believe they KNOW the way a football team should be run, never mind that they want no part in running one.

Two final thoughts, before we return you to your mourning: If the CFL is so sure that Ottawa is a good market, and if Wright and Co. know the proper way to operate the organization (as they must considering the constant advice they gave Glieberman), then why didn't the league save itself this embarrassment and just take over the Renegades until a new owner could be found, as it surely wouldn't have lost the projected millions with such shrewd handling.

It would have maybe even made money, no?

Also, is the league going to buy all the Renegades football and office equipment? Because if not, wouldn't that suggest it has no plans on having a new owner in here any time soon?


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