In some circles, it's being looked at as both an uppercut to the chin and a boot to the gonads, but an open letter by CFL commissioner Mark Cohon to the league's players on Wednesday is an ominous sign that the Ottawa RedBlacks and eight other teams won't begin training camp on time next week.
As much as CFL management types, including RedBlacks president of sports Jeff Hunt, are saying it's business as usual, it won't be -- it can't be -- not as long as two sides in a labour negotiation stubbornly dig in their heels.
One insider suggested players will stomp their feet a bit, then skip the opening of training camp, before agreeing to a compromise -- maybe a week later.
But think about it, even if that is the case, camp a week late?
Does one team get affected more than others? Insert deep sigh here. Yeah, the RedBlacks.