Single Point Links posted in February 2018

Commissioner Road Trip Week Four

Published on February 23, 2018 9:49 PM

The commissioner started the week in Hamilton and ended it in Halifax (watch the Halifax streamed video recording).

The enthusiasm of a crowd rivalling CFL city stops on the commissioner’s tour was tempered by the potential ownership group’s caution over due process and notice that it will be months before more information is available. The message out of Halifax that the partners and league were taking the process “slow and steady” was picked up nationally. Ottawa had a particular interest in the meeting, and how Lansdowne is looked to as a model for Halifax and other’s to copy.

Commissioner Road Trip Week Three

Published on February 18, 2018 9:27 AM

The cross country tour started to wind down with stops in Winnipeg and Edmonton this past week.

Looking forward to Halifax, cold water had to be thrown on well intentioned but wishful thinking conjecture attached to the commissioner’s visit. When the words from anonymous sources don’t pass any logical tests, they should be reported on coffee row and not in the media. Repeated rumours about an announcement coming next week that fall through will end with a boy who cried wolf situation, and further erode trust and believability in Halifax.

Leo Cahill: 1928-2018

Published on February 17, 2018 11:53 AM

Cahill’s personality, full of showmanship and bravado, was so large its gravity attracted controversy. Loved one day, hated the next, his career was full of ups and downs because of his high risk, high reward style of player management and coaching. My condolences to the Cahill family, the CFL has lost a great from its past, but they have lost a loved one.

Commissioner Road Trip Week Two

Published on February 11, 2018 12:28 PM

With stops in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Regina, the commissioner had a busy week on the road.

Here is the rundown:

Unfortunately, the tour has turned into an echo chamber, with the same topics and questions bandied about because they have been raised by the commissioner himself earlier.

Meanwhile, Halifax is looking forward to their visit from the commissioner Feb. 23rd.

Jim Stillwagon: 1949-2018

Published on February 5, 2018 8:36 PM

Saddened to hear of the loss of Jim Stillwagon yesterday, who had a short but outstanding career in Toronto. Exactly how good we don’t know as many defensive statistics weren’t tracked in his era, but he was an All-Star in each of the three full seasons he played (playing two other partial seasons). My condolences to the Stillwagon family.

Commissioner Road Trip Week One

Published on February 4, 2018 12:30 PM

Stopping in Montreal (main link above) and Ottawa to speak with fans and the media, the commissioner theorizes that a ten team league would result in teams playing 12 of 18 games against divisional opponents. Ah, music to my ears, but why wait?

In between, he released a statement on player contracts and made news from comments on off-season jobs. In all the talk about the option year window, it is forgotten it was added in exchange for the 1997 NFL loan, and continued without compensation after the loan was repaid until the CFL had the sense to see they received no advantage from it and negotiated it out of the CBA. The NFL sees no value in it, and won’t pay for a window or compensate for players signed in a window. What is the incentive to the CFL to reinstate it? Strike action would be the only thing.