Notebook – August 28, 2006

CFL news galore in this edition of the Notebook.

Ti-Cats Make Changes

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats fired offensive co-ordinator Joe Paopao and offensive line coach Kani Kauahi today. While watching the Hamilton-Saskatchewan game on Saturday night and feeling for the Ti-Cats, the broadcast crew was looking for answers to the Ti-Cats woes. No solutions were presented except to find a permanent head coach to replace interim coach Ron Lancaster. I could not help to think the obvious was being overlooked, that a team that cannot score has the wrong offensive system in place, making Joe Paopao responsible. Paopao does not exactly have a perfect record as either offensive co-ordinator or head coach with offensive responsibilities. He may be one of the all-time good guys but he has to understand, like Kent Austin, offensive co-ordinator casualty in Toronto, that offensive schemes must mould to the player’s abilities and style of play in the CFL today. Paopao may be part fall guy, but I would predict that if Danny Maciocia was released in Edmonton, he could implement an offence in Hamilton that would produce results with Jason Maas and the current players.

Ottawa Plea

Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun asks the CFL to get it right in Ottawa by reconsidering the $3.5 million franchise fee. Brennan questions how such a fee will help a new franchise, one that is essentially the same franchise that was awarded in 2001 and paid a similar fee. This franchise could have been bought for $1 in April by any of the prospective owners, but without any preparation time the losses this season would have been staggering. The first year of operation is still expected to require $4-5 million in losses outside of any franchise fee. The board of governors are insistent on the fee to maintain the book value of their own franchises. A fee of $1 million seems more reasonable, $700,000 to pay back the league for costs to move Winnipeg to the East division and $300,000 for the league to cover other costs and distribute to the other member clubs. This reduction would certainly help the Ottawa team achieve a stronger financial footing, strengthening all CFL clubs and increasing their value. The alternative, an Ottawa team folding within five years, will centennially diminish CFL club values, and perhaps end the league all together.

On the player side, Ibrahim Kahn speaks of missing playing in Ottawa this season and worries that the Ottawa situation might not be done right for the third time. The chances of recovering the Ottawa market after that are very slim. The fact is the Ottawa fans have been supportive, with an average regular season attendance over 20,000 the last fifteen seasons (fourteen out of fifteen seasons with a sub .500 record) a team has played there. This rivals what Montreal draws currently. With some corporate sponsorship and team success, the can easily be a successful franchise. However, it must start with a proper franchise fee and expansion draft. The current private owners of the CFL all bought in at a song, ate losses in the first years, but had infrastructure and players to build from. For a blank slate in Ottawa, they want $3.5 million and to throw in some Canadian players on the bubble for a market that requires some show of mea culpa from a league that approved bad owner after bad owner for their team? Surely, that makes no sense to even the league office.

Notes

More Tillman notes.

CFL TV ratings are down. Has the weather been too perfect this year or an Ottawa drop off?

Eskimos looks to bring back Brady. Maciocia appears to be giving himself a lot of rope to hang himself with.

Though Kevin Glenn’s playing status is doubted for Labour Day Sunday’s match up, you can expect him to play with the release of Mike Quinn.

Nursing a broken arm and injured heel, Ricky Williams speculates about returning to Canada after his NFL career is over. Sounds like he will play out his contract with Miami which ends after the 2007-08 NFL season, and then he is gonzo.

There has been a lot of talk about Damon Allen approaching Warren Moon’s pro football record of 70,553 career passing yards. Some claim this should make him a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, others believe that is a pipe dream. I do not have a vote, but lobbying by his Hall of Fame brother Marcus might make Allen the first CFL-only player to make the US Hall. That certainly cannot hurt the CFL.

6 Responses to “Notebook – August 28, 2006”

  1. Bill Says:

    If it’s called the pro football hall of fame then CFL types should definitely be considered. Otherwise call it the American football hall of fame or something equally sounding less grandeur so the americans don’t like it. “World” Series? give me a break!

    oh and as an aside, have I mentioned I’m glad there’s no CFL draft on this site? Even though I won it like twice, those ones always made me super-nervous and anxious. It’s a lot easier doing the CFL pool :)

    Here’s one that’s glad the stats for the CFL aren’t up to the standards people want them to be :)

  2. Bill Says:

    Oh and Ottawa better not use “Rough Riders” – that would just be silly!

  3. Jon Says:

    Whew! Bill that’s a lot of comments. How about some participation from some others? Where’s that McKinnon?

  4. Bill Says:

    I was bored one night at midnight :)

    Grant posting? He probably just took his July prize and deserted us! :)

  5. Grant Says:

    July prize?

  6. Jon Says:

    Yes Grant. Check out the article. We’ll give you a break on the deadline if you were on holidays.

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