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Discussion Grows on Bills Foray into Toronto

Friday, February 8th, 2008 by Jon

After Wednesday’s press conference in Toronto to formally announce the Buffalo Bills’ plans to plan eight games in five years in Toronto, more thoughtful reporting and discussion has come out on the depth of this topic.


Bills and Toronto Lies and Rumours

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007 by Jon

Between the lies and rumours
There’s a world of mystery

Lies and Rumours — Alannah Myles

Note: To gain a full understanding of the issues surrounding this topic, one must read as much as one can on what has been written about it. I encourage everyone to read as many of the stories linked to in this post for the greatest spectrum of coverage on this subject.

After rumours surfaced around CFL owners pursuing an NFL franchise on their own, I wrote a post asking questions that this development raised as well as a facetious take on the hype it caused. Soon after more stories broke around the Buffalo Bills scheduling to play games in Toronto, which I linked to and said I would address in my verbose fashion at a later date. Now that the plan has been officially announced by the Bills and the commentary is mostly done I provide this summary of the stories and my sober analysis of what this means for Toronto businesspersons who want to acquire an NFL franchise and for the CFL.


Globe Claims CFL Owners Pursuing NFL Franchise

Thursday, October 11th, 2007 by Jon

The Globe and Mail created a stir today with a report claiming Toronto Argonaut owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski were preparing to purchase any NFL franchise that became available with the intent to move it to Toronto. The story claims that the Argo owners have outlined their strategy to CFL commissioner Mark Cohon and the CFL governors and quotes an anoynmous CFL source.


Tootoo Suspended Five Games

Monday, March 19th, 2007 by Jon

Nashville Predators forward Jordan Tootoo was suspended five games by the NHL for a gloved punch to the face on Dallas defenceman Stephane Robidas. Robidas was knocked unconscious, taken from the ice on a stretcher and is out a week with a concussion.

Speculation is that Tootoo, after putting a hit on Dallas forward Mike Modano, was expecting retaliation from other Dallas players despite the hit being clean, and in instinct and self-defence, reacted to the first player upon turning around. This is not to justify his gloved-punch, but to raise the issue whether the NHL player code is flawed, requiring players have to protect themselves after clean hits.

This post is here to take your comments on this and other recent incidents.

2007 NHL Trade Deadline Brings Big Moves

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 by Jon

The 2007 NHL Trade Deadline involved some big players going on the move. Pretty much all of the big names (some waving no-trade clauses) are unrestricted free agents July 1, and were established players for prospects and/or draft picks. Salary cap issues came into play for some teams, and all the big names end up on American teams.

OC Jottings

No jottings in the last 7 days. Here is a random jotting.

  • February 2, 2007
    Bombers Ask for Developer Proposals → Wanting a competing bid to the David Asper proposal, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have advertised for developer proposals for new stadium development or stadium improvements. Wanting to increase their revenue streams, they still do not explain how any developer is supposed to make money off of any development that costs more than the football club can afford. #
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