Steve Simmons once again has astounded me with his profound thoughts about the CFL. Below is from his article today concerning the David Allen situation with the Stamps:
"No matter how the story is told, the Canadian Football League somehow is made to look small and, frankly, there are already enough reasons to think of it that way."
First of all Steve, those of us who are Canadian football and CFL fans are quite happy for the fact that football in Canada and the CFL is small, we neither apologize for it nor are embarrased about this, as you seem to be.
Second of all, you failed to mention that David Allen would leave, as just about all players in the CFL would, if the NFL came with a contract where the minimum is in the $230,000 year range. Which is why the NFL has to honour the CFL contracts otherwise the CFL would just be an farm league, like the AHL is to the NHL, where the parent team can call up anyone at any time regardless of whether the team is in a championship process or not. Which is why I hope that the CFL never ever becomes a farm league to the NFL, then it will be a real joke with players called up at the last minute even the night before the Grey Cup, this could happen. Yes, the talent would go up a notch but not worth it at all IMO, it would destroy the integrity of the teams. The revolving door in the CFL would be spinning faster than it is now with players getting hurt in football as often as they do.
Should the Stamps have signed Allen allowing him the clause to leave at any time? I think so because it seemed that there was a low chance hat the Rams would offer him a contract right away. But this can be argued either way for sure. But it underscores that the CFL should never become a farm league to the NFL as I mentioned above, and if this lesson was learned from this situation, then this is a good thing for Canada's "small league".[url=http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Columnists/Simmons/2005/11/11/1302489-sun.html]http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Columnists/Si ... 9-sun.html[/url]