It would be almost funny if it weren't so sad. The Ottawa Renegades are up for sale. Again.
Just one year after Michigan millionaire Bernie Glieberman purchased what has to be the CFL's unluckiest team, vowing to stick around until he turned it into a winner, the team is back on the block.
We dug back through the archives (we didn't have to go very far) to find what Glieberman told the Sun last July as he settled into his role as majority owner of the Renegades.
He seemed genuinely sorry for his earlier football experience in the nation's capital when he owned the Rough Riders from 1991-93, before pulling up stakes in favour of an expansion team in the U.S.
"We never should have left," Glieberman told the Sun last summer. "The fans here are yearning to support a championship team and that's exactly what we are planning to build."
Somewhere between then and now, that sense of commitment vanished and Glieberman decided he wasn't ready to pour more money into a franchise that by his estimation lost $4 million last year.
A series of emergency meetings involving Glieberman, minority owner Bill Smith and the CFL resolved nothing, and yesterday league commissioner Tom Wright announced that the Renegades are up for sale.
The timing stinks. With roughly eight weeks until training camp is scheduled to open, the chances of pro football in Ottawa this summer are somewhere between zero and nil.
The league says it has formed a committee to identify new ownership, adding it is "acutely aware of the urgency" of the situation. No kidding.
"Ottawa is a very strong CFL market," Wright told reporters yesterday. "We will do everything we can to ensure that this franchise has a chance to compete this season."
Thanks for that, but forgive us if we don't strike up the band just yet. We're still mad at ourselves for falling for Glieberman's line when he told us that giving up on the Rough Riders was a bad decision, one that he regretted, and that he wanted a chance to make up for his error in judgment.
Fool us twice, shame on us.