r the Alouettes, drawing 61,000 fans to the Big O is now an impossible dream. They’ve lost that No. 2 slot and they’re unlikely to get it back. Cutting ties with Jim Popp will help. Popp over the past five seasons had become a drag on the entire organization on and off the field, an inept GM who piled one mistake atop another (Jerome Messam, anyone?) failed to have a quarterback on hand to replace Anthony Calvillo — and went into a public snit when he wasn’t allowed to coach.
To be fair, the Als don’t get much help from the CFL. It’s still the Canadian Flag League, you could prepare a cordon bleu meal during some of the replay review delays — and with the public increasingly queasy about the link between football-related concussions and brain damage, the league decided to double down on dumb.