Bob was quite restrained in his reaction to what was undoubtedly a persistent effort by the reporter to get a juicy quote on the Ricky Williams issue, and in particular its salary cap implications.
"The problem is, I'm sort of torn," Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young said. "On the one hand, I'd love to sort of get into this. On the other, the Argos are my partners in this venture and if they believe Ricky Williams is going to help their franchise attract fans to the gate and make them a more stable organization, good for them."
The CFL announced plans for a new salary management system over the winter, with one key point being that all teams adhere to a limit of $3.8-million this season.
Young, who made his millions in computers, said the salary cap is: “An issue we debate heatedly, obviously, among those at the board table. And I’m not going to make that a public debate … but you’re welcome to ask the Argos how they propose to do that.”
Less restrained in his response was a certain Mr. Cynamon.
"We have room under our cap," Argos co-owner David Cynamon shot back following the media conference. "This is an unbelievably reasonable salary to CFL standards. He's not even the highest-paid player on the team. So we have our room, we're well in position -- and I think computer salesmen should worry about their own teams."
Are we gonna stand for this people? Let the games begin!
"As far as talent . . . the talent here is comparable to the NFL. From what I saw out there, these guys can run, these guys can hit, these guys know what they're doing. Football is football. There are a couple of differences in the game but for the most part it's just terminology."
dont u think this 'ups' the CFL image, when the NFLs biggest star says the cfl players are as good as NFL players...i think so.
Argos owner showed very poor judgement here. Bob was classy and reserved in his comments.
These type of comments make it difficult to grow the league when everyone is doing their own thing.
As much as I like seeing Williams in the CFL and this is a very good financial move for the Argos. There is no need to get dirty.
Its also erroneous Bob was the CEO of a succesful software company, the most successful open source developer ever. He 's not a computer salesman. That's like assuming Cynamon made his money selling CinaBuns...
Ricky does have to deal with one extra defender and no support from blocking TE's. Anyways, having Ricky in the league will help other teams and the CFL more than T.O. itself.
Ricky's salary + incentives + what the argo's have to pay to insure his NFL salary = Agro's in the red. Everyone knows he's a one time deal...so really it doesnt do anything for the agro's in the future.
The only good out of this is maybe NFL caliber or NFL cuts will take more of a chance to try out the CFL.
"We expressed to Ricky our concerns about playing in Toronto in 2006," Nick Saban said. "We are relying on assurances made by Ricky, his agent, the Toronto Argonauts, and the commissioner of the Canadian Football League that Ricky will return to the Dolphins in 2007.
Ha...do you really think Miami would let him play if his NFL contract wasnt insured by Toronto???