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Duke-ing it out
An open letter from former player to owners of Renegades
By JAMES ELLINGSON
Renegades coach Joe Paopao, left, glances at executive vice-president Forrest Gregg, middle, and president Lonie Glieberman during yesterday's team picture day.
I decided to write this letter late Saturday afternoon while leaving Frank Clair Stadium after the Renegadesâ€™ 43-23 loss to Montreal. As I was walking out, it struck me once again how much CFL fans in Ottawa love this game and how great it is, despite the struggles this year, to have the CFL back in the Nationâ€™s Capital.
For your willingness to step up as owners, I and many others in this city, are grateful. However, I have a deep sense of foreboding about the path you are choosing to take this team on, and I am hoping by writing this open letter now, and asking the two local papers to publish it, that I may be able to at least cause you to think seriously about your recent decisions.
When you came back to town, one of the most common quotes I heard from you was that you had learned some lessons from your first tenure as owners of the Rough Riders in the early 1990s. It was this comment that gave me hope that perhaps things would be different. Certainly, I think you would both agree that the biggest of those self-admitted mistakes was replacing credible experienced CFL football people with individuals with very suspect track records or little or no experience in the CFL game.
My message to both of you is a simple one: Donâ€™t repeat those same mistakes, the ones that ultimately cost you ownership of this team and began the demise of the Rough Riders. Secondly, if you are looking for a model of how to build a successful franchise in this league, simply look around at EVERY other organization. There is one common denominator in every city â€? a leader who has earned the right to lead their team through hard work, paying dues, and learning and understanding the unique nuances of the CFL.
Cfl fans it is worse then anyone thought it could be!