Thanks to everyone so far for their responses. It was the kind of talk I was hoping to generate.
I’m a diehard so I still hold hope until mathematically eliminated, but I am also a realist and believe we have to look ahead to next season and beyond.
als4ever - thanks also for your response. You started out with “Ah come on” and go on to say that Jesse should be compared to an Eric Lapointe. Agreed to a point - Jesse hasn’t put up the numbers YET. I said that the trading of Lumsden “could” be a disaster should he go on and do what I know he is capable of doing. You are right that he hasn’t yet earned the right to be mentioned along with Jackson, Gabriel and Young. But I will repeat - NOT YET. I don’t want him to go onto Edm or Tor and become the next great one. Mark my words - it will happen. The injury bug will eventually go away - it just has to…This kid is great. I’ve watched him since game one at Mac. One word unbelievable.
So, to speak to the Lapointe comparison, I have to disagree. Jesse means much much more to this community than Lapointe ever did here or in Mtl. Jesse can sell tickets. He is marketable. Even Mike Morreale, working for the CFLPA, has stated numerous times that the most marketable player, and most important player in the CFL, is Jesse Lumsden. He then mentions “It’s too bad he has played for a losing squad”.
Folks, Jesse has the potential (and please, please, please forget about his Cdn birth certificate) to become the best 'back we’ve ever had. Potential is a strong word, but a team in the building mode should not give up potential.