Sun, December 4, 2005
Maas deal still reeksBackroom bargaining hangs cloud on Esks' Grey Cup win
By STEVE SIMMONS, SUN MEDIA
The Edmonton Eskimos continue to celebrate a murky Grey Cup victory earned beneath a cloud of suspicion.
Jason Maas is now the quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Canadian Football League says all is well with the world.
It says all that with a straight face.
But the smell -- and this time it's not just another Hamilton joke -- of the transaction won't go away no matter what Hugh Campbell or Danny Maciocia or Tom Wright say about it.
The fact Maas was, in essence, dealt to Hamilton during the season, the fact the particulars of most of the trade were revealed prior to the Grey Cup and the fact the deal came off as reported just after the championship, puts the league in question, the Ticats participation in question and puts the long-standing Eskimos control of the CFL in question.
The Eskimos don't win the Grey Cup, period, if they don't have Maas to bail them out of two playoff games. And they don't win the Grey Cup if they don't have Troy Davis at running back.
The league can swallow hard here, look the other way and pretend nothing happened. But we all know what happened. And we all know it should never be allowed to happen again.