Alright, to Ottawa fans, and fans of the CFL, who just want to see our league succeed and thrive ...
I think it's obvious that the CFL is doing great - maybe even at an all-time high - but that there's one trouble spot, and that's the Ottawa Renegades. I also think that most agree that the main cause for concern is the Gliebermen running the team.
I'm certain that football in Ottawa is NOT a hopeless, lost cause. I'm sure that the fan support is there. I know that the reason the Renegades are struggling is not because they're in Ottawa, but because they have a front office that is out of touch with just about everything.
I think it's very possible that the reason the Renegades are struggling is because people are trying to boycott the ownership situation. The problem with this is that it really looks like fan apathy (even if it isn't) and the CFL is especially sensitive to that - apparent fan apathy can spell doom to a franchise.
So I URGE all Renegades and CFL fans - everyone who wants to see football thrive in Ottawa - to get the word out that the front office needs a drastic improvement. Show that you WANT football in Ottawa, but with a good owner. How to do this? Flood the newspapers with letters, and the radio with phone calls. People complaining about something doesn't show apathy; it shows that you care enough to want change. Ideally, as the situation gets more attention in the media, more people will keep coming forward.
Write letters to the papers, call in to the radio, do what it takes ... you will have to be persistent. And you don't have to be from Ottawa to do this. I've already written to the Ottawa Citizen and Sun, and emailed the Team 1200, to say that the Renegades can survive in Ottawa with a change in ownership - and I live in Calgary.
To write a letter to the Citizen:
To get in touch with the Team 1200:
So get the word out, show that the fans care, and help fix the Ottawa situation.