This is an absolutely must read by Steve Simmons.
The CFL must and will survive this, as it has many times before!
This stoppage is another fork in the road for the CFL, whose roads never seem to stop twisting, a league forever in some kind of traffic snafu. I have covered bankruptcies in Toronto, Hamilton, Calgary, Regina and Ottawa over the years. I have covered the folding of the Alouettes in Montreal and the Rough Riders in Ottawa. The CFL has survived failed American expansion and the Gliebermans and Donald Crump as commissioner and David Braley owning too many teams and Johnny Manziel trying to play quarterback. Part of its attraction and historical strength has been its own ability to come back from life support.
All those chaotic experiences couldn’t bring the league down the way a pandemic has now. For this season, anyhow.
But as someone who has been around the league as both fan and journalist for 55 years, and has been fortunate to travel to every CFL city, year after year, visiting new stadium after new stadium, the league is alive and rarely well, but we can’t honestly say the CFL doesn’t matter anymore.
My eyes and experiences and conversations tell a story of a game and a league and a history we need to preserve and prosper with.
We can’t lose the CFL. It belongs to us. It belongs to Canada.