New info on the issue at hand from Drew:
The accidental #Ticats quarterback controversy #CFL
Ticats general manager Bob O'Billovich has been around the CFL long time and has said that this Hamilton gig is his last rodeo. To say that he is old school doesn't quite do it justice: Obie built the school, then taught there for a long time.
Which is why when you stick your tape recorder in Obie's mug and ask him a question, more often than not, he answers it. He doesn't play politics or worry about his future or think about the "right" thing to say. He just answers the damn question.
As a journalist, this is a good thing. Straight answers are often hard to come by in this business and those that give them are often portrayed as trouble makers or malcontents. Canned quotes - given at 110 per cent - are much more palatable.
But sometimes Obie's honesty upsets the apple cart, though that's not usually his intent. In addition to not caring about his future and his penchant toward honesty, Bob is surprisingly naive about what we in the media are inclined to do with his words. He just doesn't spend a whole lot of time thinking about it, I don't think.
So when he told Steve Milton yesterday that "he might like to see Quinton Porter get just a little more action" (those are Steve's words not Obie's) he likely did not intend to start yet another round of Kevin vs. Quinton. Nor was he trying to undermine his coach. He was just being honest. And Steve, reading the situation like the pro he is, tried his best to put into the proper context. It was part, but not the focus, of his column.
It didn't work.
Today, the QB controversy story was back in vogue, with TSN and others digging right in. The Ticats decided not to make O'Billovich available today.
I'll have a little notebook item which I'll post here shortly but I'm not going chapter and verse on this issue again. I understand why it's a story but I'm increasingly resolved to only write another QB controversy story when there actually is one or when circumstances dictate I have to.
O'Billovich's comments weren't intended as a shot at KG or a hint to his coach: you're just going to have to trust me on that. It was just Obie being Obie, for better and for worse.
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