Year of wonder in dysfunctional CFL

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The 2005 CFL season should have started with such promise. After all, both the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats had already been saved by new owners.

In fact, the 'Cats had turned their 2004 season around after recording but one win in 2003, earning rookie Greg Marshall coach-of-the-year honours. And the Argos won the Grey Cup. The B.C. Lions had gotten to the Cup final while new hope abounded in Calgary, with new owners and a new coaching staff; in Edmonton which had a new head coach of its own; and in Saskatchewan. There was even talk about expansion to somewhere in the Atlantic Provinces, most likely Halifax.

Instead, there were worries over Ottawa even before the Gliebermans returned and the Renegades remain an ongoing concern. CFL commissioner Tom (Do-) Wright demanded a new multi-year contract and the CFL board of governors declined to give him one, opting for an insulting one-year pact. Then there was the whole mess in Regina over Trevis Smith, who was charged with sexual assault and diagnosed with HIV. And don't forget that Edmonton-Hamilton fiasco involving Jason Maas that made the CFL look like a bush league.

The CFL still does not have a workable salary cap and Wright is working as a lame-duck commissioner. Two head coaches were fired after the season -- Winnipeg's Jim Daley and Ottawa's Joe Paopao -- while Saskatchewan's Danny Barrett somehow escaped a similar fate. Paopao was replaced by John Jenkins, who failed to last a full season as Calgary's offensive co-ordinator the year before while Montreal offensive co-ordinator Doug Berry replaced Daley.


Both Edmonton and Calgary enjoyed successful seasons, with the Eskimos beating Montreal in OT in the Grey Cup. The 2005 season was a disaster for Hamilton, Ottawa and Winnipeg and a frustration for the Roughriders. Both the Lions and Argos failed to return to the CFL championship in Vancouver.

The Leos were plagued with a QB controversy between Dave Dickenson and Casey (the Pouter) Printers all season while the Ticats failed to find one to replace the aging Danny McManus. Meanwhile, Toronto's aged QB Damon Allen had such a great season that he finally won his first most outstanding player award -- ever!

Both Calgary QB Henry Burris and Montreal QB Anthony Calvillo also enjoyed great years. Edmonton's Ricky Ray was solid until the playoffs when Maas got the Eskies into the Grey Cup.

Ottawa defensive back Korey Banks, Montreal tailback Robert Edwards, Winnipeg defensive end Gavin Walls, Calgary tailback Joffrey Reynolds and Edmonton kick returner Tony Tompkins were among those who established themselves as players to watch in the future.

And the governors continue to be among those who should be kicked for their mistakes.

What an idiot. He gives more weight to the negatives than the positives, with no real reason to, other than for the sport of CFL-bashing. Why does the headline have to say DYSFUNCTIONAL CFL? Why do the negatives outweigh the positives? Why does he insist on calling it bush league? Name me one league were a trade fiasco has never happened!

Yes, the Governors should be kicked, but what mistakes have they made? And what BoG DOESN’T make mistakes?

How many players in the NFL have been charged with sexual assault? It’s actually a (relatively) GOOD thing that only ONE CFL player was charged as such this year (considering how pro athletes generally are).

This was one of the best seasons in memory, and yet this idiot insists on making it out to be a disaster when it wasn’t. It’s jerks like this that are instrumental in preventing the CFL from absolutely booming (well, it is booming anyway; I should say, booming MORE).

Remember, most media people are idiots with an IQ about that of a carp, if they're lucky. And we see it in stories like this everyday, just pure morons.

I agree that the media vs the CFL has never been great. This has been a problem for a long time. Pales in comparison to the No Fun League. It seems no matter what city the media dwells on the negative aspects of the CFL. As fans it would be nice to rate the media. This story should have been about the up serge of the league in attendance and viewers watching the TV telecasts. They should be stating how exciting the league was this year.Even Hamilton even though missing the playoffs were in most games and were great to watch. Thats hope next season all teams will be in the mix.

Agree with you CanucKev, this guy must be your typical anti CFL media whore. Let's talk everything negative, no mention about the record fans attending, the record TV numbers, the best game(any sport) possibly of all time, the Grey Cup etc... Nope, we will make up sone nonsense. Drives you crazy and to think this clown is not even from the Center of the Universe where we have more idiots per capital.

HAH!!!!!! Anyone knows....the nfl IS the dysfunctional league on this continent!! :wink:

Nah, that would be the NHL, although the NBA is not too far behind.