Happy New Year to all of you… unless of course you’re Chinese and still clinging to the misguided view that the lunar calendar is better than the solar calendar that the rest of the world has adopted… what has the moon ever done for us? There’s no such thing as “lunar power”, a “moontan” or a “moondae”. But I digress.
Hopefully you all had a good Christmas… unless of course you’re Ukrainian and think you are too good to celebrate Christmas with the rest of us and need your own special Christmas 2 weeks later because you follow the Julian calendar. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that a bunch of former Soviets adopted a Roman calendar that happens to allow them to benefit from Boxing Day sales. But I digress.
As we start a new year, let me get you caught up on what’s been going on in CFL...
The big news in Riderville is of course that the Eric Tillman trial starts today. In a true testament to the efficiency of our justice system, the charges were laid 11 months ago, for an incident that allegedly occurred 17 months ago. In the intervening time, 4 separate court appearances have occurred, totalling no more than 15 minutes and all we have to show for it is a plea of not guilty. At their current pace, by the time they get around to handing down a verdict I assume Tillman will be controlling team operations from his moon base will commute occasionally back to Regina in a trans-galactic space cruiser that is fuelled by Rider Prophetonium (a new element that I plan to discover sometime before I die).
While it will be nice to finally have so closure on the matter, I’m somewhat leery of what that closure may entail. Guess we will just have to wait and see.
The Blue Bombers have received permission from the Riders to speak with Brendan Taman about their vacant VP of Football Operations… the same post Taman resigned from before the season started. My first thought upon reading this was “Oh yeah, I forgot that Taman worked for the Riders”. I do find it ironic that Mike Kelly was brought in to clean up Taman’s mess and now, the Bombers’ answer to Kelly’s mess is to bring back Taman.
Dmitri Tsoumpas is trying out for the Miami Dolphins and NY Jets among other NFL teams. Kicker Justin Medlock is also working out for a few teams down south. Both would be huge loses for their respective teams. Tsoumpas one of the Stamps top linemen despite his young age and Medlock… well his really the Argos’ only offensive weapon.
CFL Ins and Outs
In: OL Taylor Robertson (re-signed through 2011)
Out: Barrin Simpson (released)
I’m half expecting the league to determine later this week that the Bombers weren’t able to cut Simpson and force them to re-instate him.