By the time you read this, most of this post could have been rendered irrelevant (putting it on par with most of what I write). Today the CFL Board of Governors is voting on officially ending a drought of CFL football that has stretched 19 months and counting. If they vote yes then a 14 game season will kick off in August. If they vote no, well it could be anything from a momentary setback to the end of the CFL as we know it.
In a rare display of sound strategy the CFLPA got out in front of this. Normally the owners… well “own” the CFLPA. They are adept at exploiting their many inherent weakness. But this time the CFLPA signed off on the return to play plan in advance of the vote. So if the season doesn’t go ahead the entire country will know that it was purely because of the owners…no scapegoating the players.
Now let me point out the obvious here. They are going to vote yes. It makes no sense to call for a vote and allow it to be public knowledge if you are just going to vote no. The CFL may not always make the best business decisions but even they aren’t that stupid. The whole process has been a PR strategy to build interest in the league’s return. Are their some owners who might not want to play? Perhaps, but even they will be voting yes. You don’t call for a vote unless you are confident you will win.
(Dear god I hope they don’t stupidly vote no and make me look like an idiot for typing this all!)
So buckle up CFL fans. This could/should finally be the moment we’ve all been waiting for. My liver and voice are about the only things that won’t be happy in all of this. I am used to a ton of CFL football, so this past year plus where the only real CFL talk was about the XFL has been excruciating.