Blinded by Faith
The truest, deepest CFL believers drink the kool-aid and never, ever brook dissent.
The league is great, has just the right number of teams, the style of football is perfect, the players are fantabulous athletes, a conceded safety is strategic and fascinating and only the blind North American media stops this from being considered the greatest pro sports league currently in existence.
Which brings us to Sunday's Grey Cup.
Folks, the game stunk. And it was boring. And there were too many delays. And it was too much like last year's Grey Cup and an awful lot of games we've seen over the past two seasons.
But don't tell that to the true believers.
Consider the email of one reader who suggested the fact the Green Riders beat Winnipeg by four has to have meant it was a thrilling championship game.
So 4-0 would be a great tilt as well? 11-7? Before you know it, these people will be doing NHL talk, telling you it's not the number of touchdowns that matter, it's the number of touchdown chances.
Another reader suggested that Monday's night's 3-0 victory by the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Miami Dolphins was proof positive of the superiority of the CFL game over the NFL.
Uh, well, except that the Steelers and Dolphins waged their match on what was essentially a field of molasses in a game that was delayed by lightning and rain and should never have been played.
How they get a field like that in football-made Pennsylvania strains the imagination.
But that game surely had nothing to do with the CFL.
They've got a problem with the CFL, and they can deny it if they want or blame it all on sub-par quarterbacking. But this used to be a league that thrilled with zany passing and high scoring, and now its dominated by defence.
I still love the league. But this isn't the football I loved.