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The Globe and Mail‘s Cathal Kelly takes a look at the utter failure of the CFL to get Torontonians interested–or keep them interested, at least–in Canadian football, in the Toronto Argonauts, and in the Grey Cup being held this weekend.
On Sunday, we’ll get to watch how the Canadian Football League celebrates the demise of its franchise in the country’s largest city. It died during summer, but we’ve waited this long for the party. Attendance will be grudging. Then, they’ll play a game no one here cares about.
The only mourners – the rest of the CFL – are still stuck in the first stage of grief, which is denial.
“The goal for me is perpetuating the future of the CFL,” commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said this week, making the league sound rather like a coma patient. “It is really focused on making sure that the next 104 Grey Cups are as successful as the last 104.”
There’s a problem with that sentence. It assumes that this weekend’s 104th Grey Cup is already “successful.” By any reasonable measure, it isn’t. It’s a public-relations disaster. The only way it could get worse is if a piece of space debris crashes into BMO Field during the anthem.
On Wednesday, the Toronto Argonauts announced that there were “less than” 2,000 seats remaining for the game. This was framed as exciting news, rather than what it is – an admission of defeat.
I have to admit that I like the optimism of CBC News’ Benjamin Blum, purely for reasons of municipal patriotism. Is this liking well-founded, sports fans?
Yes, you read the headline correctly.
This goes beyond the city’s reputation for unearned bravado and the usual bandwagon jumping that comes with success. There’s tangible support for this claim now.
Toronto FC’s 5-0 thrashing of New York City FC to reach the East final in the MLS playoffs, coupled with back-to-back ALCS trips for the Blue Jays and the Raptors’ run to the conference final in May have Toronto actually feeling good about its pro sports teams. Hell, even the Maple Leafs are fun to watch!
The last time Toronto’s sports teams collectively were this successful was in the early 1990s when the Jays won back-to-back World Series titles, the Argonauts won a Grey Cup with nickname hall-of-famers Rocket Ismail and Pinball Clemons and the Maple Leafs… well, only Wayne Gretzky and Kerry Fraser know for sure what happened in the 1993 Campbell conference final.
So how did we get here?
The Toronto Star‘s Azzura Lalani reports on a controversy I had not heard of before.
In the heated debate over teams with indigenous names and logos, one Mississauga team is keen on keeping theirs — and it has an indigenous community’s blessing.
The Mississauga Chiefs, who play in the Mississauga Girls Hockey League, have had the name since the team’s inception, but their logo, an arrowhead, was designed more recently after a dialogue with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
“I don’t believe they have to change (their name),” said New Credit Chief Stacey Laforme. “They’re not the only people who have chiefs. We have police chiefs, fire chiefs …
“I don’t find it offensive and they represent themselves in a good way and they have met with us to talk. I think it’s an opportunity to educate them and to educate the fans.”
The Chiefs were among five hockey teams in Mississauga cited in a complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario over team names and logos deemed “racially insensitive.”