There might be blogging manna for someone who just wants to recycle American media references to the CFL.
It is at least reasonable to wonder about the possibility of the CFL making another U.S. incursion, given the Arena League's demise. The notion of a high school running back, Bryce Brown, skipping college to play in Canada, fails the no-way test.
(Update: Tell that to College Football Talk. Don't they realize Tim Tebow would struggle in Canada?)
As in, there's no way it world work, even assuming that the CFL got out of the bed with the NFL long enough to let it happen. Speculating about it comes across as Americans failing to appreciate the calibre of athlete playing for the seven professional teams up here, along with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The difference between CFL lifer and a NFL player pulling down a couple million a season is so narrow that you could barely slide a bank card into the gap. Brown has the requisite highlight package online, but that was high school.
(Granted, Brown seems like quite the scatback and the Argos did just loseDominique Dorsey to the NFL. Squash that thought.)
It's too funny by half. Every spring CFL teams bring up players who have got Heisman Trophy votes, played on teams which went to and won big bowl games, and found them ill-suited for the Canadian game, after four years at some big football factory. The Times is right to point out that there are stud basketball players who are opting to play in Europe instead of play for free at Big State, but basketball is a different game.
This is good a time as any to note that in the States, it is National Letter of Intent day in football. One player from Ottawa has signed with a Conference USA school, but you'll have to read it in the Ottawa Sun.
College Recruiting's Thin Gray Line (Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans, The New York Times)
Bryce Brown to the C.F.L.? (Pete Thamel, The Quad)