Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Sports Radio in London Ontario.

I've had my opinions on this topic for while. Unless you are logged into a computer or have unlimited data on your cell phone plan, major sports coverage in the London area doesn't meet the hardcore sports fans standard.

I'll cite a few examples:

1290 CJBK in London has Toronto Maple Leafs coverage. You cannot hear the game clearly 20 minutes away on the outskirts of St.Thomas in your car.

None of the London stations have Toronto Raptors coverage. They are the NBA Champions.

The Detroit coverage is hit and miss as well. We are in the dead centre of Toronto and Detroit.

We lose the FAN 590 signal in Woodstock. I have no clue how far TSN 1050 goes. I know Hamilton has TSN 1150 so I imagine their signals do not go far.

AM 980 here in London has the rights for the London Knights OHL club. The only time I hear about local sports is between  1 pm and 3 pm and during the intermissions of Knights games. When do you hear about them if you listen to AM 980?

On the television side:

CTV London only shows certain sports highlights and the good folks at Rogers TV they do their best but they don't always have the money to cover everything they want to do.

Something has to change. So I have a few suggestions.Some maybe out there and some may be logical.

Rogers and Bell both have Radio stations here in London. Bell has a station called Funny 1410. They run syndicated comedy shows. Bell could rename it TSN 1410 to cover South Western Ontario sports. Why not? Hamilton has TSN 1150. They have a CFL team and an OHL team plus McMaster Sports.

London has the Knights. The Majors of the InterCounty League. The Lightning of the National Basketball League . Soccer is huge in London. Plus the Western Mustangs.

You sprinkle in some Toronto Sports and the regular syndicated stuff you get on TSN 1050 in Toronto and you should be able to have a full functioning sports station.

The signal would have to strengthen for sure.

TSN has stations in three Ontario markets. So why wouldn't Rogers get in on an untapped sports radio market in London?

Rogers could air 590 programs here. There could be a local morning show and maybe a local afternoon show? The rest you could fill in with Toronto programming. You can work with other stations to air  the local sports if you want to air the major stuff here.

The two news stations in town can continue to air news and some local sports. A lot of people have to remember it's not just London that benefits.

It's the surrounding area.

Maybe the College station or CBC Radio can jump in on this?


Maybe I can do something?

Yeah.. Me. Let me continue to work on that idea. Until then...

Friday, 22 November 2019

The Cardy Show: 11-22-19

Today I had the opportunity to drop some #AudioGold with Milon Talsania. Milon of course from FastTime Watch and Jewelry Repair.

Milon and I discussed at length:

- Mike Babcock getting fired

- What will happen if the Toronto Maple Leafs don't make the playoffs?

- What's going on with the Toronto Blue Jays?

- Is it really that bad in Major League Baseball?

- Has Wrestling passed us by?

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

The Analytic People get their guy....

The following blog entry may be graphic. Inappropriate and offensive.

Mike Babcock got fired today.

All of the Hockey nerds  blew massive amounts of semen on their laptops and Mac Books as they received word of Babcock's dismissal.

Loads have been blown ladies and gentlemen.

Their boy Sheldon Keefe has taken over as Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

A lot of people have compared today's date to what happened 12 months ago. The St.Louis Blues fired Mike Yeo in favour of Craig Berube.

Unfortunately you have to look beyond the numbers.

You have to watch a St.Louis Blues game to understand they play as a team. They have a solid goal tending situation. They play on both sides of the puck.

As great as Freddy Andersen is, he isn't a cyborg. This team needs a backup goaltender to share the weight.

Speed and skill are great. You have no one to push the other team back.

Maybe Dubas and now Keefe have a plan? Maybe they can execute it...

I mean we did the same thing with Brian Burke. We thought he was the next saviour. Look how that went?

We looked at Babcock's work in Anaheim and Detroit and thought this team was going to be just fine.

Dubas and Shanahan put their chips on the table today. Not sure why they didn't do it in this past off season.

Rogers is pissing out money by the second.... This has to work out.

Mr.Dubas.... You are on the clock.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Baseball People, Toronto Sports, Spectaculars and Conferences..

It's time to review the week

7 days ago David Glassford and I had the opportunity to attend the 4th Annual Canadian Centre for Baseball Research, History Conference. This years edition was held at the beautiful Museum London at King and Ridout in downtown London.

When I attended my 1st conference I thought I knew baseball. These people that attended and presented just blew me away. It was unreal.This years event was no exception. A huge thank you to Andrew North and his wife Eliana for throwing this together.They outdid themselves.

(Please click the highlighted links to support some great people!)

It was great to see and finally met Doug Fox from Future Blue Jays. Doug made the trek to London along with many others (Some from Cleveland and Florida!) Doug as mentioned on my Podcast is working on a project about Pentanguishine native Phil Marchildon. He continues to produce great content at FutureBlueJays.com . With the announcement of the reduction of some Minor League cities and teams his work just became a lot more interesting.

Great to also see Kevin Glew. Kevin continues to kick ass and take names with his regular Sunday post at his website CooperstownersinCanada.com If you aren't subscribing then I ask you this question. Why the hell not?

Great to see Scott Crawford who took us on a tour of the renovated Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St.Marys. As well Dave and I had a nice chat with Dr.Stephanie Radu from the Beachville District Museum. Also great to meet Chip Martin as well.

Andrew North does a great job of summarizing the events. Please click this link and I hope you can attend next year. Trust me!

Good to see Brent Lale from CTV. This reminds me:

St.Thomas Sports Spectacular 2020

Unfortunately, I may not be able to attend one of my favourite events in January. However, I hope you folks can. $75.00 gets you the following:

- Meet and Greet/Photos/Autographs with Head Table Celebrity's
- Silent Auction
- Free Parking

Huge list of awesome people attending.

All goes to a great cause. Special Olympics and Community Living Elgin.

Go to. https://www.stthomassportsspectacular.com/ for more!


I said my piece about this whole fiasco in my previous post. I didn't want to promote that because people are so vicious. It's unfair. We have one side to the left that is extreme and one side to the right that is extreme.

Be nice to Ron MacLean. This isn't on him. People keep talking about his thumbs up. The eyes told a different story.

Sportsnet continues to screw this NHL deal up. It's the way they handle things. Shame on them for making the news on Remembrance Day.

Maple Leafs

Until they want to start playing hockey on both sides of the puck. I am not talking about them. Shanahan needs to fix this. This is on him.


They grinded a 5 game west coast road trip. Went 3 and 2. Without Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry. They could have been 4-1. I like the heart and the fight of this team. They can win 50 I think. Pascal ran out of gas last night. It happens

Blue Jays

Tough loss this week for the Jays. Ben Cherington is now the General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cherington looked after the Minor League system for the club. A solid MLB Executive. Pittsburgh is in good hands.

No announcement on the announce teams for the Television side. Have Buck and Pat been extended?

Don't expect a ton of Free Agent or Trade talk until mid January. I have no expectations anyways.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Don Cherry receives the Wrath of Grapes.

A long time ago, 22 years and 2 days ago.

Vince McMahon sits down with Jim Ross on Monday Night Raw. The night before at Survivor Series at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Vince McMahon worked a plan out to take the WWF Championship off of an outgoing Bret "The Hitman" Hart.

Bret signed a contract to go to rival WCW and had creative control in his contract at the time with WWF. He didn't want to drop the championship to Shawn Michaels in Montreal. He wanted to relinquish it in Ottawa the next night. Bret wanted to go out on his terms and his sword. So McMahon and team executed the plan.

Jim Ross asked McMahon "Did you screw Bret Hart?" To which Vince replied "Bret screwed Bret!"

Now I don't expect Sportsnet President Bart Yabsley to speak anymore on what has taken place with Don Cherry. He certainly won't go on one of the greatest heel runs in history because he isn't a wrestler and wants people to like him.

I wonder, has Don screwed Don?

Folks, I am going to be all over the place here. Bare with me.

The stuff Don has said over the years is cringe worthy. Grapes was always getting himself into trouble years before he joined Hockey Night in Canada.

Bottom line, he is his own worst enemy.

I just want to before I keep going just state some absolutes.

- Absolutely,  we should be encouraging people to donate to Veterans and Legions and wear Poppies.

- Absolutely, we should continue to educate people on the Poppy program and why we do it in Canada.

- Absolutely,we should not demean anyone for not wearing a poppy. It is their choice and you don't if they bought one or two or three and they fell off.

- Absolutely what Don Cherry said this past Saturday night was wrong.

- Absolutely people need to realize and understand there a bigger issues then poppies when it comes to Veterans Affairs. I am going to dig in on that more on a later time and date. However I will leave you with this.

- Absolutely, Veterans are for the most part grossly underpaid. When they come back our government doesn't do a good job looking after them in my opinion.

Cherry through interviews last night and today admits he should have said "everybody" instead of "You people who come here."

Joe Warmington is a an issue here. He seems to have Cherry's ear. He was the guy who riled Cherry up then he blames Ron MacLean for apologizing on Home Town Hockey.

MacLean didn't bury Cherry. I didn't see him saying this is all on Don. He used we.

Ron is a good dude. He isn't perfect who is. Leave him alone.

Sportsnet made the right call. I'm disappointed that the used Remembrance Day to do it. Shame on them.

Shame on Don for saying what he said. Shame on Joe Warmington for being on every Television and Radio program across Canada on November 11th.

Bottom line.

Don Cherry received his Wrath. He did this to himself folks!

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The case for the N.H.L. in London Ontario.

Let me start with those people who say "this will never work"

Let's have a chat about population.

Remember a few posts ago. When I brought up all of time spent on the idea of Hamilton being an NHL city?

Let's start with population:

Hamilton Ontario- Population in 2019- 545,555

When you add in the surrounding areas you put the population of interest well north of a few million.

Surrounding areas including Brantford, Burlington,Oakville,St.Catherines,Stoney Creek etc.

Remember all of the effort Jim Balsille put into it? A.K.A The BlackBerry dude.

Gary Bettman did not want a team in Hamilton and to this day as far as we know still does not want one there. The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs could have veto'd a team in Hamilton due to the fact that the new Hamilton NHL arena was due to be within 50 miles of their venues.

Hamilton has given up on that dream. It's over. They are capping their new arena at 10,000 if or when it is built. The OHL Bulldogs seem to be doing okay.

A second Toronto team? Still a distinct possibility but Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment could definitely veto that.

Let's talk about London.

London in some reports is below 400,000 people or slightly above. So for this experiment let's meet at 400,000 on the nose. We also have a ton of students here from September to April which covers the majority if not all of an NHL season. 50,000 students between the two Post Secondary facilities have been enrolled in the 2018-2019 semester.

Surrounding areas around London include:

Distance to London
22.7 km
35 km
108 km
115.8 km
52.8 km
80 km
91.7 km
107 km
Population totals

So maybe I am grasping but the population would take it to just above the 1 Million mark in terms of population in the above areas plus London's and the student population.

As previously discussed, the NHL Member Teams have a veto rule. They have a 50 mile Home Territory Rule. Scotia Bank Arena to The First Ontario Centre (Formerly Copps Coliseum) is 40.8 Miles if you put that into Google Maps. Vetoed!

Now let's put Budweiser Gardens and Scotia Bank Arena in Google Maps and see what comes up!
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123 Miles! So the Toronto Maple Leafs can't veto this.

Since we are in the centre of everything, could the Detroit Red Wings?

Google Maps says no! 125 Miles from Budweiser Gardens to Little Caesar's Arena.

The Red Wings cannot veto this.

So the first hurdle has been cleared.

Now onto the next hurdle.

Ownership and Team Support:

As I mentioned in one of my previous articles Dale and Mark Hunter have done an amazing job with the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League. As Mike Stubbs (Play by Play voice for Global News Radio 980 CFPL) has mentioned on the Podcast they took a team that was worse then expansion and have made it a CHL powerhouse.

OHL and NHL teams in the same city can definitely work. The London fans are loyal to the Knights. The price is absolutely right to go to a Knights game. Budweiser Gardens is an awesome spot to watch a game.

You look at other CHL and NHL relationships that have somewhat worked:

The Ottawa 67's and Senators- Maybe if they had an NHL arena in Ottawa it would be better. If the Seantors were ever to fold I think the 67's would keep going due to the extensive history of the club.

Ottawa has been a disaster as a Sports city. Numerous CFL teams have come and gone. The Red Blacks seem to be doing good now. The Ottawa Lynx (Triple A baseball affiliate of the Montreal Expos) folded after many years. The Ottawa Rebel a professional Lacrosse franchise folded after two years. I now worry about the Senators after 26/27 years. Eugene Melnyk is becoming a villanous charachter in the media. The Canadian Tire Centre is out of the city and from my understanding is hard to get to. The City and Melnyk are having issues working out a new arena deal.

Besides going through a few Baseball teams London has done alright as a Sports city. I am not 100% sure who would invest the capital for an NHL team here. It could be a Toronto based Investor. Look how the housing market is going here. People drive to Toronto for work that live in London. I wish I could have what they are on but that's a story for another day.

Whoever the ownership team is consisted of, they would need to have the Hunter's involved. By having them involved that would give the bid for a team and the organization huge credibility. Especially if it ever got to an ownership vote for either expansion or relocation approval to London. Dale and Mark know people in the game and they have the track record to back it up. Look what the Knights have become.

Some other examples of NHL and CHL clubs working in the same City:

Calgary Hitmen and Calgary Flames- They both play in the same building. The one no one wants to keep. The Flames still have decent attendance and the two clubs seem to work well with each other. A good number of Hitmen Alumni have become NHL players.

Edmonton Oil Kings and Edmonton Oilers- I was su-prised to learn that the Katz group owns both clubs. They both play in the same brand new arena. Attendance for the club seems to be okay ranging between 7,500 and 9,000.

Vancouver Canucks and Vancouver Giants-  Both teams do not share the same venue. The Giants play in the Langley Events Centre. Attendance is up in 2019 as per the Daily Hive for the Giants. Canucks games are always packed.

So three out of the four relationships the CHL team came after the NHL team. The one NHL team that came after are the Ottawa Senators.

Where to play?

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I would love to see a full time NHL team in Budweiser Gardens. Unfortunately it would need a 5-10,000 seat upgrade and I just don't see it. Maybe I am wrong? That would be awesome. Like I said it's a great place to watch a game. 15,000 to me is a perfect number. It would sell out every night. It would also put you in a good spot in the league for overall attendance. I know the City of London would love to keep the arena downtown.

If renovating Bud Gardens is not a possibility then maybe you look at putting the arena along the 401 corridor. This would also help you attract people in those surrounding areas. You wouldn't have to deal with the issues of downtown parking but you would have obviously have a different set of issues for those fans coming from north of the city.

You can build around this area. Ideally if you had the cash you could by the driving range if you needed more land. The new trend is to build up the area around the area. This area has a Costco and a few of our favourite chain establishments but they would need a bar or two and a fancier dine in option. Plus room for parking and the BRT if it were ever to be completed would need to go out here. I also believe there should be buses that run between London and other areas. That is a conversation for another day.

TV and Radio rights:

David Langford. Long time editor of the Globe and Mail and the London Free Press shared my sentiments on my podcast when we chatted around last year. The Toronto Sports Radio coverage dies after Woodstock. You have to flick around the get a good signal. I did call out the AM London stations recently with their lack of coverage when it comes to the World Series and the Toronto Raptors games.

So. Who would broadcast the games for a London NHL team?

Let's start on the radio. I think Corus should get in on some NHL action. AM 980 here in London does a fantastic job covering the London Knights. They should be rewarded for it. Mike Stubbs is a fantastic Play by Play man. He paints great pictures on the ice all the while filming the action  on his cell phone  for his social media followers.

No idea who would be the Colour Commentator. Jim Van Horne would do a great job. Brandon Prust? Who knows.

Television. Well we all know NHL rights are a boatload of money. TSN could bid on the regional rights and send their guys Gord Miller/Chris Cuthbert and Ray Ferraro. Sportsnet at this point I don't think would submit a bid with the state of their NHL broadcast operations. As many of you know, there have been plenty of personalities cut from Rogers NHL programming.

Plenty of great local talent in the area as well if Bell Media needed them.

In Closing:

I know this exercise was a bit of a grasp and a stretch. It maybe wishful thinking for some. It maybe an interesting possibility for others based on how the NHL has set up a member veto rule with their teams. I don't ever think will see two teams in Toronto. The astronomical price tag would be too much. I would be shocked. People with boatloads of money usually like to keep their boatloads of money in my experience. Google the Boston Red Sox if you don't believe me.

Could London grow in population to sustain a team by itself? It may take some time but that wouldn't surprise me. It would also take a ton of time to get an NHL bid together. So that would work out to London's advantage.

The economic impact would also help immensely in Southwestern Ontario. It would create jobs and you can never have enough of those. It would bring boatloads of people to the area.

I really don't see the negative impact. It would take years but it would be worth it in my opinion. London would definitely take care of an NHL franchise.

Someone just now needs to tell Uncle Gary to make a stop here if he is driving between Toronto and Detroit.

Put your big city pants on London! Let's get that NHL franchise we deserve.

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Monday, 4 November 2019

Get off of your moral political high horse.

Quick to the point review:

I recorded 45 minutes (on Friday)of greatness with Milon Talsania. Milon runs an awesome business called Fast Time Watch and Jewelry Repair. 12 locations across Ontario.  4 in the Southwestern Ontario region .FastTimeWatchRepair.com for more.

Unfortunately Podomatic cannot find the audio in their database or my library so I can't deliver that to you.

Lesson learned. Thanks Podomatic. Do not worry Milon and The Cardy Show aren't done. He will be back.

Thanks to the @LdnontRetweets account on Twitter. Due to your help this blog has beat my expectations. Thanks to Coach Ryan Shaw for his continued support as well.

City News put something out this week about another NHL team in Toronto. I wonder where they got that idea from.

My next post is going to be unreal. I'm working on it and I'm curious to see what you think. Read it before you shit on it lol

Toronto Blue Jays went out and got Chase Anderson today. Good move. Anderson career wise is 53-40 with a 3.94 ERA

Marcus Stroman. Your favourite Blue Jay. 51-47 with a 3.76 ERA

Time will tell how Anderson's stuff plays out in the AL East.

One of my all time favourite guys, Devon Travis has been optioned. I wish Devon nothing but the best and thank him for the time he spent talking with us. A great dude.

Raptors are okay. The moment they figure out how to keep Siakim in the game watch out!

Leafs beat the Flyers.. In an 11 round shootout.. Oh boy!

The Canadian Centre for Baseball Research has a history conference here in London. You should go. Click the link for more.

So now to my point.

I don't care where or what your political affiliation is. I am in the middle. I don't like Andrew Scheer or Trump or Vic Fedeli. For those of you who don't know Fedeli, he is the head of the Ontario PC Party. He is in Doug Ford's ear. You have seen me on Twitter refer to Vic as a Communist. That is his job to prove me wrong.

So... I see people who I follow and respect on Twitter look down their nose at people Kurt Suzuki and John Tory.

So my question is this.... I get you don't like extremely right side conservatism.

I can respect that.

However what have the other parties done for you?

You people that demanded we vote Liberal, what has the party done for you?

Have they invited you to their banquets and fundraisers?

Do they e-mail you their platforms? Wish you Happy Birthday?

If you see shitty politics and shitty practices you need to call it both ways. This whole lead poisoning fiasco is just as much on the Liberals as it is on The Conservatives.

These parties don't care about you or me. That is reality ladies and gentlemen.

So stop looking down your nose at people who try and work with these parties. They are doing it for your ungrateful asses.

The other part is these parties all of them, they wants us all to fight with each other. It's what they want. You are better then that.....

Maybe I'm wrong?

That's enough

Until next time


Friday, 1 November 2019

What if the Blue Jays played a year in Montreal....

I did a Podcast episode a few months ago with one of my favourite guys in the world. Doug Fox from Future Blue Jays. The episode was entitled the Baseball in Canada Series: Exhibition Stadium.

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Exhibition Stadium

Doug and I dove into the why's behind why the Toronto blue Jays decided on Exhibition Stadium. You should check it out if you have not already.


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We talked about how they arrived to the Skydome. The state of the art facility in 1989.

Fast forward 30 years later and people have had enough of the Rogers Centre in it's current form.

They want a stadium with Natural Grass... Somehow not having natural grass affects the fans .They want things to do during the game. Apparently we can't sit in our seats and watch the game anymore? They want social areas at the stadium. To that I say go to a bar!

However I am not you. You are different that I am. So here are some thought's and solutions that maybe could be implemented in the next few years while John Tory is Mayor.

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Mayor John Tory

Why does it matter who is the Mayor?

It matters because if they aren't a sports fan or a baseball fan good luck getting anything done. I don;t see either the Province or the Federal Government kicking in cash for a new stadium or a renovation.

Another one of my favourite guests is Ian Hunter. He wrote a post on his website about Ideas for Rogers Centre Renovations. Check that out it's a solid piece.

Now here are my suggestions because I am a logical guy.

1- Take 24 months to do a solid renovation or a rebuild and play a season in Montreal.

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Olympic Stadium

In order to get a tear down and complete rebuild done on the lot Rogers Centre sits on you would need a 6 day a week dedicated group on this for 2 years. A bunch more cash to cover OT costs because that shit adds up. Rogers would need the money to cover it which now we have no idea what they have.

Also you may need city funding to complete the rebuild. Which again would be a timing issue. John Tory said that Rogers Centre is in a solid spot. I don't think he wants to see people taken out of the downtown core in Toronto.

Which is why I think they will stay on Blue Jays Way. Why not face all of the seats towards second base? Create the social areas inside the stadium. Do some funky stuff with the foul lines. Look at either grass or a cool turf which feels a lot better then it does. I've been on that grass it's like plastic stuff. Invest in areas outside the stadium for tailgating and other events.

They can't forget the most of the fan base that goes to these games when they are getting their asses handed to them are blue collar folks.

So when all of this is happening....

1- Take 24 months to do a solid renovation or a rebuild and play a season in Montreal.

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Olympic Stadium
Why not play 81 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal?  While the team is young, why not?

It would be a great test to see how the Montreal faithful react to having a baseball team in town for a full season. It would be like a tryout. This Tampa Bay stuff is a media stunt.I imagine some people in the city are actually invested in the Jays .It would get more people into the city from Southern parts of Ontario. It is also still a reasonable distance from other major Baseball markets. New York,Boston etc. So you would draw those fans in as well.

This would also get more eyes on the city to be recognized as an Major League Baseball market.

I don't see how this hurts Montreal at all. I know the Blue Jays would have to work out some logistics. I think it is doable.

Unless you are going to build a brand new stadium in Toronto, where else can the team play?

BMO Field- Not likely and M.L.S.E I don't think wants to reconfigure the stadium again to accommodate another tenant and sport.

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BMO Field

Put some seats at Christie Pitts? Okay.. Sure? Is that even possible?

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Christie Pitts

The problem is that there isn't a park in Toronto or in Ontario that will be MLB ready anytime soon for a year of Blue Jays baseball to renovate Rogers Centre on a grand scale.

2- Build a new stadium outside of Toronto

Whether it is Downsview or Milton/Mississauga

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Downsview Park

I just don't see this happening.

So much money would have to be invested on a city level an ownership level and more then likely a federal level.

Even if Rogers put the Jays into the MLSE conglomerate, I don't see it.

Do you?

3- Slow and steady renovation

Whether it's doing small project by small project over the off season or closing off certain sections of the stadium during the actual season. I think this is the way it will go.

Piece by piece and year by year.

It's frustrating and unfortunate but it's more then likely the most realistic and viable option.

If you like at the state Rogers is currently in with media contracts etc. You can understand why this is more then likely the way it will go.

Until I become Owner, this is the way it's going to be i'm afraid.

They should consider my Montreal Idea though.

What do you think?

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