Rudge, who knows where most of the money lives in this city, has been unable to hook up Braley with a buyer.
go into anything with a great deal of optimism. This has proven to be a bigger mountain to climb than I originally anticipated, says Rudge, who, when he took the job, foresaw crowds of 30,000 40,000 fans at the Rogers Centre.
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A crowd (and we use the term loosely) of 17,000 and change, bothered to care.
He was approached by prospective buyers when he first took the job, but says Rudge, lot were tire kickers has seen this team through three summers, and a Grey Cup. Yet, he has found nobody to love them as their own. Nobody to buy them a home. Nobody to build them a place to play. Nobody. Not even Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment, whose ardour was roused, then cooled.
In Ottawa, a new franchise, has taken root even if they can figure out what to call themselves. Red? Black? Who cares. Just colour them happy and relevant to the community.
Even with the Argonauts, on the field, there is light over the horizon. Despite a 1 2 record, and some uneven performances, the home opener win over Saskatchewan is described by club CEO and president, Chris Rudge, as perhaps the best game he seen the team play since owner David Braley passed him the franchise failing torch in January of 2012.
entertainment dollar is spread thin.
Argos in boatload of trouble
we would get more people to come and watch, says Rudge.
This is a team living amongst the highest corporate base in the country, yet they remain an unwanted commodity.
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But no sugar daddy to fill his place has emerged.
had the Grey Cup, one of the most successful ever. Last year we were within (a second half collapse) of another Grey Cup and this year it looks like we have a good team. We had a good product. product officially drew 16,000 last weekend for a date with Calgary but the Argos would be lucky if there was 8,000 actually in the stands.The largest increase in the TV audience has been in southern Ontario, so we been successful in spreading the Argonaut brand. It just hasn translated into crowds at the stadium. I don have the answer, says Rudge, I not giving up . finds himself in a city with a hundred different diversions from parades to community block parties, Beyonce concerts and theatre. The Sneaker Nike
As long as Ricky Ray stays in the pocket, and out of the Nike Shoes Sports 2018 hands of doctors and marauding linebackers, this is a lineup with a chance to rule a mediocre Eastern side of the CFL.
Management has signed stars such as Chad Owens and Andre Durie long term, they have a respected coaching staff in place, including a young head coach who has already taken them on a Grey Cup joyride.
A darker side of reality reveals that the Argonauts biggest problems are off the field; have been for years, and they appear no closer to being solved now then when Sherwood Schwarz was calling the audibles almost two decades ago.
deadbeat father, would enjoy nothing more than to be rid of a bothersome off spring.
The Argonauts are orphans of the sports world abandoned by a preoccupied owner who heart lies elsewhere.
There is a small, fiercely loyal, fan base. Yet, mostly the Argonauts remain ignored. The 2014 home opener came on a beautiful summer afternoon; the roof of Rogers Centre removed for a blue ceiling brushed by puffy white clouds.
No. 1 draft pick Anthony Coombs is drawing raves.
The teams who had won the past two Grey Cups were going head to head. Saskatchewan, the best visiting team draw in the league, were in town.
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