Jeff Blair teed off in his debut as a general sports columnist in Monday's editions of The Globe & Mail:
"There is no virtue in holding the Vanier Cup as a stand-alone event, as was shown by Saturday's crowd of 13,873 of Ivor Wynne Stadium. Last year's Vanier Cup surely felt as if it were at home on the Friday before the Grey Cup at the Rogers Centre."Waterloo, Ont., columnist Al Coates ties the lack of a host to the Laval problem, quote-unquote:
"...the imbalance and disparity remain no matter the circumstance. The fans, as always, will vote with their feet and their wallets -- the announced Ivor Wynne crowd of 13,873 was one of the smallest Vanier Cup crowds in the past two decades, which perhaps tells you all you need to know."Sun Media's Morris Dalla Costa
brings forth some ideas for how to get more fans out to the game.
"The exact number of tickets sold for the game at Ivor Wynne Stadium for the national university championship was 13,873. That's about 4,700 more than attend a regular-season, run-of-the-mill, Friday night, little-at-stake London Knights game at the John Labatt Centre.The status quo is not enough. Quebec City might be the place to go for one year, but after that, maybe it's time to stop dancing around the Obvious Pole and partner up with the Grey Cup. The audience is only so large for Canadian football. They might as well be together.
"You could call it embarrassing, but what's the point?"
Vanier Cup deserving of better (Morris Dalla Costa, Sun Media)
Canadian university football has a real hot potato on its hands (Al Coates, Kitchener-Waterloo Record)