The NCAA—SFU—UBC story, and all the various entanglements therein, is complicated story. It's a nuanced story, a story in which there are many different truths, different issues, and entirely different perspectives to every issue.
So if you're writing a story about, say, the future of the famed UBC-SFU Shrum Bowl, it might be an idea to talk to someone other than the most biased source imaginable.
“It would be a real shame [if the Shrum Bowl dies], but that’s the reality of the situation,” said UBC athletic director Bob Philip when asked if SFU's entry into the NCAA would kill the Shrum Bowl.
Yes. Clearly the Shrum Bowl is doomed, doomed, doomed after SFU joins the NCAA, and Philip knows without a doubt that this is the case. Because the fact that when SFU was in the NAIA for decades, the Shrum Bowl grew into the great tradition it is today is irrelevant.
But that was in the past. Today apparently, it would just be impossible for the game to continue—or at least that's what Philip thinks. Why?
“There could be several problems making that work,” notes Philip. “With SFU gone, Canada West football will become a balanced, six-team conference. That means there will be no bye weeks. It would be difficult seeing Canada West granting us a special week in our schedule to play SFU.”
This sounds plausible on the surface. However, from 1999 to 2001, the Canada West was a six-team conference. And there was a bye week, specifically for UBC to play SFU in the Shrum Bowl. Oops. Too bad that information isn't anywhere to be found in the article. That would disrupt the narrative of the Shrum Bowl being ruined forever, unless...
"The best hope for future Shrum Bowls lies in UBC joining SFU in the NCAA."
(Sound of palm hitting face)
Well sure, technically that's true. But when your only source in an article is the person who has been obsessed with getting UBC in the NCAA for years, that's a pretty easy conclusion to come to, isn't it?
So a wag of the finger to the Vancouver Sun, for taking the one university football game in British Columbia that people care about, and wantonly speculating on its future with a less-than-objective judge of the situation.