Football: Argos keep Brannagan a little longer

You cannot spell Danny Brannagan without B-r-a-d. That is not for nothing.

Brannagan being placed on the Toronto Argonauts practice roster on Tuesday is another small step for Canadian quarterbacks. He's still standing, for however long, and has at least for now disproved those who said he would "get cut real soon" after a shaky opening in the first preseason game.

No one expected it to happen all at once. It is a slow road to glory for a quarterback for Canadian Interuniversity Sport, but the door keeps getting propped open just a bit more each time. Brannagan's modicum of success with the Argonauts, who hopefully give him until the nine-week mark to show he can be on their dress roster, might help the next CIS QB who tries to buck the odds.

Ottawa Gee-Gees quarterback Brad Sinopoli, of course, got to train with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a non-roster player, which should help his familiarity with the pro game. Sinopoli has only started 10 CIS games, but has the athleticism to go with an understanding of three-down football. Some suggest that as a dual-threat QB, he compares favourably with Calgary's two-time Hec Crighton Trophy winner, Erik Glavic.

In other words, Brannagan lasting in Toronto cannot hurt Sinopoli's cause.
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