Of the 12 commissioners I have heard give their annual State of the CFL speeches during Grey Cup Week, Tom Wright was my favourite.
Alas, he was too nice. So the CFL governors fired him before he could give a fifth speech.
Bill Baker was the scariest. The former defensive end, who replaced Doug Mitchell, was recruited as a crisis manager, but he agreed only to stay on the job for one year. That was four months shorter than Michael Lysko, who I barely remember.
Donald Crump — Crump, not Trump — a former accountant for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner, never seemed right for the job. He lasted two years. Same with Jeffrey Orridge.
John Tory, David Braley and Jim Lawson were governors who had to step into the commissioner’s breach when the unruly owners dumped somebody. Mark Cohon, who lasted eight years, and Larry Smith, who lasted five, were the most memorable and most effective.
Rookie commissioner Randy Ambrosie gives his State of the CFL speech today. Here’s to a long, effective term!