The B.C. Lions' decision to ship backup quarterback Mike Reilly to the Edmonton Eskimos in exchange for a 2014 second-round pick (and a trade of second-round picks in 2013) bears plenty of similarities to the old "Life Of Riley" sitcom, but the more appropriate catchphrase may be "what a revolting development this isn't!" For both Reilly and the Eskimos, this looks like a terrific move. Although he hasn't played a lot of CFL games thanks to being behind Travis Lulay on the depth chart, Reilly stepped in and shone while Lulay was hurt last fall, and he sure looks like the favourite to win the Edmonton starting job this season (the Eskimos' other options currently on the roster are Kerry Joseph, Matt Nichols and Jeremiah Masoli, none of whom have exactly shone lately). Similarly, after a failed first TV incarnation with Jackie Gleason as blundering aircraft riveter Chester A. Riley, the show took off when they did a new version with William Bendix as the lead; it was a combination of the right person and the right situation. The Reilly trade may yet play out similarly, as it should align well for him and both teams involved.Read More »from The Life Of Reilly: Lions’ backup traded to Esks, where he should have a chance to start
Andrew Bucholtz is a Canadian football blogger for Yahoo! Sports.