Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Are you Ready for some REDBLACKS Football
Are you Ready for some REDBLACKS Football?
There will be excitement in
this coming Friday night. For the first time in several years, there will be
professional football in our capitol city. The Ottawa Ottawa
REDBLACKS will take the field at 7:00pm, Eastern Standard Time, to play the Argonauts. It is
actually the team’s fifth game of the season, the third in the regular season. Toronto
There is a long and storied history of football in
The first professional team suited up in 1876. Until the collapse in 1996, the
franchise won an impressive nine Grey Cups. Many great football players passed
through the doors of Ottawa . The team will play
in the same location, but you would not recognize the area if you haven’t cast
a glance there in the last ten years. Landsdowne
The owner of the
67’s, Jeff Hunt,
has really been the mastermind of the rebirth of the REDBLACKS. He has combined
all sorts of his personal interests into one jumbo package, similar to the
Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment world. He is a local boy, and he knows the
markets, for all of his ventures. Hopefully, the Ottawa folk will avoid the horrible mistakes
suffered under the leadership of the Gliebermans and a man named Chen. Ottawa
The REDBLACKS will play a 18 game schedule, finishing against
on November 7th. That is a
rivalry that goes back many decades. The other main rival of the REDBLACKS is
Alouettes. Follow the route of the Voyageurs down the Montreal Ottawa
River, and you will end up near McGill Stadium, where the Alouettes
will test your mettle.
Many former Rough Rider players came from
and stayed there following their football careers. Such is not the case today.
There are rules limiting the number of American imports one can dress for each
game. Once the season ends, they head south to the warmer climes. They are not
Moe Racine played more games (201) for the Rough Riders than anyone else. Second on the list is Gerry Organ, followed by Bob Simpson, Ron Stewart, and Russ Jackson. For those of us who grew up on CFL football in
, that should stir some
memories. Organ scored more points than any other Rider (1462). In 1959, Dave
Thelan scored 24 points in one game, as did Ron Stewart against the Alouettes. Canada
Names appearing on the list of most touchdowns for the team include Tony Gabriel, Jackson, Stewart, Simpson, and Whit Tucker.
passed the ball for more than 24 000 yards during his career. Damon Allen
recorded 4 275 yards, but added a considerable number to the total when he was
with the Jackson .
On the other side of the ball, Rider fans will not forget Joe Poirier and Jerry “Soupy” Campbell. They led the team in career interceptions. Many other great characters also wore the Rider uniform, including Tom “The Emperor” Jones.
Ah, the “Glory Days”. The REDBLACKS have dropped their first two games, sputtering in the second half. They are tied with
for third place, also called the basement. There will be growing pains, but a
playoff spot is not out of reach. Hamilton
TSN brings it to you Friday night. The game is sold out; howver, there are plenty of tickets for upcoming games. Be there.
July 15, 2014