Tuesday, August 09, 2016
REDBLACKS FOOTBALL 2016
The Canadian Football league recently announced that the 2017 Grey Cup game will be played in
. The game usually takes place in late November. If
you plan to attend, I recommend that you bundle up. But if you want a truly
spectacular professional football experience, I suggest that you head up to Ottawa for a REDBLACKS game in the near future. Ottawa
On Friday, August 19th, the
crew entertain the Ottawa Alouettes. The following week on Thursday, August 25th,
they will play the Montreal Lions. They don’t return to British Columbia TD Place for a month after that game. There are a few tickets
available for those games, but once the teams settle on the field for the
opening kickoff, you will be turned away at the gate.
They are playing their third season this year. The original
team played from 1907 to 1996 as the Rough
Riders-Senators. The team was revived in 2005 as the Renegades, but only lasted
four years. But now the football flame in Ottawa has been rekindled, and it is a football experience
you should not miss. Ottawa
These guys can make some noise!!
After all, it is less than three hours away. The parking and bus shuttles to the game are very efficient. And the pre game activities in and around the field will certainly get you ready for the game: parking lot street food, great restaurants, great music, and all of the characters you would expect to find in a nation’s capital. Might I suggest you take a couple of days to really appreciate the city. With all of its museums, nature drives through the
, and the splendour of Parliament Hill, you will not
be disappointed. Gatineau
August 9, 2016
The REDBLACKS won their first home game last Saturday night defeating the
Eskimos 23-20. With 91 seconds left on the clock,
Chris Milo’s field goal split the uprights to put the REDBLACKS ahead for good.
# 2 Jermaine Robinson, in the sun, before the game.
The Eskimos and the REDBLACKS were never separated by more than a few points the entire game. In the dying minutes, Eskimo quarterback Mike Reilly moved his team methodically toward the REDBLACK’S goal line. He spotted receiver Chris Getzlaf, (yes, the hockey player’s brother) downfield, and fired a strike to him. Slightly out of his line of vision, Jermaine Robinson lurked in the shadows in the
secondary. He dashed in front of Getzlaf and snatched
the ball to intercept the pass. With a brilliant bit of open field running, he
was able to return the ball far enough into Eskimo territory to set up the
winning field goal. Ottawa
REDBLACKS quarterback Henry Burris had a fine game. It was his second game back after sustaining an injury in the first game of the season, way back in late June. There was some controversy as he had been maligned by television commentators for his inconsistent play the week before. Milt Stegall, Matt Dunnigan, and Chris Schultz all played in the CFL for many years. Their work is usually very good; however, with too much time to kill, on occasion, talking heads can develop looser tongues, and can be overly critical.
Burris summed up his position after the game. “All I’m focused on is winning games, helping this team win games. That’s my job. I make sure I get better week in and week out, and I was able to improve throughout this week of practice, and hopefully it showed in the game where I was able to make key throws.”
He finished the game with 26 completions on 39 tosses for 341 yards. There were also a few dropped balls that should have been completions. Pretty good stuff for the future Hall of Famer who had his 41st birthday in May!