The Ottawa REDBLACKS are headed to their second-consecutive Grey Cup

November 22, 2016 | by glebeadmin
The Ottawa REDBLACKS celebrate at TD Place Sunday after defeating the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL's East Final.

The Ottawa REDBLACKS celebrate at TD Place Sunday after defeating the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL’s East Final.

The Ottawa REDBLACKS are headed to the Grey Cup for the second year in a row, where they will take on the surging Calgary Stampeders in what promises to be epic showdown to crown the CFL’s best.

The REDBLACKS are making their second Grey Cup appearance in just their third season as a franchise, a brilliant accomplishment for such a young team in a competitive football league. The REDBLACKS fell 26-20 to the Edmonton Eskimos in Winnipeg last year, but avenged that loss with a 35-23 win over the Eskimos at TD Place last Sunday to win the East Division Championship.

But they will be in tough in Toronto this Sunday, and the entire REDBLACKS squad, including starting pivot Henry Burris, will have to be at their best if the REDBLACKS want any chance at dethroning the West Division champs who went an impressive 15-2-1 this season. The Stampeders dominated the B.C. Lions 42-15 in last weekend’s West Final.

REDBLACKS fans cheer during the CFL East Final last weekend.

REDBLACKS fans cheer during the CFL East Final last weekend.

It was a rocky road to the Grey Cup for the REDBLACKS, who started the season off undefeated at 3-0-1 before faltering to an 8-9-1 record by season’s end. There were quarterback switcheroos, injuries to both pivots Burris and Trevor Harris and a season-ending ACL tear to star receiver Chris Williams in October. But the REDBLACKS didn’t throw in the towel, and despite posting a sub .500 season, they still managed to sweep the East Division en route to their second-consecutive Grey Cup berth.

The Glebe BIA wants to congratulate the team on such a huge accomplishment, and we are cheering the squad on from RNation here in the Glebe. It truly is a magnificent accomplishment for a still new franchise. Congratulations to the entire team, REDBLACKS head coach Rick Campbell and his staff, General Manager Marcel Desjardins, OSEG Sports President Jeff Hunt and his incredible team at Lansdowne, and, of course, all the fans, who contributed to 11 straight sellouts at TD Place.

Best of luck to the REDBLACKS and their quest to bring home the Grey Cup they so badly deserve. Bring the cup home, so we can keep it here for an entire year and polish it off in 2017 when Ottawa hosts the Grey Cup for the first time since 2004.

Go, REDBLACKS, Go!