Road to the Grey Cup starts Sunday in the Glebe
The Ottawa REDBLACKS’ road to the Grey Cup starts this Sunday in the Glebe when the Saskatchewan Roughriders blow into town for an East Semi-Final showdown that will send the winner to Toronto to face the first-place Argonauts.
After a slow start to the season, the REDBLACKS finally found their rhythm, winning their final three games of the season to post an 8-9-1 record for second place in the East. This provided a longer route to a potential Grey Cup appearance, as they now must move through both Saskatchewan and Toronto for a berth in the final.
The last time the two squads met on Oct. 11, it was an all-out, back and forth tilt that saw the REDBLACKS come back on the final play of the game to win a nail biter 32-31 over the Roughriders. The REDBLACKS were down 32-20 in the fourth quarter before mounting the epic comeback.
If history repeats itself, fans are in for another epic battle Sunday, as the last two playoff games at TD Place have been edge-of-your-seat matches with 2015 seeing the “Miracle on Bank Street” play that saw Henry Burris lob a long bomb to Greg Ellingson for the game-winning touchdown. Last year’s blizzard bowl against Edmonton was a snowy affair that saw the REDBLACKS edge the Eskimos 35-23. The REDBLACKS later went on to defeat Calgary to win their first-ever Grey Cup as a franchise.
Ottawa will have to be on it’s a-game, as the Roughriders have been solid on the road this season, with a 5-4 record when not at their home stadium. They’ve also gone 3-1 on the road against Eastern teams this season.
The two teams are nearly neck and neck in terms of stats, with the Riders and REDBLACKS splitting their season series 1-1 this year. One-point decided both of those games.
It will likely be much of the same Sunday, as the two teams will grind it play for play for a shot at the Argos in the East Final next week. The winner of that will come back to Ottawa for the Grey Cup Championship on Nov. 26 at TD Place.
It all starts Sunday at 1 p.m. Click here to snag your 2017 playoff tickets. Go, REDBLACKS, Go!
Sunday’s CFL playoff game wraps up a stellar sports weekend in the Glebe with the Ottawa 67s hosting the Oshawa Generals Friday and a live PPV wrestling event that will transform the Aberdeen Pavilion into a piledriver palace.
It all starts Friday when the Ottawa 67’s try to make it four wins in a row with a win over the Oshawa Generals. The 67’s are sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference while the Generals are on the outside looking in. A win Friday night could catapult them into first place. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Get your tickets here.
Impact Wrestling World Champion Eli Drake will put his title on the line at the promotion’s Bound for Glory event at the Aberdeen Pavilion Thursday and Friday night in the Glebe. The live television taping event will also feature former champion Alberto el Patron and Johnny Impact in a head-splitting, suplexing, flying elbow kind of night at Lansdowne. Click here to grab tickets.
Sunday will also see the second-last outdoor Ottawa Farmers’ Market before it heads indoors for the winter months. Parsnips and potatoes are still in season, and you can snag some early Christmas gifts from artisans at the market. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Aberdeen Square.
Here’s to another great weekend in the Glebe. See you down here!