The RedBlacks are headed to the Grey Cup!
RedBlacks defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats in dramatic East Final Sunday In the Glebe, advance to Grey Cup
The Ottawa RedBlacks are headed to their first-ever Grey Cup after defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a thrilling 35-28 victory at TD Place on Sunday.
And the Glebe will be the place to be next Sunday, when the RedBlacks take on the Edmonton Eskimos in their first-ever Grey Cup game in franchise history. Pubs and restaurants throughout the area will be hopping and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group is hosting a free watching party at the Arena at TD Place on the giant 32-foot HD TV.
Kickoff is at 6 p.m. on November 29, so come early and stay late.
For anyone watching the RedBlacks dramatic win over the Tiger-Cats Sunday, you know how tense things will likely get next week for the Grey Cup championship. For those in attendance at Sunday’s East Final, You already know the game was packed with as much drama as the record crowd of 25,093 screaming fans could handle.
It all came down to the final few plays, with the RedBlacks staring at a daunting second-and-25 situation with just over a minute to play. After a botched snap almost sailed over quarterback Henry Burris’ head, the 40-year-old pivot tossed up what looked like a Hail Mary towards the end zone.
Time seemed to stop at this moment. Everyone was transfixed on the spiraling football as it sailed 20, 30, 40 yards through the air. Thousands of fans were now on their feet, holding a collective breath together, fingers crossed, their hopes and dreams wavering in the air, their fears spiraling away.
Then the catch. Receiver Greg Ellingson snatches the ball out of the air and time instantly resumes.
The crowd goes nuts, as Ellingson makes a dashing move around a defender and runs it in for a 93-yard, game winning touchdown, sending the sold-out crowd into a fitful frenzy of celebration. Strangers were high-fiving each other, fans were screaming and hugging and waving towels through the air, with smiles – gigantic, permanent smiles painted from ear to ear.
Most were still in shock at what they had just witnessed. Fans were glued to the giant screen, watching the replay over and over, trying to comprehend what had just transpired. The party spilled out from Lansdowne and continued down Bank Street with fans chanting, “we want the Grey Cup,” and “RedBlacks!”
While the boys will be in Winnipeg next week, the party will return to the area as we all cheer on our hometown heroes for their first-ever Grey Cup in franchise history.
Reserve your spot for the RedBlacks watching party here or join us in the Glebe for burgers, beers, chicken wings and some good ole’ Canadian football at one of our many great pubs or restaurants during Grey Cup Sunday next weekend. Let’s bound together to cheer on our heroes.
Let’s show the CFL what RNation really means. Where will you be when the RedBlacks play their biggest game in franchise history? Come to the the place where it all began. Let’s end it here too.
Go, RedBlacks, Go!