We love you, REDBLACKS!
Thanks for bringing the Grey Cup home.
First things first, Ottawa REDBLACKS, you are an inspiration to us all, pure and simple. To fans, to the city of Ottawa, to the entire country, who were rooting you on, coast-to-coast.
You put on an amazing display of heart and grit and persevered through a tough three years to make football relevant again in Ottawa. You are living proof that with hard work, dedication and tenacity, anything is possible – even dethroning the seemingly unbeatable Calgary Stampeders.
Now, let’s recap what went down last night at BMO field in Toronto.
It was one of the wildest, back-and-forth, on-your-seat championship games in the CFL, that saw the REDBLACKS inch past the Calgary Stampeders 39-33 in a stunning overtime thriller Sunday night.
It was a CFL game for the ages, and it had everything a football fan wants in a game: high scoring, end-to-end rushes, dramatic fumbles, a successful onside kick, and an intense overtime that was hard to watch for either fan base.
But in the end, it was the REDBLACKS quarterback, 41-year-old Henry Burris, who led his team to its first-ever Grey Cup Championship in their three-year history as a franchise – and the first professional football championship for Ottawa in 40 years. The Ottawa pivot threw for 461 yards, three touchdowns, and ran in two of his own to lead the REDBLACKS to victory.
It all came down to the winning play in overtime, when Burris found Ernest Jackson for an 18-yard touchdown. Jackson bobbled the ball just outside the end zone, before pulling it into his chest for the score.
Calgary couldn’t convert on their possession, and they were forced to say goodbye to one of the greatest CFL regular seasons that saw the Stamps go an impressive 15-2-1 en route to the Grey Cup.
BMO field in Toronto was bouncing after the big REDBLACKS win Sunday night, and fans are excited to see the Grey Cup back in Ottawa this week.
There will be a Grey Cup parade Tuesday at noon in the Glebe, starting on Pretoria Avenue before heading down Bank Street to Lansdowne Park, where there will be a fan rally at the Aberdeen square. Don your RNation colours and come out to the Glebe to help the REDBLACKS celebrate this incredible historic accomplishment. Let’s keep the momentum going throughout 2017 as we get ready to host CFL fans from across the country for the 105th Grey Cup in Ottawa next year.
Fans can secure their seats now for the 105th Grey Cup by putting down a $50 deposit before Wednesday to get early access to select your seat before sales open the general public. Click here to secure your seats.
Congratulations to the entire REDBLACKS team, Grey Cup MVP Henry Burris, Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian Brad Sinopoli, head coach Rick Campbell and his staff, General Manager Marcel Desjardins, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group President Jeff Hunt and his amazing team and, of course, the Ottawa fans of RNation, including the busloads of people who made the drive down for the big game.