Featured Fan: Rob Joachim

Featured Fan is a spotlight on some of the most passionate fans around the CFL.

What are some of your earliest CFL memories?

I clearly remember watching the 1976 Grey Cup in my parents’ living room on Booth Street and jumping up and down on the couch during the Rough Rider’s final scoring drive. It was literally the only time I ever got away with it. I also recall the end of the 1979 season, specifically the final two regular season games and the playoffs. Ottawa lost to Montreal in the East final that year.

How many years have you been a season ticket holder?

I’m proud (or is it sad?) to say that I’ve been a season ticket holder through three franchises. In the Rough Rider era I was a STH from 1982 until they folded in 1996, was back again throughout the entire existence of the Renegades (2002-2005) and of course since the Redblacks came to town.


Who are some of your favourite players (past or present)? Why?

Considering I go way back as a fan, there’s way too many to pick just one. I’ll give honourable mentions to JC Watts, Skip Walker, Dave Newman, Larry Brune, Gerry Organ, Stephen Jones, Damon Allen, Reggie Barnes, Jock Climie, David Conrad, Greg Marshall, Kerry Joseph and of course Tony Gabriel for his toughness and dedication.

Now if we were talking guys presently playing in Ottawa I’d have to go with Brad Sinopoli, Chris Williams and Greg Ellingson. I’m happy I could easily name three players from last season since there wasn’t really anyone on the 2014 team that I liked.

What about some players who made you want to pull your hair out?

Again, that’s a long list but I’ll narrow down to Chevon Walker, Wallace Miles, Dan Crowley, Darren Davis, Ray Jacobs. And in terms of Rough Riders, there’s far too many I didn’t like but I’ll keep it to Todd Dillon and Joe Paopao.

Between the three franchises that have played in Ottawa, who’s had the best logo?

Hands down it’s been the immortal “R” for the Rough Riders.

What would you call your happiest and/or most disappointing moment as an Ottawa fan?

The happiest moment I can say I witnessed was the ’76 Grey Cup win. As for disappointing?  Without a doubt it was the day that the Rough Riders franchise was revoked and 120 years of history was flushed down the toilet. I never really felt (or had) the same bond with the Renegades.


What is your most prized piece of Rough Rider/Renegade/Redblacks memorabilia?

Good question. I’d say the Ottawa Citizen’s recap of the 1981 Grey Cup, which came out the following day. Aside from that I’ve got a some ticket stubs from the ‘80s and also a number of #80 jerseys.

Do you have any lucky game day attire?

Anything black works but it has to be ALL black. I also wear a specific shark tooth necklace but overall I’m not terribly superstitious, at least not anymore!


North or South Side?

South Side for life baby!!

Finish the sentence, “Being a part of R-Nation means….”

Being blessed to be a part of a wonderful group of people with whom I am proud to call my family (above calling them my friends). R-Nation lets me share the happiest moments of my life with a fantastic gang of passionate fans!


Thanks for your time Rob!

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Santino Filoso

Santino Filoso

Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)
Santino Filoso
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About Santino Filoso (197 Articles)
Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)

6 Comments on Featured Fan: Rob Joachim

  1. Enrico Della Penta // April 10, 2016 at 10:47 am //

    Nice article, a true fan. Glad to see the REDBLACKS have a great core of fans. Lots to cheer for REDBLACKS last year, let’s hope that another great season this year.

  2. Sheldon Kates // April 10, 2016 at 11:34 am //

    I am now 67 and have gone to Argos games for 60 years now. First with my Dad until hw passed awan then with my son and wife.
    I have been a subscriber since 1970 and raely miss a game.

    We need more fans like Rob to keep the CFL alive and well.

  3. Great piece Santino! Love the idea 🙂

  4. noellelorac // April 10, 2016 at 12:12 pm //

    Good article. Nice to see fans being interviewed for a change. Hope to see more!

  5. good article. 1976 GC sat in exhibition stadium in T.0. at about the 20 yard line. with everybody yelling WATCH OUT FOR GABRIEL on the side #77 caught the TD in the EZ with riders S provost trailing him like a dufus. in 1979 sat in the BIG HOLE watching the alouettes win again to go to their 3rd straight GC against edmonton!! been going to games since the late 50’s and a season ticket holder for good lord how many years?!! best montreal player QB sonny wade and best ottawa player QB russ jackson!! most disappointing moments the folding of montreal and ottawa along with FGK don sweet missing the last second FG to win the 1975 GC in calgary!! best helmet logos montreal the white helmet with the red wings and ottawa of course the original BIG R on the black helmet!! good remember whens. thanx.

  6. Nice to see such great fan spirit in Ottawa and the CFL overall. We have a great game and league in the CFL. Hopefully, the passion that the older fans have for CFL football will get passed on to new younger fans.

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