The Ottawa Redblacks’ History for Dummies

I recently came across this tweet from fellow 3DN author John Hodge, and it got me thinking, what would it look like for R-Nation?

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So here’s my crack at condensing Ottawa’s 127 years of pro football history, as fans have lived it.

1876: Pigskin eh?

1898: I love that Rough Rider name, hopefully nobody else ever copies it

1925-26: Back to back championship wins! We should write a song about it before someone from Toronto does

1939-1940: Isn’t it fun watching the “Tank Corps” roll over the league?

1958: So Frank says this Russ Jackson kid might be pretty good

1958-1969: That Russ Jackson kid is really, really good

1973: Capital Punishment becomes legal and mandatory for every team in the CFL

1976: What a catch!

1981: So double PI is a thing?

1982-1991: What’s a season with more than 8 wins look like again?

1992: Who are these clowns from Detroit?

1993: Why is our logo on fire?

1994-1995: Who is this moustached man and what did he do to our “R” logo? Also, what happened to our uniforms?

1996: Noooooo! At least every goodbye makes the next hello closer, right?

1997-2001: The dark years which we don’t talk about

2002: Finally, football back where it belongs, good thing we’ll never have to live through 1996 again

2002-2005: 7 win seasons? It’s like we’re back in the glory days of ‘80s!

2005: Why are the clowns from Detroit back?

2006: This is 1996 again but much worse

2008-2013: Will these damn court battles with the “Friends” of Lansdowne ever end?

2014: Rough, back and Redblack! It’s. Go. Time.

2015: So this is what winning feels like. I could used to this.

The East Division trophy is hoisted by Ottawa Redblack players as they celebrate after defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL Eastern division final Sunday, November 22, 2015 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The East Division trophy is hoisted by Ottawa Redblack players as they celebrate after defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL Eastern division final Sunday, November 22, 2015 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

2016: Kind of nice to have a “QB controversy” featuring two good signals caller for a change. You’d have to go back to when Russ Jackson and Ron Lancaster shared snaps under the watchful eye of Frank Clair for the last time that happened here.

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.)
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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.)

2 Comments on The Ottawa Redblacks’ History for Dummies

  1. Enrico Della Penta // October 7, 2016 at 8:56 am //

    Ha good one Santino, a beaut.

  2. You should have added one to the 1995: Does our new owner exist?

    2016: Our owner from 1995 did exist except he is a ghost now.

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