Riders sets their sights on (another) Ottawa tradition

It looks like R-Nation’s list of grievances will need to be updated.

Not content with copying the Rough Riders name in 1924 (but spelling it differently and hoping no one would notice), or with winning the 2007 Grey Cup with a roster full of ex-Renegades, Saskatchewan continues to look to the nation’s capital for inspiration. Nothing it seems, not even Ottawa’s hallowed North vs South rivalry, is off limits.

Established in 1980 when a frustrated group of fans in the upper south side stands of Frank Clair Stadium banded together to call out their counterparts for failing to cheer on a strong defensive effort, the Ottawa Southsiders were born with a rallying cry of “North Side Sucks!”

Through the lean years, when the Rough Riders had nothing going for them on or off the field, the rivalry in the stands between the North, (which came be associated with an older and quieter crowd) and the South (which revelled in living up to its boisterous reputation every game) was often the most entertaining part of going down to Lansdowne.

But now, according to the Regina Leader-post, Saskatchewan is looking to edge in on this sacred Ottawa intra-stadium rivalry with it’s own version of the North vs South competition. In the new Mosaic Stadium, the south end zone will aim to be one of the loudest and highest energy places in the stadium. It’ll be a section without chairs, attracting a younger drinking crowd. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Mosaic’s north end zone will have seats, pulling in an older, more traditional type of fan.

When talking about the south end zone, Gregg Sauter (VP of Saskatchewan’s marketing and business development) said:

“If you like to cheer loud and have a lot of fun at the games, that’s going to be your place.”

Clearly Saskatchewan has done it’s research, as that quote might as well be describing the South Side of TD Place.

Better watch out Big Joe, with the way things are going, you might be next.

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
Santino Filoso
About Santino Filoso (218 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.)

92 Comments on Riders sets their sights on (another) Ottawa tradition

  1. Wasn’t aware Ottawa holds the copyrights to North and South… Having said that, they are a class operation, and I won’t speak ill of them. This story however, is click-bait rubbish.

    • Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm //

      come up with your own original idea.

      • truenorthern // July 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm //

        Calgary Stampeders

        – Absolutely fleecing the Renegades in a trade for All-Star LB John Grace

        – Consistently turning trips to Cowtown into losses. Since 2002 Ottawa has won twice at McMahon Stadium

        – Making their 3rd jerseys identical to the Redblacks home uniform. Seriously, if the word Stampeders wasn’t on the front, those would be Ottawa uniforms. On one hand, at least they haven’t tried to take Ottawa’s name, but stealing their jersey isn’t far behind.

        Verdict: 2 Little Balls of Hate
        It’s hard to despise the team you just beat in a Grey Cup classic.

        • Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 6:13 pm //

          your home record against Calgary isn’t much better

          • Truenorthern // July 12, 2017 at 10:30 pm //

            Virtually the same

            So, what’s your obsession with coach jones? Do you know him? Did he cause you harm? Why do you attack him personally??

      • Even their silly “Green is the colour” was stolen from “Blue is the Colour” started by Chelsea FC back in the 70s

        When I heard that for the first time with the Riders just changing the colour, I said WTF
        STOP it – get something original

  2. Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm //

    nothing new with this!

  3. Lindsay Wilcox // July 12, 2017 at 5:43 pm //

    I feel that, due to Ticats’ admin aiming for younger crowd, we older fans are being pushed out by insignificant recognition/rewards for 40+ years season tickets, poor parking, etc. Maybe there will be a section of THF that is dedicated to the old folks, winner of old vs. young/new season-ticket holders

  4. Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 5:44 pm //

    Rider nation, black feature color to uniform, bring em out song, Pilsner beer……all “Inspired” from other teams

  5. Slow day? This is your article you decide to write? Come on man. Pick at everything “wrong” in the stadium, its still the best in the league with the best fans that just want to go to a game.

    • Taylor, cheers to that and that is the only wise thing i’ve read in the whole string.

  6. lochtess // July 12, 2017 at 5:49 pm //

    Hors E Power:

    Blah blah blah blah Riders, blah blah blah Riders blah blah. Riders blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah Stampeders blah Riders. Riders blah blah cheaters blah blah blah no class blah blah Chris Jones blah blah criminal blah blah.

  7. Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 5:53 pm //

    I’ve been thinking for awhile now it’s only a matter of time before they come up with a copy promotion similar to Calgary’s world fastest cow and only a matter of time when they try to come up with a copy of the Lambeau Leap

    • It makes me smile that your always thinking of the Riders! Come on over, you know you want to, the waters fine.

  8. Prairiedolphin // July 12, 2017 at 6:03 pm //

    How about the riders and their dropping the 13th man flag before the game. Wonder which nfl team gave them that idea?

    • lochtess // July 12, 2017 at 6:06 pm //


      If you want to get technical the Seattle Seahawks stole it from Texas A&M and pay them a licensing fee to use it.

    • Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 6:07 pm //

      lololol very true.
      and of course they fail to see the irony of teh ’13” man falg. While they think its a celebration of their “loudness” Its actually a celebartion and reminder to the rest of the league- a certain late november early evening..nuff said

    • Well the riders have been using the 13th man thing since 2007 so….

  9. Yemenator47 // July 12, 2017 at 6:04 pm //

    Seriously? The south end zone is where they put the party terrace, and it will be somewhat like the old university section at Taylor field for atmosphere. The north end zone is regular seating, as are the east and west sides of the stadium, which contain the majority of seats. There is no co-opting of tradition going on here.

  10. Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm //

    plese give alberta it’s beer back. It doesn’t belong to you

    • George Porge // July 13, 2017 at 11:25 am //

      Naw, they can keep it. There’s far better beer available in Alberta than that green swill they fawn over in Saskyville.

  11. Mr Curling // July 12, 2017 at 6:42 pm //

    Mr Curling actually read the Leader Post article, funny, no mention of Ottawa, they compared “standing” in the south endzone to Clevelands Doggpound and Oakland’s Black Hole. Obviously 3downnation is scrambling to create fake news sensationalism on a Rider Bye week as there is no interest in the rest of the CFL

    • Richard // July 12, 2017 at 7:47 pm //

      3Down editors – “Quick, someone write a clickbait article about the Riders!” funny enough, it worked.

    • CC Rider // July 13, 2017 at 9:18 am //

      They should have made reference to the Log Cabin at TD Place since this sounds almost identical.

      Unless I’m mistaken, the Black Hole and Dawg Pound are not standing-room-only sections like this is going to be.

  12. Ross2013 // July 12, 2017 at 6:43 pm //

    the fact that this is an article three weeks into the CFL season is sad. Every team in professional sport “steals” ideas from other teams. Digging pretty deep trying to find a way the riders are stealing from the redblacks.

  13. What a useless article. Someone says “the south end zone is where to be if you want to get rowdy” and you decide that is close enough to claim theft of a rivalry, as if that could be done.

    • Quit your damn whining, waaaa they said stuff about the regina team waaaaa.
      You idiots are worse than Trump

  14. RJ Johnson Jr // July 12, 2017 at 7:45 pm //

    I love it. Now although I’ve had seasons tickets for the Riders for over 15 years, and have never heard of this North side South side rivalry; I absolutly love how the fans, I mean followers of other teams always take the time to read and comment on the Rider stories here. I’ve always heard the Rider games sell the most tickets in other stadiums and used to think it was due to Rider fans in those locations. But now I see that even followers of the other teams love being a part of Rider Nation.

    • Richard // July 12, 2017 at 7:49 pm //

      True, as they say the opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The manufactured hate of the Riders from other fans bases only proves how much, deep down, they truly love us! LOL

      • you regina dummies invented speed dating at every family reunion, since then no original thinking has occurred.

  15. Ottawa’s rugby club dropped it’s Roughriders name and changed it to the Senators in 1924. Regina then changed its name to the Rough Riders. Therefore your statement that we Copied Ottawa is fake news.

    • Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 8:06 pm //

      Maybe the statement is false. But it shows you were trolling and pounced when the name was dropeed. Of course back then news of Ottawa dropping name probably took 2 months
      Whether it someone on 1924 or Chris Jones in 2017 somethings never change

      • Truenorthern // July 12, 2017 at 10:35 pm //

        Why the attacks on coach jones horsie? Did he get you canned? Why so personal? Your attacks are really over the top. What’s your issue?

    • Richard // July 12, 2017 at 8:12 pm //

      And the original colours of the Regina Roughriders was, you guessed it, red & black, until they changed to green & white and changed their name to “Saskatchewan Roughriders” in 1948.

      So Ottawa stole our original colours! LOL

    • It’s still copied. If you show me a script you wrote but never submitted, and I submit an identical one, I still stole your concept. There was no coincidence about it.

  16. Richard // July 12, 2017 at 8:07 pm //

    Santino must be the same Ottawa guy that told the credit unions they can’t use the word “bank” anymore

  17. Terry Melnyk // July 12, 2017 at 8:22 pm //

    This is quite probably the weakest article in the history of the site. Not surprising coming from a guy that watches the games on TV from Brazil.

    • george fogarty // July 12, 2017 at 9:37 pm //

      Wha, wha, wha, let me call all your Green and White fans an ambulance with all your useless comments.

      • never seen such a group of babies, oh poor us as regina fans we have no teeth, no schools, no toilet paper and now this!!!

    • Enrico Della Penta // July 12, 2017 at 9:54 pm //

      Are you related to Eugene? You sure have that air of negativity that he has.

  18. Am I missing something here? Some guy living in Brazil for some reason is covering the REDBLACKS and is manufacturing some sort of story about the Riders “stealing” Ottawa’s North/South rivalry based on the fact that the Riders are marketing the Pilsner Place as a fun place to watch a game and cheer loud? What garbage.

    • George Fogarty // July 13, 2017 at 7:39 am //

      Another wha, wha, wha, whambulance client. Get over it and trade in your rotary phone for a touch tone. Its 2017 and who cares where he is at least he is doing a great job covering the REDBLACKS.

    • CC Rider // July 13, 2017 at 11:01 am //

      Let’s not just dismiss the “Born and raised in the 613” part of the bio. I only know Filoso online but I believe he played amateur and I’m certain I’ve seen him at games. The fact that he lives in Brazil some/most/all of the time doesn’t disqualify him from being knowledgeable about the team(s).

  19. Hors E Power // July 12, 2017 at 11:14 pm //

    The new Mosaic is getting a poor reputation

    • mrincomprehensible // July 13, 2017 at 12:21 am //

      Only in your eyes. Between you and Baloney M your mouths are getting away again

  20. Hors E Power // July 13, 2017 at 12:39 am //

    So really in the early days of pro sports and few pro teams around the best Saskatchewan could do is pick an already used, very obscure name like Roughrider???. I mean, Puma, cougar, panther. No one though of these?

  21. Hors E Power // July 13, 2017 at 12:53 am //

    I say cfl has a game between Ottawa and Sask where the winner keeps Roughrider name and loser has to change. It would be a huge promotion and gain huge international attention

    • Why would they do that? If Ottawa doesn’t win in the next few years, they will fold. As per how many Rough Rider/Renegades/Redblacks restarts. No offense to the Ottawa fans, but you guys for whatever reason can’t keep the fans in the stands. The Senators are perfect example. Last Canadian team in the play offs and the stands were empty.

      • Ya too bad the telethon producers couldn’t help Ottawa. Probably exhausted after saving regina so many times.

  22. Remember Chelsea FCs song “Blue is the Colour” started back in 1972?
    guess who copied it and changed the word blue for green?
    It sounds horrible now and even worse with the “green” word replacing the blue
    They need something original

    • Hors E Power // July 13, 2017 at 9:37 am //

      yet another one!!!!

      • CC Rider // July 13, 2017 at 11:05 am //

        There’s at least one more. “On Roughriders” was adapted from “On Wisconsin”, the fight song for the Wisconsin Badgers, according to Wikipedia, anyway.

        But maybe Wisconsin stopped playing for a couple of years so Saskatchewan just decided to create something near identical.

  23. Double Blue // July 13, 2017 at 9:34 am //

    Seems like a bit of leap to call this “stealing a tradition”… especially from a team that’s 3 years old!

    • CC Rider // July 13, 2017 at 11:07 am //

      Honestly, it does. Even if this does look a lot like the Log Cabin, Montreal also did something similar at their place; remove seats for a standing area. No one is accusing Montreal of stealing the idea from someone else.

      Responding to a trend is not necessarily stealing an idea.

  24. Hors E Power // July 13, 2017 at 11:19 am //

    We must give credit where credit is due. The riders have set the standard on a couple of things. Futility and fines

    • Ladd Law // July 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm //

      On that theme, we can thank the Stumps for producing the more arrogant, ignorant, and vile fan base in the league, and for being perennial chokes in the big games.

    • dumping manure on players lawns is also a regina tradition.

  25. Ladd Law // July 13, 2017 at 11:47 am //

    Sadly stories like this do not do the CFL or 3D any favors. It’s quite ridiculous. The Ottawa fan base did not support their team(s) and the Riders have remained despite some near death experiences. The Riders will continue to be Canada’s team and it won’t matter what happens in Ottawa.

    • CC Rider // July 13, 2017 at 11:52 am //

      “…the Riders have remained despite some near death experiences.”

      Well, thanks to the NFL loan. If it had been left up to fan support, you were dead too. But Saskatchewan fans tend to ignore that detail.

  26. Yet another stupid biased article from this joke of a media outlet. I can hardly find any reason to continue checking this site except their insight into contract values but considering the bias BS they constantly publish I don’t even believe it is accurate anyone. Anyway between the hate stories about the Riders and the Stump trolls, I’m out…… Have fun people because life is too short for this waste of time and senseless frustration.

    • Hors E Power // July 13, 2017 at 12:34 pm //

      Ba na na na na na na na hey hey hey good bye

    • Thank God one less regina dummy here. Next man up to whine endlessly about the poor regina teams treatment. Go back to douchebag Pedersen if you need coddling so bad.

      • Exactly, with dick heads like you and the horses ass I’ll leave the gutter site because you 2 are proof that is all that it is. Not to mention the ones that call themselves writers because no one else is calling them that.

        • How many times are you going to leave? GTFO whiney regina dummy. No way you could answer the spambot question twice, did your mommy help?

      • Ladd Law // July 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm //

        Gee Norm, your boyfriend just dump you or something? You’re pretty bitter. Your comments say a lot more about you than they do those you speak. Remember, what you hate in another is what you hate about yourself, so does douchebag fit you too??

  27. Ha Ha Ha……You can say what you like about the RBs….there fun to read (as I sit in my back yard sipping my beer out of the GREY CUP)!!!,!!….your teams are all a bunch of losers because we are the champs …end of story

    • Hors E Power // July 13, 2017 at 11:45 pm //

      Wow Racer. You must be something to have your own day with the cup.
      You ever wonder why the rings say “Thanks Hank” inside?
      It’s because he is the only reason you won. He’s gone and you are now nothing!. Don’t listen to me, just look at your winless record.
      Last November was along time ago

      • George Fogarty // July 14, 2017 at 5:43 am //

        Coming from a supporter of a team that was a lock on the Grey Cup last year and let it slip away. Go job Bo, do again this year yeh choker.

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