No Redblacks? No Problem. For Ottawa, the 105th Grey Cup was a smashing success

Everywhere you looked, you saw their logo.

During Grey Cup week, it was literally impossible to avoid seeing Ottawa Redblacks paraphernalia.

From the thousands of snow dusted fans on all four sides of TD Place, to the daily team parties, to the family friendly meet and greets, Redblacks imagery was front and centre.

Players such as Greg Ellingson, Brad Sinopoli, Ryan Lindley, Antoine Pruneau, Sherrod Baltimore, Nigel Romick, Arnaud Gascon-Nadon, SirVincent Rogers, Jon Gott and others were prominent at events..

There were coaches like Mark Nelson, Jamie Elizondo, Moton Hopkins and Rick Campbell on hand.

Even legendary alumni such as Henry Burris and Rough Rider great Russ Jackson dropped by.

The only thing missing was what every Ottawa fan truly wanted to see, their team on the field.

And yet in spite of that, the 105th Grey Cup was a rousing success.

R-Nation and the Ottawa community fully embraced the CFL and showed anyone with lingering doubts that the nation’s capital is indeed, a thriving football hotbed.

As an Ottawa native, it was impressive to see the city rally around the festival. During the day, Lansdowne was packed, teeming with events (both free and paid) for all ages. In the evenings, the R-Nation party was the nightlife epicentre but the Stamps House, the Atlantic Schooners East Down Kitchen Party, Spirit of Edmonton and Riderville all went strong as well.

Every day leading up to the big game was an endless slew of opportunities for both locals and visitors to get out and rub shoulders with each other and their gridiron heroes.

Perhaps most impressively, everything ran smoothly. Aside from Sunday’s Great Lawn tailgate (which was overhyped and actually quite disappointing), most events were well organized and fun.

As I took in the sights over the past few days, I couldn’t help but shake my head to think that only four years earlier, the Redblacks were in their inaugural season and many of the buildings at Lansdowne still under construction.

That the 105th Grey Cup was such a smashing success is a tribute to not only Jeff Hunt and the OSEG organization, but the entire city.

It’s often said that the Grey Cup is a week long celebration of Canadian football, but for many in Ottawa, it was so much more. It was a chance to welcome in their CFL brethren from around the county and another opportunity to revel in the fact that their home is a football town; even without the Redblacks playing.

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.)

16 Comments on No Redblacks? No Problem. For Ottawa, the 105th Grey Cup was a smashing success

  1. Great overhead shot.

  2. Feeling Blue // December 1, 2017 at 10:31 am //

    What an experience….Fantastic!!!

  3. Galloping Again into 2018 // December 1, 2017 at 10:48 am //

    The Calgary Stampeder connection to the game is undeniable. Success breeds success.

  4. Had one of the best grey cup experiences ever .I had an amazing time. Thanks Ott! Edmo… good luck, the bar is set higher than McDavid’s salary next year.

  5. Stamps losing for two years straight is beautiful. Bo sucks and the team is a bunch of individuals. Go Argos!

    • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm //

      Losing is a strong word. I refer “not winning”

      • Lancaster/Reed // December 1, 2017 at 5:42 pm //

        The term is choking.

        • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm //

          Calgary was within a play of winning a Grey Cup 2 years in a row. Do you think that’s an accident?
          Couldbn’t one argue the riders “choked” at the end vs Toronto in Eastern Final??

          • Lancaster/Reed // December 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm //

            Sure you could. Riders could have won that game, but didnt. Calgary should have won both grey cups,( overwhelming favourites both years) but both times choked when gutcheck time came around. Thats the true choke job donkey, when a team loses the big games when everybody expected them to win.

  6. Fantastic weekend. Events were terrific, atmosphere was fantastic and the game capped it all off. Hats off to Ottawa

  7. Just saying // December 1, 2017 at 7:14 pm //

    Calgary had two successful seasons, congratulations! Lol

  8. Lancaster/Reed // December 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm //

    From all accounts that ive heard, Ottawa can take a big bow for putting on an amazingly awesome Grey Cup week. After the embarrassment in toronto last year, its great to see an eastern city embrace the cfl and the grey cup. Well done Ottawa. You deserve to get the big game back soon.

  9. The Ottawa owners did a fantastic job, Ottawa has raised the bar for Grey Cup week.
    Let’s hope the Grey Cup never goes back to Toronto

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