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 is originally from Ottawa and has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know).