The Ottawa Redblacks will face the Calgary Stampeders in the 106th Grey Cup Sunday at Commonwealth Stadium and both head coaches hand their own take on the annual question about whether players would be allowed to have sex in the days leading up to the big game.
Dave Dickenson and the Stamps have lost the last two Grey Cups, 2016 to Ottawa and 2017 against Toronto, which caused him to borrow a phrase from his coaching counterpart Rick Campbell.
“I’d like to go down the road that I heard a great coach a couple years ago that had just lost a Grey Cup. He told his players that if at first you don’t succeed, try again. And I’m going to live by that motto this year, so thank you Rick for the line,” Dickenson said.
The Redblacks lost the Grey Cup in 2015 to the Edmonton Eskimos and Campbell said prior to the Ottawa’s victory in 2017: “If you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
“They put us out about eight kilometres away from the downtown, so we’ll see if that helps,” Dickenson added.
Campbell wants his Redblacks to finish what they’ve started.
“Well, I got a call yesterday from my mother [Louise] and she informed me that she’s coming up to the game, she hasn’t been to the two Grey Cups I was the head coach in before,” Campbell said.
“So she’s coming up here and I don’t want to get in trouble with my mom and be talking about sex in public like this. So I probably should stay away from that, but I think it’s just like the football game on Sunday: it’s time to rise to the occasion and close the deal.”