Ottawa, the Grey Cup is coming home.
On Sunday night, our Ottawa RedBlacks put an end to 40 years of football futility. In one of the most exciting CFL finals of all time, and maybe its’ biggest upset, the RedBlacks claimed the 104th Grey Cup with a 39-33 overtime win.
Ottawa surprised everyone, getting the lead early and headed into halftime leading the top-ranked Calgary Stampeders 20-7. In the second half, Calgary showed flashes of the team that went 14-1-1 in the regular season, and came back to force overtime. But in the end, it was the RedBlacks who came out victorious, on the back of the ageless Henry Burris, a stout defence, and an incredible juggling catch by Ernest Jackson.
There were impromptu team celebrations yesterday, with fans greeting the team at the airport Monday morning, and several hundred fans were waiting when the RedBlacks team buses arrived back at TD Place.
The Grey Cup has arrived at Lansdowne pic.twitter.com/d8Oi4F78fe
— Waubgeshig Rice (@waub) November 28, 2016
If you weren’t able to catch the team Monday, no problem! You’ll be able to join the celebrations on Tuesday at the Victory Parade! The parade route will start at noon, at the corner of Bank St. and Pretoria Ave, and will continue down Bank Street and into Lansdowne, where it will end with a fan rally at Aberdeen Square (beside the Aberdeen Pavilion).
The forecast may call for rain, but nothing can rain on this parade (see what I did there).
So Ottawa, after Fury FC’s Fall Season championship in 2015, the Ottawa Champions Can-Am league title in September, and now a Grey Cup, is it time to start calling ourselves the City of Champions? Let’s give it a shot.