Prior to the REDBLACKS' game against BC this past weekend, I located and posted what I believe to be the first regular season contest between the two teams. It turned out to be one of the first-ever regular East vs. West contests following the formation of the CFL, so a bit more historic than I thought.
I wanted to find a similarly historic event between Ottawa and Montreal in light of the game between the two teams this coming Friday night. I was reminded that Ottawa once picked off eight pass attempts by Montreal in a single game so I tracked that down.
I was initially confused. I had read that the game took place on October 12th, 1947, and that Ottawa won (as you'd expect, when intercepting eight passes) 22-03. Yet when I pulled up the October 13th, 1947, Ottawa Citizen, it made reference to a loss by Ottawa to Montreal, 07-01. What the hell?
There were actually two game summaries in that paper because there were two games played that weekend. Ottawa hosted Montreal on October 11th, a Saturday, then the two teams played again the next day in Montreal. There were no Sunday papers then so both game summaries were in the Monday paper and I just happened to land on the wrong one. Hence the mention of "yesterday's performance" in the partial article below.
That would be Howie Turner referred to in the first paragraph. With the score 6-3 in Ottawa's favour, Turner picked off Montreal passer Tommy Cates and ran "nearly forty yards" for the TD to make the game 12-03 at halftime. Then....
Gaudar doesn't have much history within the Ottawa region as such, though he was on the 1943 Ottawa Combines team, but he was league commissions from 1968 to 1984.
Those two teams had quite a few people that would go on to be very influential, but that day they were just getting their noses bloodied.