Sunday, December 4, 2022

The 1966 Golden Eagles / Sooners Playoff Series

The Ottawa Sooners owned the Interprovincial Junior Football League in the early 1960s but in 1966 the Eastview Golden Eagles were the dominant force on the Ontario side.

An article summarizing their final game of the 1965 season indicated that the Eagles would lose only four players to eligibility rules going into the next season and clearly that experience was a huge factor in their 1966 success. The won their first five games of that season by shut out before losing the sixth to the Sooners by a score of 12-00. They turned that result around for the seventh and final game, defeating those same Sooners 18-16. 

The two teams would then meet for a two game playoff series, both won by Eastview. 

October 16th

October 23rd

I was specific to being dominant in Ontario because following their series victory of the Sooners, the Golden Eagles lost 15-00 to Quebec powerhouse Notre Dame de Grace in Montreal the next weekend.

Among the players on the Eastview team was Paul Paddon who would go on to win the Hec Creighton award at the university of Ottawa in 1970. He only participated in a portion of the season because he went to play in the States for a spell.

Barry Ardern's name should be familiar as a defensive back with the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1968 to 1972. He played on both offense and defense for Eastview.

Jim Foley, another eventual Rough Rider, was also a contributor to that Eastview team. He was with the Riders from 1973 to 1976, earning two Grey Cup victories and the league's 1975 Most Outstanding Canadian award. 

Nov 11th, 1972: Montreal Alouettes 11 @ Ottawa Rough Riders 14

Not all playoff games are created equal. The summary below makes the contest seem so dismal that I considered avoiding it altogether and finding something else to post.  It's not exactly the stuff of great glory but hey, it still counted! 

Saturday, December 3, 2022

REDBLACKS hire Khari Jones as Offensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach

OTTAWA - The Ottawa REDBLACKS announced, today, that they have hired former Grey Cup champion Khari Jones as Offensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach for the 2023 Canadian Football League season.

"I’m extremely pleased to have Khari join the REDBLACKS family; KJ is a great communicator and teacher who brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and energy to Ottawa," said REDBLACKS Head Coach Dyce. "I’ve known KJ for nearly 20 years and we won a Grey Cup together in 2013. It was important to get a man of integrity like Khari to lead our offence going forward and I’m excited to work with him once again. 

Hailing from Hammond, Indiana, Jones spent the bulk of the 2022 CFL season as a Football Operations Consultant with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, following three years as Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator of the Montreal Alouettes. The 51-year-old guided the Als to the playoffs in both 2019, and 2021.

"I’m very happy and excited to be a part of Bob Dyce’s staff in Ottawa; I have known Bob for over 20 years and I am honoured to work with him again," said Jones. "I can’t wait to help deliver a dynamic offense for RNation and help push us towards the collective goal of bringing a Grey Cup back to Ottawa."

Prior to his time in Montreal, Jones spent three seasons as Offensive Coordinator of the BC Lions, helping them to a West Final appearance in 2016. He was also Quarterbacks Coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 2012-2013, where he enjoyed a victory in the 101st Grey Cup. Jones initially broke into the coaching ranks with the Ti-Cats, as Quarterbacks Coach and Offensive Coordinator from 2009-2011.

Jones' career as a player in the CFL was a decorated one, as the quarterback earned Most Outstanding Player, and CFL All-Star honours in 2001, with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, en route to a Grey Cup appearance. He was also named a CFL West All-Star in 2002.

Dec. 2nd, 2022: Bob Dyce named third head coach in Ottawa REDBLACKS history

OTTAWA - With two Grey Cup appearances and a championship under his belt in the nation's capital, Bob Dyce was officially named the third Head Coach in Ottawa REDBLACKS franchise history on Friday.

“We’re excited to bring Coach Dyce back as the third head coach in Ottawa REDBLACKS history,” said General Manager Shawn Burke. “Bob is not only an excellent coach but also a great man who personifies leadership. Bob will continue to inspire players to reach new heights as he leads us into a new era of REDBLACKS football in Ottawa.”

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, the 56-year-old Dyce has served as the REDBLACKS’ special teams coordinator since 2016, before being named interim head coach in the midst of the 2022 season. In six seasons at the helm of one of the league's top special teams units, Dyce was a key piece of a REDBLACKS coaching staff that won the Grey Cup in 2016, before once again making it to the big game in 2018. 

Before his arrival in Ottawa, he spent five years on the Saskatchewan Roughriders staff; as passing game coordinator and receivers coach (2010-2011), offensive coordinator (2012), special teams coordinator (2013-2015), and interim head coach (2015), winning the 101st Grey Cup in 2013. Prior to his time in Regina, Dyce was the receivers coach for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2003-2009.

"I'm tremendously excited for the opportunity presented to me by Shawn Burke, Mark Goudie, Adrian Sciarra, Roger Greenberg, John Ruddy, John Pugh and Bill Shenkman to serve as the head coach of the Ottawa REDBLACKS," said Dyce. "It's amazing that, seven years after first coming to Ottawa, I get to lead this talented group of players in front of such a passionate fan base. I look forward to working together with Shawn and the players to build a strong team that we all will be proud of both on the field and in the community."

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Nov 18th, 1973: Montreal Alouettes 14 @ Ottawa Rough Riders 23

What follows is Ottawa Citizen coverage of the 1973 Eastern final game which put the Riders in that year's Grey Cup. Take it away, Bob!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Dec. 2nd, 1939: Ottawa Rough Riders 23 @ Sarnia Imperials 01

Already going off script a little bit with the game summary below.

The Rough Riders did not win the Grey Cup in 1939 but they did reach the big game. They did so by defeating Sarnia of the ORFU as described in the following article. They suffered a narrow loss in the Cup game, 8-7, to Winnipeg.

Sammy Sward, while not as "household" a name as that of many Rough Riders of yore, had himself a day. "Herman" refer to Charles "Tiny" Herman and Burke's first name, unused in the article portions copied below, is Orville.   

Friday, November 18, 2022

Nov 28th, 1925: Queen's 02 @ Ottawa 11

It's Grey Cup weekend, and since the Rough Riders' Grey Cup victories are fairly well documented on the page dedicated to that championship, we're going to spend some time this weekend looking at some of the games that led up to them. 

The game below seemed like a good place to start. It is Ottawa's (at the time often called Senators or simply "Ottawas") Eastern Final victory against the defending champs from Queen's which placed them in the Grey Cup game.
The "Tubman" referred to numerous times in the partial article below is, of course, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame member Joe Tubman. See the bottom of the post for more on him, after the cropped game summary.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Sept 15th, 1996: "Turnovers Ignite Late Riders Rally"

It never really jumped out at me that the Rough Riders' final victory came against a similarly shitty Saskatchewan team, in Regina no less.

The real Rough Riders winning out there would be cause enough to store this game summary forevermore, but that it was the team's last makes it damn near mandatory to do so. And we are!

Oct 5th, 2013: Return of the Panda

Oct 29th, 1983: "Sooners Beat Montreal to Make National Final"

The image below is of Peppi LaRiccia (left) and George Gariepy according to the accompanying caption which I didn't not copy.