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HUDDLE: This Day in Ottawa Football History - February 6

Jim McAuley

May 25, 2024

HUDDLE: This Day in Ottawa Football History - February 6

1970  (54 years today)

Ottawa Rough Riders announced that 6’-2”, 235-pound tackle, Frank Reid, will be attending the club’s training camp in June.  He is a graduate of University of Buffalo and a former student at Fisher Park High School. 


1974  (50 years today)

George Brancato signed a three-year contract with the Ottawa Rough Riders to become their Head Coach.  He had served as an Assistant Coach under Jack Gotta for the past three years.


1984  (40 years today)

The Provincial Government will provide up to $1M to match the City’s funding for artificial turf at Lansdowne Park.  The project will be ready for the first game of the football season.


1985  (39 years today)

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Head Coach, Jack Gotta, re-hired his trusted friend George Brancato as an Assistant Coach in charge of linebackers and defensive secondary on the same day that George signed to replace Gotta in Ottawa 11 years earlier (see above).


1986  (38 years today)

The film, Les Canadiens, will premiere on Sunday night, the ninth, following a reception in the main ballroom of the Chateau Laurier Hotel.  The film is a creation of former Ottawa Rough Riders’ centre, Bob McKeown, now a journalist with CBC’s Fifth Estate.  It depicts the 75-year history of the Montreal Canadiens hockey club.


1994  (30 years today)

Outgoing owner, Bernie Glieberman, was awaiting purchasers of the Ottawa Rough Riders.  To entice an interested party, the City of Ottawa has offered to upgrade Lansdowne Park to the tune of $3M.  Bruce Firestone, former owner of the Ottawa Senators, is reported to be interested.


1995  (29 years today)

Ottawa Rough Riders current owner, Bruce Firestone, and President Phil Kershaw were preparing to meet three potential purchasers of the club.  A gentleman from Mobile, Alabama, another from Boca Raton, Florida and Horn Chen, a Chicago-based restaurateur were expected in town in a few days.


2004  (20 years today)

Ottawa Renegades’ President, Brad Watters, said the club’s 2004 players’ budget will be about $2.8M, or nearly $300,000 over the CFL salary cap.  He said he didn’t expect to be punished for the breaches just like every club.

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