Thursday , June 1 2023

The Redblacks chain team returns to the Gray Cup


Three years after being cut, the Ottawa timber will return to the Gray Cup, while Redblacks will take Calgary Stampeders from Edmonton this weekend.

Algonquin College Loggersports College was banned from the Gray Cup 2015 after CFL told them they could offer Redblacks an unfair advantage.

The ban continued at the Gray Cup 2016 because there was not enough space to be able to safely sit in parallel at the BMO Field in Toronto.

Plain-lined timber is a base of RedBlacks games at TD Place.

This year, CFL has overturned, allowing the team to take part in cutting a cookie from a log every time Redblacks marks a touchdown. Cookies are then marked with the Redblacks logo and given to a special fan.

The team, with three Loggersports graduates and coach Chris Ryan, heads to Edmonton on Saturday afternoon, in time for the Sunday match, Algonquin College spokesman Ruth Dunley confirmed.

Sunday's game is a rematch from 2015, when Redblacks won the title at Stampeders. That year, neither the donkey nor the Quick Six horse – Calgary, who stamped the field when they touched a touch, were allowed.

Together with timber, Quick Six will make a comeback this year.

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