The Ottawa Rough Riders – A Football Legacy

The Ottawa Rough Riders were a professional football team based in Ottawa, Ontario. They competed in the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 1876 to 1996.

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Introduction

The Ottawa Rough Riders were a professional Canadian football team based in Ottawa, Ontario. They competed in the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from their founding in 1938 until 1996. The team was founded as the Ottawa Royals in 1884. The name was changed first to the Ottawa Football Club in 1890, and then two years later to the current nickname of “Rough Riders”.

The Early Days

The Ottawa Rough Riders were a Canadian Football League team based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. They played professional football from 1876 until 1996. The team was founded in 1876 by a group of college football players.

The Rough Riders won the Grey Cup, the CFL’s championship game, 10 times. They also won the Yates Cup, the championship game of the Eastern Football Conference, seven times.

The team’s name comes from an early nickname for Calgary, when it was known as “Roughrider Town”.

The Grey Cup

The Grey Cup is the trophy awarded to the Canadian Football League (CFL) champions. It is named after Albert Grey, the Governor General of Canada from 1904 to 1911. The Ottawa Rough Riders were the first team to win the Grey Cup, in their debut season in 1898. They went on to win it a total of 12 times, more than any other team in CFL history.

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The Rough Riders’ last Grey Cup victory was in 1976, when they defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the now-infamous Mud Bowl. The game was played in a driving rainstorm and turned into a mud pit by the end. It is considered one of the greatest games in CFL history.

Despite their long history of success, the Rough Riders ceased operations in 1996 due to financial difficulties. In 2002, a new Ottawa team was founded and began play in the CFL. They are known as the Ottawa Renegades.

The Rough Riders in the CFL

The Ottawa Rough Riders were a professional Canadian football team based in Ottawa, Ontario. They competed in the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from their founding in 1876 until 1996. A member of the Grey Cup championship team in 1925, 1940, and 1951, the Rough Riders also won the National Championship in 1898 and lost the Dominion Championship game seven times between 1920 and 1949 – more than any other team during that period.

The Return of the Rough Riders

After a years-long absence, the Ottawa Rough Riders are finally returning to the gridiron. The team was resurrected in 2013, nearly two decades after it was originally disbanded. The new Rough Riders will look to reclaim their place as one of the top football teams in the country and build on the storied tradition of the original franchise.

The return of the Rough Riders has been met with great excitement from Ottawa fans, who have been eagerly awaiting the team’s return. The new Rough Riders have already begun to make their mark on the city, with a number of community initiatives and partnerships. The team is also working hard to create a competitive squad that can compete for a championship.

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Only time will tell if the new Ottawa Rough Riders can live up to the legacy of their namesake, but there is no doubt that they are off to a great start.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Ottawa Rough Riders were a beloved football team in Canada for over 100 years. The team was a source of pride for the city of Ottawa and was a completely Canadian team throughout its history. Unfortunately, the team ran into financial difficulties in the late 1990s and was forced to fold. However, the team left behind a legacy as one of the most successful teams in Canadian football history.

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