Ottawa Rough Riders' forgotten coach.

I have completely forgotten the coach of the 1987 Ottawa Rough Riders.

The nadir of Ottawa’s modern football history had to be the period between 1985 and 1988, when the team went from 7-9, to 3-14-1, to 3-15, to 2-16. Legend had it Sports Illustrated named the red Riders one of the worst teams in sports.

What a time to be a die-hard, every year - every week! - summoning up ridiculous and vain hopes that things were getting better, only to walk into an even worse mess the next time around. Steve Goldman, Damon Allen, Jo-Anne Polak and company began to turn things around in 1989, but then came Bruce McNall and The Rocket, and that was the end of that. The nineties were to represent the next-to-nadir nadir, which included a 3-63 pasting at Edmonton in 1995. Has anyone paid more dues than the Ottawa Rough Rider fan?

But a strange thing about that 1987 schedule: Edmonton and Ottawa played three times.

Does anyone know anything about this scheduling quirk, or remember other years - outside of the expansiontime - that East met West more than twice?

Please and thank you kindly.

Freddy Glick. See his picture in dictionary next to caption reading, “Where nice guys finish.”

Didn’t he finish first in 1984?

A whole book could be written about CFL scheduling quirks. (some of which persist even today) :wink:

If we’re talking about forgotten Rough Rider coaches look no further than Ron Smeltzer. Was coaching high school football in BC, then ends up on a CFL sideline months later. He vanished from the pro coaching ranks shortly after never to return.

It’s because the Alouettes folded one day before the regular season started. One day! Unreal. It meant that the league had to scramble and just throw a schedule together based on availability.

Charles Bronfman wanted out as owner … Norm Kimball (from the Edmonton branch of the CFL Old Boys Club) was brought in to ***own ***the Alouettes … Bronfman even gave him a million dollars to help run things … Kimball spent $1.25 on training camp, folded the team and pocketed the rest … Good Old Days CFL at its finest.

Good to be reminded that Fred Glick was a part of Winnipeg’s outstanding Grey Cup team of 1984. When the Alouettes went blooey on the eve of the 1987 season, Winnipeg was shunted into the East. For a funny perspective on this, see Bob Cameron on the Winnipeg CFL Traditions saying, “Now we’re going to be in the Grey Cup every year!”

Fred Glick wasn’t the only Winnipeg executive to come to Ottawa around that strange time. Paul Robson became the Ottawa general manager. He came with a great reputation but he bombed in Ottawa.

Robson and Glick were heralded as saviours upon arrival, but disappeared without a ripple, like Norm Kimball in Montreal. That was a weird time, with Montreal folding and Ottawa dying.

However, what a time it was in other parts of the country: Edmonton, for instance. 1987 saw the Eskimos win the Grey Cup, the Oilers the Stanley Cup, and, for good measure, Team Canada winning the Canada Cup.

What happened to the CFL in Montreal and Ottawa during the eighties? The answer might just be a cautionary tale today.

Eh, at least they weren’t the Montreal Concordes.