Mother Nature definitely outperformed the Ottawa Redblacks and BC Lions football clubs last night with a spectacular thunderstorm. The game was a low scoring one (7-5 for BC) with no touchdowns recorded. There were very few skilled passing or running plays performed by either team, with the roar of a chainsaw announcing a Redblack first down an uncommon sound. The fans enjoyed the game nevertheless, shouting MOOOCHOIR each and every time a “flag on the field/mouchoir sur le terrain” was announced. Unlike the sound of the chainsaw, the MOOOCHOIRs were frequent.
Mother Nature’s contribution to the entertainment caused a rain delay in the fourth quarter, which of course happened just as the Redblacks had moved the ball down the field into field goal range with a late surge of momentum, hoping to add the three points to their score to clinch the victory.
We heard the thunder and saw the lightning as the storm approached the stadium, but we all hoped it would pass us over. As the storm hit with a torrential downpour and gale force winds that sent sideline advertising sailing onto the field, the officials cleared the field announcing a rain delay, forcing the players and fans to safety.
Like most thunderstorms, it was over quickly and the game continued, but the Redblacks were unable to catch the Lions.