Edmonton bad news for 'Gades

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

No matter the forecast, a black cloud always seems to hover over Ottawa football teams when they visit Edmonton.

One hasn't tasted victory at Commonwealth Stadium since Aug. 8, 1983, when the Rough Riders edged the Eskimos by a 17-14 count. The string of futility now stands at 17 straight losses, during which Ottawa clubs have been outscored by a whopping 364 points (691-327).

That's 52 converted touchdowns, for those who don't think 364 points sounds like much over a 22-year span.

"Sooner or later, we've got to break that streak and pull a win out," said Renegades quarterback Kerry Joseph. "It's the challenge for us.".

EXTRA POINTS: Fans can now take advantage of Saturday's $99 season ticket sale from the comfort of their own homes. Due to "increased demand and interest," the Renegades are making seats in southside sections AA and HH and northside sections A and H available in the one day only offer via the internet, at www.capitaltickets.ca. starting at 9 a.m. The purchase of $99 seats in other sections will be available at the Silver City in Gloucester, the Famous Players Coliseum on Carling Ave and the Famous Players StarCite theatre in Gatineau... Marc Pilon has beaten out Cam Legault in a battle of two Ottawa boys for the starting defensive tackle spot alongside Jerome Haywood. Legault, who has been hampered by a knee injury, will see plenty of action tomorrow as well, coach Joe Paopao said yesterday ... Receiver David Azzi, another locally grown Renegade, "tweaked" his hamstring in practice Tuesday. Paopao had hoped Azzi would be "probable" for the July 1 home opener. "Right now, that's up in the air," said Paopao.


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