Rough Riders were in drink in '83

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Renegades defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall played for the Rough Riders that beat the Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium Aug. 8, 1983 -- the last Ottawa team to win here.

"It actually kick started us on a six- or seven-game winning streak," said Marshall, who remembers the Riders embarking on that visit with a record of "1-6 or something like that."

Marshall also remembers fondly the red-eye flight back to Ottawa.

Yesterday, he recalled how fullback Jim Reid had made a pre-game deal with GM Don Holtby.

"If we win, you buy the drinks on the way home," Reid told Holtby. Said Marshall: "Don knew what our record was, so he said, 'Sure, no problem.' He kept his promise. It was a good night for the Rough Riders."

BRIEFLY: C George Hudson says the Renegades O-Line is not going to be a problem some think it will be. "With Val (St. Germain), myself and Pascal (Cheron) in the middle, I think it will be among the best middles in the league," said Hudson. "Obby (Khan) will be fine at tackle and Reggie (Nelson) is a very good player. I'm looking forward to seeing him play." Nelson, an import who was scheduled to start at left tackle before spraining his ankle, will be replaced tonight by Marc Parenteau, who hasn't played a regular-season game since he was a Boston College Eagle in 2002. Hudson believes Parenteau will fill the void capably ... The starting two offensive tackles for the Eskimos used to be in Ottawa. Gigantic former Nebraska Cornhusker Patrick Kabongo, who was dealt to Edmonton along with Clinton Wayne last season for a couple of draft picks, makes his first start on the right side. The left tackle is Bruce Beaton, a former Rough Rider ... The Eskimos will be without DL Steve Charbonneau (knee) and Ottawa native Randy Spencer (shoulder). They are also missing OL Chris Morris (ankle).


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