'Joe Mama' is still loved

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

Joe Paopao has got a job.

He is the domestic co-ordinator for the next little while his wife Dotti recovers from back surgery.

The former Renegades coach enjoyed a night out last night and received the warmest reception from the crowd at the Ottawa Sports Celebrity Dinner.

"I'm Joe Mama right now, doing the laundry and other stuff and I'm cool with that," said Paopao.

Paopao has been contacted by one CFL general manager assuring him a job is waiting if needed, but Paopao is biding his time until the CFL playoffs are over.

HULLS ON HAND

Paopao's reception was a nice moment at the annual dinner which featured Dennis Hull as the master of ceremonies and Bobby Hull as the keynote speaker.

Also on hand were Senators general manager John Muckler and Ottawa 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea

"Maybe I'll see if Brian will let me go behind the bench with him and see how a Hall of Famer does it," said Paopao.

"I'll be coaching somewhere next year. We'll just have to wait and see where it will be."

Dennis Hull had a bunch of good lines including this one: Hull said like most people, he's put on a little weight lately. He got lost on the way here and asked a guy, "How do you get to 417?" The answer: "Lose 20 lbs."

The first annual Brian Kilrea Award, recognizing contribution and commitment to the community, went to Senators president Roy Mlakar.


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