RedBlacks preview for 2014 CFL season

Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris talks to coaching staff during the first half of their...

Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris talks to coaching staff during the first half of their pre-season CFL football game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Regina, June 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 AM ET

The good news: An Ottawa CFL team hasn't lost a regular-season game since 2005.

The bad news: Ottawa hasn't won one, either.

After eight years in mothballs and a legal battle to get construction of a spruced-up stadium in place (work didn't begin until late in 2012), the CFL lives again in Ottawa with the RedBlacks.

If exhibition-game showings (a 21-17 loss to Saskatchewan and 26-10 win over Montreal) are any indication, this won't be your typical expansion franchise. They've got a good mix of young players and veterans.

"People are saying we're an expansion team and all that junk," said quarterback Henry Burris. "We have no idea what team that is. A number of guys here have played with winning organizations. That's the type of attitude that's being instilled here. We're working hard to give ourselves a chance to win the Grey Cup."


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