Without playing, RedBlacks in first place

RedBlacks players practice for the first time Friday at their new home in Lansdowne Park. (Tony...

RedBlacks players practice for the first time Friday at their new home in Lansdowne Park. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:40 PM ET

OTTAWA - The records will show that on Canada Day, and through the first 48 hours of July, at least, the fledgling Ottawa RedBlacks held down first place in the CFL's East Division.

Of course, nobody should be setting off extra fireworks on Parliament Hill for that accomplishment, either.

While the RedBlacks had a bye in Week 1, all three of their divisional rivals laid eggs in games out west. A glance at the league standings sees 0-0 Ottawa as the only team this side of Winnipeg that does not have a record below .500.

In the nation's capital, where losing football has been an interrupted tradition spanning almost 40 years, something like that does not go unnoticed.

"We're developing a new strategy as to not play, and then you get first place," cracked RedBlacks head coach Rick Campbell after Monday's practice at TD Place. "We'll take 18 bye weeks if that happens."

If only it was that easy.


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