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Why did the Algonquin Loggersports Team and Touchdown Horse get banned from the Grey Cup?

By Tim Baines, Postmedia Network

After every Redblacks touchdown- members of the Algonquin College Loggersports Team cut a 'wood cookie' from a log in the end zone. The cookie- branded with the team logo- is presented to a special recipient at the game.

After every Redblacks touchdown- members of the Algonquin College Loggersports Team cut a 'wood cookie' from a log in the end zone. The cookie- branded with the team logo- is presented to a special recipient at the game.

Blame the horse ... and the facility.

A CFL decision to banish Quick Six, the Calgary Stampeders’ Touchdown Horse, and the Algonquin Loggersports Team, which cuts out a wood cookie after each Ottawa Redblacks touchdown, from the sidelines during Sunday’s Grey Cup was made after a request by BMO Field.

Initially, I wasn’t sure what to make of it,” said Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group president of sports Jeff Hunt. “I’m told it’s not a CFL decision per se. Although the Loggersports were tight, perhaps it could have worked. But the bigger issue was the horse. I know they did not want the horse on the field for whatever reason. I think the CFL felt if the Calgary Stampeders can’t have their horse, then it’s probably not fair for Ottawa to have its touchdown celebration part. I think they were just trying to be fair.

We’re not disadvantaged in any way. But it’s nice to bring teams’ traditions to the Grey Cup. We all know what happened last year – it was an unfortunate outcome.”

Ah yes, last year in Winnipeg. After being told by the CFL that there was no issue with the Loggersports Team, the Edmonton Eskimos, the Redblacks’ opponent in the 2015 Grey Cup, lodged a complaint, saying they did not want the loggers on the sidelines. The CFL reversed its decision and told the Redblacks to keep the loggers away.

After that, ironically enough, all teams voted to preserve and promote teams’ touchdown celebrations or traditions at the Grey Cup.

We would have loved to have (had the Loggersports Team) there, but this is the reality,” said Hunt.

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