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Re-imagining the CFL: Ottawa Redblacks

Published: Tuesday, May 12th 2020, 3:05am

by Greg McCulloch (@GregOnSports)


Ah 2020, we all have a little extra time on our hands right now. We are all trying to keep busy, and with the CFL season all but cancelled trying to fill the void where training camps should be.

Being a self professed logo snob, I decided to challenge myself and redesign the entire CFL. 9 teams, 3 uniforms (home, away, and third), 27 different uniforms in total.

I also followed the CFL guidelines and used one helmet shell per team. Which means one helmet colour, but means I can change the decals if need be. Sorry, Stamps fans there is no colour fade helmet in this project either.

The order of unveiling is how the 2019 regular season standings shook out, and we are going from the worst record to the best.

I would like to thank the fans and players that I showed my initial concepts too. As a Rider fan I wanted to make sure I was capturing the spirit of their team.





My Ottawa Vision Board


Ottawa was an interesting one to put together. While they are the youngest franchise in the league, if you include both the Renegades and the Rough Riders, there is a long football history to honour in the nations capital.


Home Uniform:


Redblacks Home Uniform


The first thing I decided was the R had to be a bigger part of the overall look.

The REDBLACKS ownership were not going to give up till they got an R name just so they could put an R on the helmet, but the problem is they shrunk it and put it a barely visible sawblade. So let’s ditch the sawblade on the helmet.

Since I ditched the sawblade on the helmet, let’s have fun with the leg stripe and add a bucksaw blade.

Took the numbers back to a simple collegiate style that would make Russ Jackson proud.

Black jersey with white pants and red stripes screams “Ottawa football”


Away Uniform:

Redblacks Away Uniform

The away is also a simple white uniform with one colour digits and black and red sleeves.

Pants are black with the same striping as the white pants.


Alternate Uniform:

Redblacks “Lumberjack” Alternate

The Alternate is inspired by the Reebok signature series uniform, but with some esthetic changes.

Gone is the giant “Superhero” sawblade from the front, replaced with a simple logo above white numbers, with a black outline so the press guys can read them better from the booth.

Instead of a patch of plaid on the sleeves, we take the plaid across the shoulders.


Would love to see your feedback below or on twitter at @GregOnSports or @PifflesPod.



Ottawa Redblacks May 12

Toronto Argonauts May 19

BC Lions May 26

Edmonton Eskimos June 2

Montreal Alouettes June 9

Winnipeg Blue Bombers June 16

Calgary Stampeders June 23

Saskatchewan Roughriders June 30

Hamilton Tiger-cats July 7



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