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Ottawa Redblacks chainsaw group gets axed from the Grey Cup

There's no room at BMO field for Ottawa's woodcutters or Calgary's horse.

The RedBlacks won their spot last Sunday in a game in Ottawa against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press

The RedBlacks won their spot last Sunday in a game in Ottawa against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Ottawa Redblacks fans won’t be hearing the roar of a chainsaw at the Grey Cup this weekend, no matter how many touchdowns the team scores.

Algonquin College's loggersports team – which celebrates Ottawa touchdowns by sawing wooden "cookies" off a log – isn't allowed on the sidelines of Toronto’s BMO Field because there isn't enough room.

But at least the playing field is level. Quick Six, the horse that stampedes down the field after each Calgary touchdown, will have to watch the game from his barn.

Algonquin College's community and student affairs manager says it's unfortunate the loggersports team can't take part in the game.

“Obviously we are disappointed that our loggersports team will not be allowed to participate in the Grey Cup this year," Jamie Bramburger said in an email.

"Loggersports is a unique varsity sport that we offer at our Pembroke campus and we’re proud of our partnership with the Redblacks."

Team members will still be cheering on the Redblacks, he said, just not in person or with their saws.

“Even though we will remain at home, we wish the Redblacks the very best of luck in Toronto this weekend.”

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