For the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League, the 2018 regular season was one that led to the team sitting atop the East Division with a record of 11-7, capped off with a 24-9 pounding of the Toronto Argonauts over the weekend. And how did the football team celebrate a trip to the playoffs? Well, by chugging beer, of course.
While the whole team might have celebrated after the victory, one lineman thought he’d get the party started a little early, on the field. After Ottawa scored a touchdown, 297-pound, massively bearded Jon Gott, an offensive lineman, ran over to his girlfriend in the crowd, grabbed a beer and absolutely annihilated it, with the cameras on him. Gott had to keep it as Canadian as possible, chugging a beer from Mill Street Brewery – a Toronto-based company that has been pumping out suds for more than a decade and a half. Gott admitted that he’d been planning the move with his girlfriend for the last four years.
Time for a cold one.
— Ottawa REDBLACKS-y (@REDBLACKS) November 3, 2018
“It was all in fun. It was the last regular-season game and hopefully I don’t get in trouble too much, but we’ll see,” the Edmonton native told Canada’s SportsNet after the game.
Can you imagine if this happened in the National Football League? Not only would he have gotten a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty during the game, but Gott also would have been fined $10,000-$15,000 within the next 24 hours. And it’s clear that was on his mind after his celebration, which we would love to see more of in professional sports, especially from an offensive lineman because their celebrations are usually the best.
Gott, who was not flagged because of his drinking, was also not fined by the commissioner of the CFL. Quickly, it became the talk of the league, with most other players admitting they liked what Gott did. Can you imagine what this burley man will do if Ottawa goes on to win the Grey Cup, which is the league’s version of the Super Bowl?
We smell a beer sponsorship in Gott’s future – you know what to do here Mill Street.