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The Riders declined and became uncompetitive during the 1910s, attributed to the First World War, and the lure of salaries in professional ice hockey meaning athletes chose hockey over football in Ottawa. Brigids, which played in the Ottawa City league, and later the Ontario league, was developing top talent. Mc Caffery would be a member of the Riders executive for several decades.
During the decline of the Riders, another Ottawa team, Ottawa St. The team won the Grey Cup in 19, a time when they were known as the Ottawa Senators.
The club adopted the name Ottawa Rough Riders on Friday, September 9, 1898 and changed its team colours to red and black.
Since then, red and black have been Ottawa's traditional sporting colours.
Although in later years the name was said to derive from logging, the team based its colours on Teddy Roosevelt's regiment in the Spanish–American War, which, with the date of the renaming, suggests that the name also comes from the war.
The team changed its nickname to Ottawa Senators from 1925 to 1930.
The Riders defeated the Toronto Argonauts in the final two games of the Big Four schedule to deny Toronto the Big Four championship, and the Argonauts protested that Berry was not who he said he was.In 1925, Ottawa defeated three-time defending champion Queen's in the Eastern semi-final.Ottawa then defeated Winnipeg 24–1 in the championship, held in Ottawa, and defeated Toronto Varsity 10–7 in Toronto in 1926.The team progressed to the Eastern final against the Sarnia Imperials.The Imperials won the game 26–20 in a frozen battle held at Toronto's Varsity Stadium.
The Riders won the 1942 ERFU title over the Argonauts, but again lost to the Blue Bombers in the Canadian final, 18–16 at Varsity Stadium.