Ok so I flipped the coil. When I flipped it, I moved the ground straps to "follow" the side that they were originally attached to.
So for example, there is a blue strap that is soldered to one side of the coil that is then grounded on one of mounting screws, and a brown strap that is mounted to the other side. When I flipped the coil reverse, those followed the side they were originally attatched to.
result: no spark