It wasn’t the game anybody expected. In fact, it was the second biggest upset right behind the recent Donal Trump presidential win. The Ottawa RedBlacks, a sub .500 regular season team, pulled off a major upset against the league’s leading Stampeders.
There are a lot of story lines at play in this Grey Cup, which by all accounts was one of the most entertaining in recent memory that required overtime to to find a winner, but only two stood out.
1. Credit where credit is due, Henry Burris played a phenomenal game and carried the team on his back. He was the story line, the MVP, and Grey Cup Champion. You can’t help but cheer for the guy and his win. Against all odds, he’ll go out (and yes he should retire) a champ.
2. The game was all Ottawa until the last minute and a half when Calgary actually turned the tables and had a chance to WIN. Here’s here things turned ugly, very very ugly.
Big shout-outs to all the winners at last night’s awards gala for CFL All-stars. Winners include:
- Coach of the Year: Dave Dickenson
- Most Outstanding Player: Bo Levi Mitchell
- Most Outstanding Rookie: DaVaris Daniels (and he missed half the season)
- Most Outstanding Lineman: Derek Dennis
- Most Outstanding Canadian: Jerome Messam
Congratulations! Now go win a Grey Cup!
Calgary 42 – BC 15
Rust or rest? That was the storyline before the game for the Calgary Stampeders. Having not played a meaningful game for 41 days, Calgary had plenty of time to plan, scheme, and develop rust. What they did instead was come crashing out of the gate to assert their dominance in the Wester Final.
The tone of the game was set right off the opening kick-off when returner Roy Finch bounced his way for a 46 yard gain, crushing Lions defenders in the process. You had the sense from that point on Calgary would be in control, and they were. 8 points off the opening drive, 3 unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter, and the Lions didn’t score their first point until the third quarter.
This was a dominant performance, but it all means nothing with one more critical game left to win–The Grey Cup.
Here’s the post game.
Kyries Hebert Continues High Hit Parade
A quick post-game summary from yesterday’s game. Montréal’s defense wins solid all night although you can only keep the Stamps at bay for so long before the damn cracks. What they didn’t receive was offensive help. The first points scored by Montréal we’re in fact off of a Bo Mitchell intentional grounding penalty which resulted in the safety. After that in the dying minutes the team managed to score a penalty aided touchdown. Kudos to Calgary’s D who were even stronger than the Alouettes.
Kyries Hebert, known around the league to end careers (a la Jon Cornish) with constant high hits, continued his infamous tackles. In a league where hits the the head are in theory being cracked down upon, this game was full of them.
Can’t believe marquay McDaniel got up from his head on head cracker late in the 4th. No penalty called.
Messam with only 9 carries on the nigh. Bo Mitchell with 256 yards passing in a full night’s work. We can expect him to play limited minutes as the team waits for the Western Divisional opponent come November (one month away).
Rene Peredes wasn’t an unusual one for three. Jamal Nixon what is in for the injured Roy Finch and had a couple of drops.
The D registered 10 (TEN) QB sacks.
How can I put this? Toronto is not a good team. Calgary is. The Stampeders manhandled the Argos in every way. IN the process they clinched a playoff spot. The team is dominant and are the run-away Grey Cup favorites. That’s about it for this post-game.
Notes: Marquay McDaniel disqualified in the second. Not sure why…. A paltry 14 thousand in attendance. The game was going to be postponed but ended up starting at the original time on account of the Jays. That’s why some missed the first TD (or the whole thing)…. MEssam with 133 yards rushing, wow. Daniels continues to shine with 126 yards receiving. The D with 6 QB sacks.
Next up, Montreal at home.
It took 60 minutes for the Calgary Stampeders to steal two points agains the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, in what many are now calling a Grey Cup preview. Mind you, if it wasn’t for an untimely fumble recovery for a TD late in the 4th quarter, this game was over in the first. Leading 30-14 going into the 4th quarter, Calgary looked to have the game in the bag, and as they turned down the gas, Winnipeg lit them up for 20 points in teh 4th, taking the lead for the first time with 16 seconds left to play. If it wasn’t for two clutch plays to find 34 yards, and a 52 yard Rene Peredes field goal with no time remaining, this could have been a heartbreaking loss instead of the 10th straight victory.
Here the post game summary:
There was no doubt this time, no extra series, no overtime, nothing to make you doubt from the very get-go the Calgary Stampeders were going to control this game. The last time the Stamps didn’t come away with a win was against the same RedBlacks team ten games ago. Since then, it’s been nine straight wins as the team asserts themselves as the clear Grey Cup favorite just past the mid-way point of the 2016 season. Being a Stamps fan now is fun, but everyone knows you can win all season long, but the last 3 games are the only ones that count.
Here’s the post-game.
Battle of Alberta Part 2
The Calgary Stampeders extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with a come from behind overtime victory. In the second instalment of the home-at-home series between the provincial rivals, the Stamps sit as a class of the league. You wouldn’t have noticed that in the first half, however. Edmonton made a statement by putting up 17 points and limiting the Calgary offence for the entire half.
Here’s the rest of the postgame summary: