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Sunday, November 26, 2017

TORONTO ARGONAUTS CAPTURE 105TH GREY CUP


OTTAWA - Lirim Hajrullahu dealt the Calgary Stampeders another stunning Grey Cup defeat.

Hajrullahu's 32-yard field goal with 53 seconds remaining earned the Toronto Argonauts a stunning 27-24 win over Calgary on a snowy Sunday night in the CFL championship game. It marked the second straight year the Stampeders had posted a CFL-best record during the regular season, only to be upset in the biggest game of the year.

Calgary, which registered a 15-2-1 record in 2016, dropped a stunning 39-33 overtime decision last year to an Ottawa Redblacks team that finished the regular season with an 8-9-1 mark. The Stampeders had a 13-4-1 record this year while Toronto finished atop the East Division at 9-9.

Toronto won its CFL-best 17th Grey Cup, and its first since beating Calgary 35-22 in 2012 at Rogers Centre.

"We got to the fourth quarter, that was our goal - to get to the fourth quarter and be in a competitive game against a really good football team,'' Argonauts coach Marc Trestman said. "And not that we underestimated ourselves, we thought we could compete with them, but we knew that we needed to keep it close in the fourth.

"We had some luck along the way but we also had some bad luck. We were able to pick up a fumble and run with it and go on for a drive and get some points. Our sideline was business-like, so to speak. It was emotional but it was business-like.''

Calgary looked poised to at least force overtime before veteran Matt Black intercepted Bo Levi Mitchell in the end zone with eight seconds left before a TD Place Stadium sellout of 36,154.

"Couldn't finish the deal,'' Stampeders coach Dave Dickenson said. "It's heartbreaking, it really is. There's nothing I can do about it at this point for our guys. I love 'em, but it's a heartbreaker.''

Among those braving the elements were CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who sat together.

Toronto used the big play to earn its first Grey Cup win in five years, which ironically against Calgary at Rogers Centre. The Argos pulled even 24-24 at 10:25 on Cassius Vaughn's 110-yard fumble recovery TD and Declan Cross's two-point convert, stunning the TD Place Stadium sellout of 36,154.

In the first half, Ricky Ray hit DeVier Posey on a Cup-record 100-yard TD strike against a Calgary team that had beaten Toronto eight straight games. Ray set another record by winning his fourth Grey Cup as a starting quarterback.

"That sounds pretty good. Obviously that's for myself to celebrate,'' Ray said. "I'm just so happy with these guys on this team and what we've been through this year. Man, there's no other way to finish it off than with a Grey Cup. I mean, these guys are such great guys.''

Posey, with 102 yards on seven receptions, was named the game's most valuable player.

The white stuff start falling roughly two hours before kickoff, lightly at first before steadily increasing. Toronto running back James Wilder Jr., the CFL's top rookie and a Tampa native, was undeterred as he did pre-game laps on the field shirtless as the game-time temperature was -3 C.

The weather forced the cancellation of the pre-game flyover of two CF-18 Hornets. During each play stoppage stadium employees shovelled the yard lines while two snow plows cleared the hash marks.

At halftime, two full-sized plows helped clear the field prior to country star Shania Twain's performance. The multiple Grammy Award winner arrived on a dog sled before starting her snowy three-song set.

The winter wonderland evoked memories of the '96 Snow Bowl in Hamilton, a game that saw Toronto beat Edmonton 43-37 in blizzard-like conditions. On the second play from scrimmage, Argos' defensive tackle Cleyon Laing did a belly slide after sacking Mitchell.

A play later, Toronto's Armanti Edwards fumbled a punt that teammate Marcus Ball recovered as Calgary handled the snowy conditions much better in surging to a 17-8 half-time lead.

The snow tailed off to start the second half and Toronto, reportedly changing its footwear, responded with an eight-play, 71-yard scoring march capped by Wilder's two-yard TD run and another Cross two-point convert at 4:09 that cut Calgary's lead to 17-16.

But the Stampeders countered with Mitchell's six-yard TD pass to Jerome Messam at 8:56 - following a successful pass interference challenge - to go back ahead 24-16.

Messam, from Brampton, Ont., had two touchdowns and was named the game's most valuable Canadian. Kamar Jorden had Calgary's other touchdown. DaVaris Daniels added a two-point convert while Rene Paredes booted a field goal and convert.

(Canadian Press)
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OTTAWA - It was a fitting entrance for Canada's country music queen on Sunday's snowy Grey Cup.

Shania Twain entered a snow-covered TD Place Stadium on a dog sled for her halftime show at the CFL championship game, to the delight of a bundled up crowd of 36,000 football fans.

Conjuring images of Tina Turner with a head of big curls, and red fur coat and boots over a glittering red and silver catsuit, Twain opened with her 1998 hit ``That Don't Impress Me Much.''

Strutting the stage against a backdrop of red and white fireworks and spotlights, and under a blanket of falling snow, the 52-year-old from Timmins, Ont., performed three songs in all.

She sang ``Life's About to Get Good'' from her new album ``Now.'' Released in September, it's her first full-length album in 15 years, and fifth of her career.

She capped her show with her 1997 hit ``Man! I Feel Like a Woman!''

Twain, who's the top-selling female country artist of all time and a five-time Grammy award winner, is embarking on a cross-Canada tour in 2018.

Sunday wasn't her first football halftime show. She performed during the break of both the 2002 Grey Cup and the 2003 Super Bowl.

Canadian hip-hop artist SonReal performed in the pre-game show, while Toronto-based singing group Choir! Choir! Choir! led the crowd in the singing of O Canada.

(Canadian Press)

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's official the Calgary Stampeders Grey Cup kryptonite is the 1 yard line

Anonymous said...

Where’s all the whiny crybabies b*tching and moaning about a 9 - 9 team winning the grey cup???

Anonymous said...

Ba ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Oh Calgary. Thanks for the chuckle.

Anonymous said...

Didnt watch the game, but watched some highlites and opinions. This game apparently wasnt a coachs game of stragity, but rather a game where the weather elements played havoc and decided the outcome.

Anonymous said...

Just think I am just glad it wasn't the riders winning it

Anonymous said...

Yuk,Yuk Bo got greedy.

Andrew Wiens said...

Late in the fourth quarter I was starting to lose faith that the Stampeders would come through as the CFL's premier chokers, but fortunately they didn't disappoint in the end. Having a hard time deciding if my favorite moment this year was Bo Levi throwing a Grey Cup clinching pick or if it was Bo Levi throwing a pick 6 to Duron Carter - both extremely satisfying moments to watch.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to hear the Stamps excuses!

Anonymous said...

Ricky Ray has as many grey cups in his 15 or so years (4) as the Riders have in over 100 years!!!!

Anonymous said...

Bo Levi channels KG and heaves up game killing INT. Just 14 more years and Bo will be as insignificant as Glenn.

Anonymous said...

I saw god today, and he was wearing an Argo jersey!

Anonymous said...

Help, Help me, I can't stop laughing! Help!

Rafal said...

Congrats to the Argos, Great to see Chokepeders loss two in a row. OK WHERE IS CHRIS SCHULTZ?

Anonymous said...

If it wasn't for an illegal block on a punt return in 2014, Calgary would have choked away the last 4 grey cup appearances they had.

Stamps could be the Buffalo Bills of the CFL. Great until the big game.

Anonymous said...

It just got real windy here in Calgary shortly after the loss.

Must be from all the Stamp fans deflating heads.

Willie said...

You Damn Bonehead Jerks on here knocking the Riders and they weren't even in it. Hats off to both teams for a great show in such wintery conditions. It just shows you that records throughout the year mean nothing until you get to the Big Stage that is when everything counts. Argos probably averaged below 14,000 per game this year at home and they come out on top with the big win. Half time show was great and all in all it was a entertaining show.

Anonymous said...

memories of Pedersen's infamous play by play call #ShutYourMouthBo

Anonymous said...

The Stamps are my least favourite team by a longshot but that was as bad as too many men back a few years ago. Maybe worse. The Riders made 1 crucial error, the Stamps 2 with the fumble and the Endzone pic.. What the heck were they thinking? Absolutely gift wrapped the GC to the Argos..1 year is bad enough but 2 years in a row. This was worse that 2016. Good for them

Anonymous said...


How about Marquay McDaniel. Guessing Jones wants to sign him ASAP!

Anonymous said...

An obvious conspiracy by the league to have the argos win it, Alex Jones has footage of the commishiner talking to bo-levi during the halftime show.

Morgan said...

As a Saskatchewanian living in Alberta I couldn't have been more happy to see an Alberta team choke in the big game once again! Because that's what Alberta does best, LOSE!!! Suck on that you salty fools!

Anonymous said...

Stamps are a Twain wreck once again!

Anonymous said...

It's a conspiracy, Rod. Jorden's on the take & so is BLM.

Anonymous said...

Same amount of championships as Coach Chris Jones. Look for the Riders Grey Cup total to skyrocket over the next decade. Riders win three of the next five. You heard it here first.

Anonymous said...

How are things in Stampville tonight? That 4th Cup is the sweetest since he beat Bo Peep. Once again they come up short!

Anonymous said...

Marquee McDaniel throwing his teammate Kamar Jorden under the bus was so shameful. Has he never fumbled? Calgary's locker room clearly doesn't have the character to win championships. I'll take Kamar Jorden in Saskatchewan any day.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Riders were not even playing and stump fans are talking about them and their poor record. LOL talk about chokers LOL. Good to see Dick the Dick and BMB (big mouth bo)lose AGAIN. LOL Things are sure looking up for the CFL

Anonymous said...

How’s that for a 9 month rebuild, , I guess a hof quarterback does really make a difference.

Anonymous said...

I have not love lost for Calgary, he he. However, it is kind of sad that the last two Grey Cup Champions WOULD NOT HAVE MADE the playoffs in the West division. We beat the pads off each other out west all season, and some upstart east team gets hot in one home playoff game and are in the show. Time to scrap the divisions, at least for playoff seeds, if that happened, we would have hosted Toronto in round one...

Smitter

Anonymous said...

So now it's 3 Cups in 5 years? What happened to 2 cups his 1st 3 years? You've gone from last to 4th. Still 4 points out of 3rd. The Argos went from 5 wins to the Grey Cup. The differnce? Ricky Ray is the only QB starter in CFL history to win 4 Grey Cups, & did it with a 9-9 team. Glenn hasn't won anything. Unless Jones finds a QB in the never ending quest, you are what you are - a 4th place club.

Anonymous said...

Blow Levi and his merry band of chokers come through again and again...

mister winnipeg said...

I hate to say it but going 14-4 or whatever doesn't mean SFA unless you SEAL THE DEAL. Calgary was great but they could not beat the Argos in the game that mattered most. Calgary has been drifting since October while the Argos got better every week. That's why the Argos are the champs, case closed.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, that's the best you can do in your time of despair. The whole 4 cup thing. Sleep it off and try again after your shift at McDonald's is over.

Anonymous said...

Smitter: should've would've could've.......too bad so sad!!! Toronto would have beaten the Riders anyway no matter who hosted the game. Give it a rest, this Divisional thing happens all the time in other places/sports ie, Look at the NFL standings right now.....Kansas City in first place in their Division with a 6-5 record while other Divisions have teams with better records who would not even make the playoffs if they started today. I just knew the crybabies would come out once Toronto (and Ottawa) won the last 2 grey cups over "supposedly" better teams that choked (and that includes the Riders who choked in the Eastern final).

CM said...

Riders just need better quarterbacking then Glenn provides and they would have been champs this year. Team was good enough everywhere else. Ray is clutch. That last drive and sll those 2 pt converts including the last one no way Glenn gets that done. Either you got it or you don't.

Anonymous said...

I love it when the stamps implode. Plus the bickering in the locker room is funny too. Teeeheee. McDaniel throws his team mate under the bus......Singleton throws a few cheap shots at the TO players along the sideline and Messam throws a hissy fit and doesn't talk to the press. Cant wait til next year to see what master plan they come up with that year. By the way, where is horsey boy?? He seems to comment every 2 minutes about the riders or Jones, now he will be on the defense when rider fans pick at his team and how mismanaged they are. The tide has turned in a big way and hopefully it shuts Horsey Boy up.

Anonymous said...

ha ha have to love the BLM pregame interview where he says he wants to win 10 Grey Cups in 15 years.....hey Bo, how about just getting one. What a pompous a##!!

Anonymous said...

That collar around your neck looks good on you BO. What is that fake glass stitched in, because it sure isn't any diamonds. It is so good to watch such an arrogant football team lose not once but two years in a row by beating themselves.

Anonymous said...

I would love to talk trash about the Stamps but I want my team going for the win & not playing for the tie in the championship game every time. The Stamps are a great team and there is no reason not to believe they will back in the grey cup next year. It's easy to snicker at them losing but the program they have put in place in Calgary should be the envy of every team in the league not named ottawa or toronto (it's hard not to take a few digs...)

Anonymous said...

I agree with Andrew.Both of Bo's screw ups were satisfying to watch. Watching Bo throw a pick six to Carter during season and an interception with 8 seconds left. Only that one just cost them the cup because he got to greedy. Looks like Bo eats crow 2 years in a row in Stumps annual choke. Yes, it is true. If not for an illegal block in 2014, Stumps would be 0-4 in last 4 grey cups. Looks good on those cocky,arrogant bums. Oh.....and nice move McDaniel to throw your team mate under the bus. You are classless.