All this talk and all
these words written about a Calgary
horse that runs along the sideline every time they score a touchdown! Even when
they did score, the horse had been put out to pasture.
At that stage of the
game, the fat lady had sung, folded up her musical score, and was in the
parking lot. The one hundredth Grey Cup game was no contest.
Argonauts defeated the Calgary
Stampeders in all aspects of the game. The final score was 35-22 in favour of
the Argos. From
the opening kickoff, the outcome was never in doubt.
Many observers sensed
a significant difference in the intensity on the benches. Normally, Coach
Hufnagel will muster up a mean emotional tirade or two. But he was subdued,
quietly witnessing the game on the Calgary
sidelines. On the opposite side of the field, Coach Milanovich was his normal,
Hufnagel and Milanovich-Pre Game.
co-ordinator, Chris Jones, supplied enough energy for both of them. Jones, as
you may recall, came over to the Argos
from the Stamps at the beginning of the season. The Argos were nicked five grand for tampering in
this case. In the second quarter, Jones bounded from the sidelines on to the
field as his defensive crew stifled a Calgary
attack which resulted in a turnover on downs.
terribly kaleidoscopic in perspective, here are a few other observations and
The city truly took
to the whole celebration of the 100th Grey Cup. From the shores of Lake Ontario
north to the 401, the place was a party. There was a magical parade before the
game, led by Russ Jackson and Doug Flutie. If you happened to be in the right
place at the right time, you were issued yellow gloves and then you got to carry the Grey Cup! Very
The Gifkins Family-All the way from Trenton!
Front Street was
closed from University to the Rogers
Centre. A stage was set up, and fine bands played all day until the game began.
In the bowels of the Convention Centre, down several trips down an escalator,
fans gathered in expensive lounges to prepare for the game. Burton Cummings belted out tunes that the
fans wanted to hear. (Critics felt that he screwed up the National Anthem. I
disagree. The noise was so deafening at the beginning of the game that old Burt
could not hear the good Canadians singing along with him, at a slightly faster
pace. He just couldn’t keep up!)
Canadian Rock Legend Burton Cummings
Joanne Hurst and Mike "Pinball" Clemons
Sitting quietly on
the side of the room was a group in front of a banner entitled “Legends”. I
introduce myself to Whit Tucker. He told me he was lucky to have played for the
Riders when Ron Lancaster and Russ Jackson were at the helm. He’s a Hall of
Fame member who caught two touchdown passes in the 1966 Grey Cup game. Chuck
Ealey led the Hamilton
Tiger Cats to a Grey Cup victory in 1972.
Chuck Ealey-Grey Cup Winner 1972
The Stamps ran Jon
Cornish at the holes that were often wide open during the season. Not to be
last Sunday. Quarterback Kevin Glenn was rushed the entire day, threw some bad
passes, didn’t get the job done. Chad
Kakkert got he job done for the Argos,
and was the game’s most outstanding player. Ricky Ray more than proved his
worth for the Double Blue.
the Stamps were the more penalized team in the game. The Argos were the most penalized team in the
league, all season. They wore halos on Sunday. On one play, the Stamps crowded
the Argo punt returner, then shoved him out of bounds at the end on the play.
That cost them thirty yards, way too dumb.
From Seat # 92-Justin Bieber at Half Time!
Add Justin Bieber,
Gordon Lightfoot, Kathleen Edwards, April Wine, Matthew Good, Carly Rae Jepsen,
and Johnny Reid to the mix. A fine Canadian party!
The Argo brass hopes
to carry the momentum into the 2013 season. That would be a great bonus to the
league as well. And with the Ottawa
franchise ready to take flight, there could be another Eastern franchise on the
With Alex Williams-Row 120-Fourth Quarter!
For all concerned, a
job very well done.