Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Henry Burris and the rest of the
Eskimos knocked off their provincial
arch rivals, the Edmonton
Stampeders to play in the final game of the Canadian Football League. The score
was 45-31. That means that there were eighty points scored by the winning
There should be fireworks this Sunday in
the Grey Cup host city. One factor that
may keep the scoring down would be the weather. Everyone knows that it can be
cool in the winter in “Winterpeg”. Hold your toque tightly if you venture near
the corner of Winnipeg
and Portage Main. Many Grey Cup games have been
played in dreadful conditions. Cold weather is inevitable.
I am now advising you to get your tickets for next season’s games in
soon as they become available. They will sell out for every game. More than 25
000 fans enjoyed the game against Hamilton, right up to the final seconds.
Hamilton scored to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, and most of us
suspected that we would see overtime. Not so fast, Myrtle! Ottawa
Henry tossed a bomb downfield to one of his trusty receivers. Greg Ellingson made an improbable catch, watched one defender collapse beside him, and outran the rest of the weary Ticats to score the final touchdown. Announcers indicated that it was one of the most dramatic catches in CFL history. Burris had three other receivers who had put up big yardage over the season, more that a thousand yards each.
After all, the Canadian game favours the forward pass. We get three downs to make the ten yards necessary to get another first down, as opposed to the American game. Our field is longer and wider, and our end zones are enormous in comparison to those south of the border.
In 1981, the
Rough Riders lost in the Grey Cup to these same Eskimos. Warren Moon was at the
helm for the Ottawa
team at that time. He went on to have a storied career in the NFL, leading to
his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame. Edmonton
was coached by Hugh Campbell at that time. Hugh’s son Rick was ten years old at
that time. He is now the head coach of the Red/Blacks! Edmonton
It had been 32 years since the last playoff game in
and the fans were ready for the experience. The entire area around Ottawa has been spruced
up to accommodate sports fans. There are fine restaurants, and wide open spaces
where fans congregate before the games. There is a wonderful pre-game
experience that I know you will enjoy next season. If you wear your red and
black lumberjack shirt, you will fit right in. Lansdowne
After the game, you are welcome to go down onto the field for a meet and greet with other fans, and the players. It is a real treat to share moments with the players, particularly after a victory!! This would never happen in the National Football League.
Fasten up those chin straps. Put on an extra pair of long johns, if you are heading to
Game time: . A
great |Canadian tradition! Winnipeg