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Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:06 am

Calgary Stampeders vs. Toronto Argonaunts in the 105th Grey Cup. Will the Stamps hoist the Cup this year after blowing it last year ? Will 40 year old Ricky Ray lead his underdog Argos to a victory and retire as a champion ? Stampeders are early 7 point favourites.

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Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:23 am

Ricky Ray and the Argos seem to rise to the occasion when the GC is on the line. I will confidently predict a GC Victory for the Double Blue by 10 points or better.

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I don't see it. Calgary is a more complete team. They took their foot off the pedal towards the end of the season but you can be sure that they remember what happened last year. Also, unlike the Edmonton game, they won't be coming off weeks of inactivity like they did for the first part of that last game. I will take the Stamps by the same margin.
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:17 am

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I don't see it. Calgary is a more complete team. They took their foot off the pedal towards the end of the season but you can be sure that they remember what happened last year. Also, unlike the Edmonton game, they won't be coming off weeks of inactivity like they did for the first part of that last game. I will take the Stamps by the same margin.

That's what everybody thought last year too. Single game, sudden death always gets down to preparation, game planning, who gets the breaks and bounces and capitalizes on them. While it seems to get dismissed as a factor in these parts execution is crucial. Whoever does the better job of those things wins.
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:18 am
I don't see it. Calgary is a more complete team. They took their foot off the pedal towards the end of the season but you can be sure that they remember what happened last year. Also, unlike the Edmonton game, they won't be coming off weeks of inactivity like they did for the first part of that last game. I will take the Stamps by the same margin.

That's what everybody thought last year too. Single game, sudden death always gets down to preparation, game planning, who gets the breaks and bounces and capitalizes on them. While it seems to get dismissed as a factor in these parts execution is crucial. Whoever does the better job of those things wins.
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:49 am

And the first obvious Grey Cup fans I saw was a group of 4 Lions fans walking down Elgin Street in their orange coveralls and orange wigs. I saw Jamie Taras later on in Byward Market. It is early and my travels have amounted walking from my hotel down Elgin to Byward but so far counting myself I've seen 6 Lions fans, 1 Rider and 1 Bomber fan. Also got interviewed by CTV Ottawa as I was having lunch while checking out the Lowertown Brewery which will be hosting Spirit of Edmonton. This will be very much a different SOE as it normally is in a very large banquet room in a big hotel.
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Hambone wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:17 am
Sir Purrcival wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:18 am
I don't see it. Calgary is a more complete team. They took their foot off the pedal towards the end of the season but you can be sure that they remember what happened last year. Also, unlike the Edmonton game, they won't be coming off weeks of inactivity like they did for the first part of that last game. I will take the Stamps by the same margin.

That's what everybody thought last year too. Single game, sudden death always gets down to preparation, game planning, who gets the breaks and bounces and capitalizes on them. While it seems to get dismissed as a factor in these parts execution is crucial. Whoever does the better job of those things wins.
Same in 2004 and same in 2012. The Argo's seem to come through in the GC's.....

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Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:34 pm

Checked out this year's GC presser with the HCs. Interesting that Farhan asked DD about the OTT GC in 2004 and who should have started.

I may have forgotten this but Dave D said there was a fight on the team bus the day before the GC.

He said he should have started that game - laughing of course - and he said that Casey P was tossing underhand in practice. In seriousness he added that as a coach he wants to see in practice what the player is to deliver in the game (as a reference to someone tossing underhand in practice). I hadn't heard that stuff before.

They both spoke of how Marc T spoke to DD about coaching when the Lions cut him but he still wanted to play.

I'm not predicting a winner although I'd not argue with the odds of the Stamps winning.

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TheLionKing wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:06 am
Calgary Stampeders vs. Toronto Argonaunts in the 105th Grey Cup. Will the Stamps hoist the Cup this year after blowing it last year ? Will 40 year old Ricky Ray lead his underdog Argos to a victory and retire as a champion ? Stampeders are early 7 point favourites.
Last year they were 9.5 point favourites. Ottawa showed how you can get in BLM's head and leave him not sure what way is up. His body language betrayed how lost he was at times.

Ottawa also had done an excellent job in prepping and game planning. Plus they executed and out-hustled the Stamps, to my mind they clearly were ready to dig deep and not go down without a fight.

The Stamps as a whole seemed unprepared for the fight in the Redblacks. Will they make the same mistake twice. They sure could....

I am taking the Argos and have $ on it.

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Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:18 pm

No way the Stamps blow this for the second consecutive year, if they do then there are serious problems with that organization. Far too many great regular seasons for the past decade pretty much and not enough to show for it. If they don’t win this year, Hufnagel and Co. may be forever known as the group that had it all but was unable to finish far too many times. No way they would let that happen again.

Final score: Calgary 30 Toronto 17

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I don't recall any stories of a fight on the team bus on the way to the 2004 GC but it's common knowledge the 1994 Lions had a scrap on the bus to the game.
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Hambone wrote:
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I don't recall any stories of a fight on the team bus on the way to the 2004 GC but it's common knowledge the 1994 Lions had a scrap on the bus to the game.
Didn’t that 1994 team have a multitude of scraps?

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Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:26 pm

Since 2010, seven different teams have won the Cup. Only Winnipeg (losers in 2011) and Hamilton (losers in 2013 and 2014) haven't won the Cup in that span. On Sunday, either Calgary or Toronto will become the first team to win two Cups in this decade.
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:31 pm

Friendly wager between the mayors:

1. The losing mayor will contribute $5 for every point scored by the winning team to a food bank in the winning mayor’s city.
2. Losing mayor will also send the winning mayor a selection of local craft beer.
3. The losing mayor must wear the winning team’s jersey and read a poem written or selected by the winning mayor at their next city council meeting.
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Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:06 am

I thought we might see Andre Proulx again as Grey Cup referee but the league has chosen Dave Foxcroft as its highest-rated referee this year. This is reportedly his fifth Grey Cup but his first as referee.
OTTAWA – The Canadian Football League announced today the officiating crew that will work the 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw on Sunday, November 26th at TD Place.

This group of officials were the highest rated officials at their respective positions during the 2017 season.

2017 Grey Cup Officials:

Referee #30 Dave Foxcroft

Umpire #61 Patrick MacArthur

Head Linesman #25 Ron Barss

Line Judge #67 Justin McInnes

Side Judge #23 Dave Hawkshaw

Back Judge #75 Dave Gatza

Field Judge #22 Murray Clarke

Backup Referee #72 Al Bradbury

Backup Official #34 Ritchie Miller

Backup Official #19 Christopher Shapka

Backup Official #21 Don Carmichael
FOXCROFT LEADS CREW OF OFFICIALS NAMED FOR THE 105TH GREY CUP PRESENTED BY SHAW
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