Monday, November 28, 2011

Grey Cup Finals

Amidst all of the great high school, college and NFL football games played over the long Thanksgiving Day weekend, you may have missed that on Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Canadian Football League's Championship game, the 99th Grey Cup, was being contested.

Now you may ask why I find this CFL game of interest so, let us flashback to Friday night, August 5, 2011 . . .

Grandpa and Kevin watching their
first football game together

The Tank was only two days old and an obscure regular season CFL game was on TV in Las Vegas, the British Columbia Lions (0-5) at the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-4). Still, it was football and it is never too early to start young boy on the road to football mania.

We watched as the winless Lions pulled off a 24-11 victory to finally enter the win column after six games. No big deal you would think.

Now, lets fast forward to yesterday and the . . .

2011 CFL Championship Game

So who was playing? It was . . .

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-8)
CFL Eastern Division Champions

The British Columbia Lions (12-7)
CFL Western Division Champions

Yes indeed, after that miserable 0-5 start to their season, the B.C. Lions went 12-2 to earn a spot in the Grey Cup.

Unfortunately, they had lost both games this season to the Blue Bombers by scores of 25-20 in Week #5 and again in Week #7, 30-17.

Sunday would be a different day for the streaking Lions as they dominated Winnipeg in winning the Grey Cup by a final tally of 34-23.

Was it a coincidence that the Lions fortunes changed drastically after Tank saw them play on that Friday night, his first ever football game?

Gibbs does not believe in coincidence and neither do I.

It was the sixth Grey Cup Championship in B.C. Lions' history having previously won it all in 1964, 1985, 1994, 2000 and 2006.

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