The combatants for Grey Cup 102 are known. It will be the Hamilton Tiger-Cats versus the Calgary Stampeders in the big game as Kent Austin will try and win in Vancouver what he couldn't win in Regina last year. He can thank punt returner Brandon Banks for having one more game to play. That guy was unreal on Sunday. His second touchdown was just sick and really it should have been his third as one was called back due to penalty. Meanwhile, the Stampeders used some big plays to sink the Eskimos who were sunk when Mike Reilly's foot gave out late in the 4th. The Stamps will be heavily favoured as they should, but I'm guessing around these parts the Ti-Cats and Austin will be favoured.
Speaking of Grey Cups, I am guessing we aren't forgetting about this little event that occurred one year ago today....
I don't know about you, but I still get shivers watching that. I've watched that game four or five times now and I still think my favourite play in the game is the Durant fumble that Sheets snatches out of mid-air and runs with. There was no way the Riders were going to lose after that was there. Fast forward to present day and the body still hasn't cooled with everyone offering an opinion on everything Riders. It seems like the offseason from Grey Cup win to the start of this season was the off-season no one wanted to end and the off-season we are in now is one the Rider brass and many of the fans would like to end in a month so we could get going again.
Just some other odds and ends...
--Are we seeing a changing of the guard at the CFL's most important position? The final four quarterbacks last year were Darian Durant, Henry Burris, Ricky Ray and Kevin Glenn. Yesterday, it was Jonathan Crompton, Zack Collaros, Bo Levi Mitchell and Mike Reilly. Although, I think we all know Durant would have been part of the equation last year had it not been for what happened.
--How much longer can the Edmonton Oilers fanbase go before they see a team that is competitive. The excuse that was Friday's game against New Jersey and Saturday's debacle against Chicago has to be close to the last straw when it comes to Dallas Eakins. In fact, I was surprised Sunday morning to find out he hadn't been given the heave-ho. It goes higher than Eakins though. Kevin Lowe needs to be removed as quickly as possible. Its obvious he can't get the job done. Owner Daryl Katz must see this and with the team getting ready to move into a new building, the time is now to start showing Edmonton hockey fans there is a future to look forward to. The waiting is over. Who's kidding who, the coach on those Boston Pizza ads is a better motivator than Eakins.
--If this isn't one of the best smack signs ever, I don't know what is. It comes from a Texas high school football game over the weekend...
--OK, maybe its time to start noticing the Toronto Raptors.
--The whole Maple Leafs salute to the fans/not saluting the fans after the game is the biggest non-story out there. WHO CARES???
--Its sad that political correctness cost the PA Raiders their mascot after just one game. No one had a problem with "the Raider" 20 years ago when it donned their jersey. It just makes me shake my head.
--From the UFC, Paige Vanzant made her debut this weekend and it was a success. If you don't know who Vanzant is, you may want to. Why?
Ohhhhh. I don't know.
Giants receiver Odell Beckham had what might be the best catch I have ever seen. If you didn't see it, check this out and watch it over and over again.
Sorry Arizona, when you can go into CenturyLink Field and beat the Seahawks in a meaningful game, you've done something. You still have a ways to go to beat the champ! That effort by the Seahawks D shows they aren't ready to give up defending the crown.
The Atlanta Falcons just continue to make me scratch my head. It is just one brainfart after another with them and it will cost them a playoff spot or a playoff game. That is three games this year they should have won, but gassed it at the end.
Thanks to the Colts, I am still in both of my Survivor pools, I was hoping for help from Miami or the Rams, but both blew it in the end.
It was just a matter of time till Sting showed his head in the WWE. I thought it would be at Royal Rumble or this Monday's RAW. I thought Daniel Bryan would come back to surprise "The Authority" at Survivor Series, but nope. Was it at least a good PPV?
Fred Stamps says he has played his last game for the Eskimos. I am guessing the REDBLACKS have already contacted his agent.
There are Rider fans hoping the team throws great gobs of cash at Weyburn's Brett Jones who will be a free agent. Don't bother. If what I heard this weekend was correct and I'm guessing it is, he is off to the NFL with word around the campfire being the Patriots might have the best shot. Lets see where that goes.
Danny Macioccia is one win away from coaching a Grey Cup and Vanier Cup champ. How many times has that happened?
That's all I got. Enjoy your week!