Friday, November 27, 2009

Cup Runneth Over

This is a league of A's and BC's.

A league filled with Green. And Gold. Red. Black and Blue.

This is a league of many official languages. And unofficial languages.

A league of Lancasters, and Jacksons. Faloneys and Forzanis. Dipietros and Dalla Rivas.

Pringles, Passaglias and Poplawskis.

It's East versus West.

Prairie versus Concrete Jungle

Wheat versus Iron.

It's a league filled with ice, fog, mud and wind.

A league armed with with Ploens, Moons, Rockets and Gizmos.

A league as diverse as a country.

And for one Sunday in November its a nations glue.

The Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders will square off in the 97th Grey Cup this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.

This will be a history making game.

The Roughriders and Alouettes have never met for the Grey Cup. In fact, the Roughriders, once a league doormat, will be making only their eighth Grey Cup appearance since 1948, while the Alouettes are appearing for the seventh time this decade.

The Al's are the distinct favorites for the Grey Cup contest, but with the game being played at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, the Roughriders become the home team. Expect to see a lot of Rider Green in the stands on Sunday.

Who will win?

That question will be the subject of conversations from Newfoundland to British Columbia all weekend.

From where we sit at TSB, the smart money is on A.C.

"Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."

p.s... The City of Moncton will be well represented this weekend in Calgary with
Mayor George LeBlanc and Ian Fowler, the city's general manager of recreation, parks, tourism and culture, hobnobbing with the powers-that-be. Moncton will play host to a CFL regular-season game next September featuring the Toronto Argonauts in front of a sellout crowd of 20,000 at the new Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium. The Argos opponent and the actual date for the game won't be known until the league finalizes next season's schedule early in the new year. CFL commissioner Mark Cohon expects the Moncton game to be like a mini Grey Cup with a real festival atmosphere.

Moncton is looking to host one CFL regular season game per year for the next five seasons. It's anyone's guess whether that could lead to an Atlantic Canadian franchise some day.

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