Unless you happen to be a fan of the Stampeders (and therefore a terrible person with questionable decision making for spending this morning reading a Rider blog) its the saddest Monday on the calendar. It signifies no more Canadian football until May. For Montreal and Toronto fans its a bit easier to take because they've been dealing with this feeling since the early fall.
Sunday all the collective "anybody but Calgary" wishing in Canada was not enough to keep Calgary away from the Cup for a third straight year... mainly because Ottawa seemed intent on making sure that didn't happen. Calgary played a decent (not great) game but won the ever important "screw up the least" battle. And its not like they didn't screw up. For a while it looked like no one wanted to win the game.
Ottawa just made too many mistakes. Punting to the middle of the field in the dying seconds of the half. Fumbling. Passing the bulk of their second half offense on failed attempts to chuck it deep. They also sent three man rush far too much (god I'm even stuck saying this in games not involving Chris Jones). The book on Bo is you need to pressure him to fluster him. Sending minimal pressure is curiously deciding to play into his strengths.
Credit to the Stamps (pauses to vomit). They was likely the least stacked roster they had in the past 3 Cups but it was the one that made enough plays to get it done. It is reassuring that the "weaker" East division finally didn't win the Cup.
The offseason may be upon us but don't go anywhere. I will have insight, analysis and a bunch of filler that may of may not be funny to help get you through the long months ahead. It all starts next Monday with the Annual Rider Prophet Awards.
Other random thoughts:
- The dude in the Reklaws' pants were tighter than the chicks... by a wide margin.
- Shame that the biggest game of the year was played on such a crappy field surface. I hope future Grey Cup bids require a contingency plan to ensure the big game showcases the best of Canadian football not Ice-capades.
- I thought the half time show was pretty solid given that I'd never heard the performer before.
- Trevor Harris apparently used up all his good play last week.
Bo's first interception was a beautiful thing to watch live - right in the same corner that ended the game last year. I guess Ottawa decided that turning the ball over was the key to victory so they should 'beat' Calgary at that part of the game?
Agreed about the turf. The temperature in the stands was fantastic compared to the last time the Cup was hosted by Edmonton but if that translates to Football On Ice something needs to be done.
Calgary can't lose them *all*, sadly. Bring on 2019!
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