Well, here we are again in the big game. A few things are different this time. It's good to be at a neutral site this time rather than enemy territory. And I'm sure the players have enjoyed getting to practice indoors rather than practice in the very cold conditions they practiced in last year. And perhaps most importantly, it seems that this team isn't happy just to be there, unlike what seemed to be the case last year. The Riders just seemed to want the win more. But I'm getting the impression that this Ticat team wants the Grey Cup win much more than they did last year. You may recall the team not getting that excited about winning the EDF game.
I don't think the fingerprints from a single player on the team are on that trophy in front of them. It's the Grey Cup that they are after.
Both teams would be disappointed to lose this one. They are the two teams that lost the previous two Grey Cup games. So both teams have players who are experienced in these games. Although the QBs for each team are each making their first Grey Cup start, an interesting fact is that they were both backup QBs for different teams at the 100th Grey Cup. Collaros and Mitchell are considered good young QBs who have bright futures ahead. These two being the starting QBs for this game may be seen as a reflection of how a new generation of QBs is taking over.
How will this game go? Some have predicted that Calgary will win in a blowout. And that's despite the fact that no team has had an easy time beating this Ticat team since that Grey Cup rematch in week one. The two games between these two teams were close ones. And Collaros did not play in either of those games. However, Cornish did not play in either of those games either. But is this not the league's best defence against the run he'll be going up against? After seeing Sheets get so many rushing yards against our D in last year's Grey Cup game, I sure hope not to see anything like that again. But I'd like to see the offence keep the Calgary offence off the field. Grigsby impressed against Montreal, and hopefully he'll do that against Calgary.
A lot is being said about how the Stamps need to keep Banks from getting big returns. But Sinkfield is another speedy WR/KR to watch for.
I can see this game going either way, and I don't expect Calgary to win in a blowout as some others do. I don't expect this to be like last year's Grey Cup. It could be like 1986, when the Ticats took on a heavily favoured Alberta team at BC Place, and proved many wrong about who would blow out who. It could be like the 1989 and 1998 Grey Cups, in that the Ticats lose a close one. But I'd like to see it be like 1999, when this Ticat team defeated Calgary in that same building.
In this league, the goal is to win the Grey Cup. Will this team get that done tonight? Could this be the night we've been waiting for for the last fifteen years? Could it be?