Greatest Grey Cups #1

So here is a start of polls for the week. Will try to post at least 1 every day (maybe 2 if there is a big leader in the first) to decide some of the best games. If participation is high enough I may continue during the off season (but probably not daily). Also, if the new polls seem to come at a weird time of day it is because I am in New Zealand :stuck_out_tongue:

For the first poll I included 10 from this National Post article ... ll-time-is (10 is the max I can include). Since none since that was conducted since then seemed as memorable I didn't include any others. Let me know which I should add for the next poll.

1989: "The Kick" Saskatchewan beats Hamilton 43-40

2009: "The 13th Man" Montreal beats Saskatchewan 28-27

1976: "The Catch" Ottawa beats Saskatchewan 23-20

1962: "The Fog Bowl" Winnipeg beats Hamilton 28-27

1994: "Canada vs USA" BC beats Baltimore 26-23

1987: "Gizmo's Return" Edmonton beats Toronto 38-36

1996: "The Snow Bowl" Toronto beats Edmonton 43-37

1954: "The Fumble" Edmonton beats Toronto 26-25

2005: "Double Overtime" Edmonton beats Montreal 38-35

1961: "Overtime" Winnipeg beats Hamilton 21-14

I'm obviously biased here, but I always wondered how a 35-yard field goal in a domed stadium can be called "The Kick." It was certainly "a" kick, and a clutch kick. But shouldn't "the" kick be reserved for something a little more ... challenging?

For example, Osbaldiston's 54-yarder in the 1998 EDF: [url]- YouTube

How the heck does the 1972 Grey Cup not make this list?

no kidding.
a Hamilton victory on a game winning FG by rookie PK Ian Sunter with no time left on the clock and a rookie QB (Ealey) who won GC MVP honors and drove the Cats from their own 15 yard line in the dying seconds to set up the winning FG.

It is a travesty to leave this off the list of all time greatest GC games.

Is it perhaps more than just coincidence that Saskatchewan games are listed on top. Why wouldn't you list the choices in some chronological order?

I would have included 72 and 88.

Both those were great games.

Just because a GC is low scoring , does not indicate it was bad.

I just listed them in order from first to worst on the National Post article I posted. Keep in mind there was fan voting in that.

I am only 22. The first Grey Cup I have clear memories of in 05, so my primary source for older than that games was the article I posted. My list of ones to add (in no particular order) is 66, 77, 91, 57, 81, 68, 50, 65, 82, and now that you mentioned them 72, and 88

How did the 1935 Grey Cup not make the list?
Disgraceful .
That game was a beauty.

Great thread and poll :thup: especially considering your young age. It's nice to see the younger generation take note of the CFL's rich history and to take an interest in following the league. :smiley:
By the way,just a small correction here but the 1954 Grey Cup " The Fumble " was between Edmonton and Montreal not Toronto other then that keep up the great work. :slight_smile:

Too true! The pre-Blue Bombers "Winnipeg 'Pegs" led by Fritzie Hanson was the first western Canadian team to win the Grey Cup.

I'm shocked that you wouldn't have picked the 1961 game as the greatest, with Kenny Ploen scampering in to take the only Grey Cup won in overtime (no shoot-out).

Right you are. Explanation required: 1958, '59, '61, and '62 were all the "best" Grey Cups in my view, but 1935 really should have been on the list.

Another Grey Cup which one could argue should be considered was the 1948 game which is generally considered the game that put the Grey Cup on the map nationally. It also capped off the only undefeated season in the professional era as the Stampeder's finished the season with only a tie preventing them from being perfect.

It is so difficult to compare era's, whether talking teams or players. A number of years ago a panel was chosen to choose the top CFL players of all time which Doug Flutie was handily chosen as the number one pick. A friend of mine was on that panel and he said that although Flutie won by a large margin, the panelists who were old enough to have seen Jackie Parker in his prime picked Parker over Flutie by a wide margin.

There has been some interesting discussion in this thread and it really shows that depending on where and when you watched. Take for instance Hockey, talk to a fan in the 50's and a strong argument would be made that Rocket Richard was the greatest player ever, a fan in the 70"s would likely pick Bobby Orr and a fan in the 90"s Gretzky. It all depends on your personal perspective.

What I liked about that era was that guys like Jackie Parker were "football players" as opposed to being locked into roles as "positional players." Jackie Parker, you could line him up anywhere in the backfield, as a defensive back, a kick returner, or even a kicker. Man, they really had to play the GAME then, not just the position. In some ways Doug Flutie reminded me of that kind of throwback player. I think one of his last acts as a pro ball player was a successful dropkick .... the first in like 50 years or so...

Right and Kenny Ploen fits right into that mode. I can think of only two players who were all-stars on both offense and defense. One being Ploen and the other being Garney Henley. Either would get serious consideration from me for the greatest of all time, certainly both should be in the top 10.

One other player comes to mind is QB/DB - Jerry Keeling who had an outstanding CFL career.

Great player as well, I don't think he ever was an offensive all-star but certainly was outstanding on both sides of the ball.

One other player that you both overlooked was the Late Great John Barrow of the Ti-Cats who still holds the record for most All-Star selections in CFL history.He was also chosen as Lineman of the century in the CFL, Barrow was voted an All-Star record 16 times in his 14 year career on both sides of the ball the D-Line as well as the O-Line.

Here is his Bio from

The one that started it all 1909.