Grey Cup Stuff!

I found this link.

It has been lost, forgotten, stolen, even held for ransom. Such is the colourful 90-year history of the Grey Cup.

The cup wasn't supposed to honour a football champion. The original plan called for it to be awarded annually to Canada's top senior hockey team, but Sir Montague Allan beat Earl Grey to the punch, issuing the Allan Cup. So Grey donated his trophy to recognize the Canadian rugby football winner.

Wally Buono and the Calgary Stampeders nearly added another wacky chapter to the Grey Cup's history in 1998. Hours after capturing the CFL championship trophy with a wild 26-24 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Stampeders almost left Winnipeg without the hallowed cup, which is valued at $53,000.

The Stampeders had returned to their hotel for a reception after the game. They later headed to the airport for their chartered flight home, only to realize the trophy had been left at the hotel.

As panic set in, salvation arrived in the form of the trophy, which someone had placed on a bus headed to the airport.

"There were so many people getting their picture taken with it (at the reception), so I left early to get the buses organized, assuming someone else would take care of it," Buono, who had signed for the cup on the club's behalf, said at the time. "All of a sudden, we don't know where it's at.

"Fortunately, when the third bus came, someone was smart enough to have put it on. It was a big relief."

The cup is insured, but whoever signs for it is responsible for its safe-keeping. If it is lost or irreparably damaged, that person is on the hook for its replacement value.

But the Stampeders' faux pas wasn't the first time the cup had been forgotten.

In 1964, the B.C. Lions sent someone back to their hotel to retrieve the cup after arriving at the airport empty-handed. And in 1984, hours after a team celebration, former Bombers general manager Paul Robson sheepishly returned to an empty Winnipeg Arena to find the trophy sitting on a table at centre ice.

Indianapolis Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt lost the cup in November 1997. Vanderjagt, who helped the Toronto Argonauts win consecutive CFL titles in 1996 and '97, took it to a bar in his native Oakville, where it was stolen.

Early the next morning, a college student who had reportedly joked she'd give $100 to have the cup in her apartment found it in her kitchen. Police were called and the trophy was returned to a relieved Vanderjagt.

It was also stolen in 1969 from Ottawa's Lansdowne Park and held for ransom. When the CFL balked, Toronto police found the cup in a hotel locker.

Other incidents:

The University of Toronto won the first Grey Cup championship in 1909. But the team didn't receive the trophy until the following March. They held on to the cup for two years, figuring they didn't have to return it until another team beat them for it. That happened in 1914 when the Toronto Argonauts captured the title. Since then, the winning team has made the trophy available to next season's champion.
In 1947, the cup was almost destroyed by fire while on display at the Toronto Argonaut Rowing Club. The office was gutted, but a slightly tarnished Grey Cup survived.
In 1987, the trophy was broken when a celebrating Edmonton Eskimo sat on it. In 1991, tape held the neck of the cup intact when it returned home with the Toronto Argonauts. And in 1993, it was again broken when Edmonton's Blake Dermott head-butted it.

How about these memorable as some of these Grey Cups?

1995: The Grey Cup went to an American-based team for the first time when the Baltimore Stallions beat the Calgary Stampeders 37-20 at Regina's Taylor Field. Baltimore's Carlos Huerta kicked the longest field goal in Grey Cup history with a 53-yarder.
1977: Montreal's Don Sweet kicked six field goals and scored the most points in a Grey Cup -- 23 -- in a 41-6 win over Edmonton.
1962: In the infamous Fog Bowl at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium, the game was called because of fog and then resumed the next day with Winnipeg edging Hamilton 28-27.
1957: In the first coast-to-coast television broadcast of the Grey Cup, Hamilton beat Winnipeg 32-7.
1940: The only two-game, total-point Grey Cup was played with Ottawa beating Toronto Balmy Beach 8-2 and 12-5.
1909: The Grey Cup was played in New York City's Van Cortland Park at the invitation of the New York Herald newspaper. The Hamilton Tigers downed the Ottawa Rough Riders 11-6 before 15,000 fans.

TWICE!!!!!!!! :lol:

lol. Good find RO.

the Grey was played for the frist time in the US??? huh?

If you think the Grey Cup has had some adventures.... you should see what the Stanely Cup has been through over the years.....

But that is an American trophy now, not as important as the GC!

SC will never be an All "American" cup.

Although every time an American team wins the Stanley Cup, the NHL gets happier and happier ... >:(

Neat stories about the Grey Cup tho. I suspect the 1909 bit about it being played in New York is a typo though ... wasn't the first one played in Toronto? Especially since the 1909 Grey Cup didn't feature the Hamilton Tigers and Ottawa Rough Riders?

Good point Cunuc!

someone also said that, but their post was deleted.

For along time, there was a shield on the cup that read Hamilton tigers 1908 Dominion champions. It was supposed to be ready for 1908 season, but the cup's creation was delayed. When Hamilton won the title in 1912 (I think) they added the 1908 shield to correct the oversite. When the Grey changed its look, the time prior to the 75th game overhaul, the trusties noticed and omitted Hamilton's '08 win.

I think that's terrible.

The 1908 Hamilton Tigers plaque on the Grey Cup was one of those legendary things that made the Cup unique. It was a conversation piece...a sort of bizarre memento of the Cup's history. To omit something from the Cup that is as old as the Cup itself seems wrong to me.