As a fan of Canadian football, disappointment reigned supreme the entire week-end.
On Friday night McMaster was comlpetely outclassed by that football factory known as Laval. This year’s total domination by Laval actually, in my mind, made McMaster’s victory last season that much MORE SPECIAL. Despite what Ford said pre-game - that the Vanier Cup was a match of Goliath versus Goliath - it absolutely was NOT … not last season, and most definitely not this season … which made for an uncompetitive, and tension free game - lacking in any real drama.
Their record pretty much speaks for itself … Laval has existed for 16 seasons and has spent half (literally with 8 appearances) of their existence in the Vanier Cup - with 7 wins now … WOW ! Just wow !
While McMaster has nothing to hang their heads about … their pride will take a second beating when (IF) they watch the tapes of the game. What they will see is a team of GROWN MEN running roughshod over a team of maturing young adults. Mac had no answer for the speed, size, and strength of Laval. Without the element of surprise, or unfamiliarity on their side - McMaster faced the challenge of lining up against a pissed off Laval squad that was determined to avenge last season’s loss … and avenge they did … with resolve, and impunity.
In the senior Canadian championship aka the Grey Cup … we were treated to am equally lopsided football game. Quite simply put - Calgary was never in it. Glenn was busy serving up fumbles, and interceptions for points in between floating dead duck passes while Dickinson insisted on running Cornish into a brick wall EVERY SINGLE first down. Chad Kackert was a human wrecking ball, and Ricky Ray deftly lead his team to a victory that was never really in doubt.
While both games provided a great backdrop for a 72 hour party in my household - sadly, neither game lived up to the billing. Congrats to the victors ! Condolences to the losers. See you next year in the frozen prairie air of Saskatchewan !