LET THE NEGATIVE MEDIA BASHING BEGIN?

It didn't take long, the article from the Globe & Mail, the home of possibly the worst anti CFL writers, is no doubt the tip of the media ice berg which will come in the next few days.
In the NFL, this would have been called a great defensive game. Which of course, it was.
Only in Canada "it is cool to blast Canadiana and the CFL".

Lions defeat Alouettes to win Grey Cup
DAVID NAYLOR

Globe and Mail

Winnipeg — An imperfect and somewhat unsatisfying year in the Canadian Football League ended with a 94th Grey Cup game that reflected the regular season.

There were lots of field goals, hardly any big plays, while field position and defence were the dominant themes last night.

The B.C. Lions weren't complaining about their 25-14 win over the Montreal Alouettes, but here's hoping that when Canadian football resumes next spring, there's a little more fun in the game.

Yesterday's contest featured only two touchdowns, two safeties and seven field goals. B.C.'s Paul McCallum, named the game's outstanding Canadian, hit six field goals to tie a Grey Cup record.

The contest was on its way to being one of the all-time snoozers well into the second half. But a Montreal Alouettes team that looked tired and uninspired came to life and provided a bit of drama before the Lions surged and snuffed out the threat.

The key drive for B.C. occurred after Montreal had pulled to within a converted touchdown at 19-12 during the third quarter. It was then that B.C. quarterback Dave Dickenson took his team on a 14-play, 62-yard drive that made it a two-score game at 22-12 with 10 minutes 43 seconds to play.

After the Lions added another field goal to make the score 25-12, the Als had one more chance to make a push. But a jarring hit by B.C.'s Javier Glatt forced Montreal running back Robert Edwards to fumble near the goal line, where Otis Floyd recovered the ball for the Lions.

That pretty much snuffed out the Als' last hope, as Montreal dropped its third consecutive Grey Cup game in the past four seasons.

The Lions captured Lord Grey's mug for the second time since beating the Als in 2000, their previous appearance coming in a 2004 loss to the Toronto Argonauts.

The Lions' win marked Wally Buono's fourth Grey Cup victory but first as head coach of the Lions. Dickenson was chosen the game's outstanding player.

A stagnant second half got a jolt when Dickenson fumbled the ball while trying to elude a tackle by Montreal's R-Kal Truluck, with the Lions leading 19-3. Officials ruled Dickenson down by contact, causing the whistle to blow long before Montreal's Chip Cox picked up the ball at the Alouettes' 47-yard line and took off toward the Lions' end zone.

Montreal immediately challenged the play. After review, the ball was awarded to the Als at the point of the fumble, as the rules call for when instant replay is used.

The Als didn't score off the turnover, but they did force the Lions to take a safety on B.C.'s next possession, making the score 19-5 midway through the third quarter.

After the ensuing kickoff, Montreal marched the ball down the field, with quarterback Anthony Calvillo displaying the throwing rhythm that had been missing during the first half. When Robert Edwards went in from two yards out, the score was 19-12 with all the momentum and swagger belonging to the Als.

The Lions dominated the first half, the only shortcoming being B.C.'s failure to punch the ball into the end zone more than once. B.C. had four field goals during the first half, with several promising drives ending deep in Montreal territory thanks to some key defensive plays by the Als.

B.C. had a 9-0 lead before Ian Smart made a 25-yard run to the end zone for the first and only major of the first half, early in the second quarter.

At 16-0, the Als finally caught some life because of better field position than they'd enjoyed during the first quarter. Damon Duval missed a field goal from 47 yards and then made one from 43 to put Montreal on the board late in the first half.

Calvillo, who's often regarded as a quarterback who underachieves in big games, wasn't at his best during yesterday's first half. Under considerable pressure from B.C.'s front four, he looked often to the sidelines for places to dump short passes. But his accuracy, which waned considerably at times this season, was terrible during the first half as he was good on only six of 17 pass attempts for 80 yards.

Calvillo regularly bounced balls at the feet of his targets and had at least four passes where his receivers were able to touch the ball but couldn't haul it in. He also surrendered a turnover when he fumbled while being sacked deep in Montreal territory during the first quarter, resulting in a field goal.

B.C. succeeded with its typical, well-balanced attack led by Dickenson's quick and accurate downfield passes. Dickenson went 13 of 16 during the opening half, spreading the ball to five receivers, while the Lions added 96 yards rushing.

Unbelievable. Well actually Im not surprised.
Ask me again why I have no respect for the media!

Wow, only in Canada...

That's gotta be a record for fist slam against a national sport after a Championship.

If anyone in the media reads this. You people need to have some pride. You idiots in the media of this country are a disgrace at times...have some pride in your country and in your game.

Leave Canada now please....before you infect everyone with your negative anti-Canadian spins.

while he didnt need to be harsh, i cant say i disagree with him...the game WAS boring, with teh Als never getting a lead, and not comming close to a lead...2 and outs all nite...and when they did make a drive, edwards fumbled.

there were NO big plays...and the crowd left b4 the game was over...to top it off, the lions broke the Grey Cup in half.

What did the reporter say that is untrue?

If he said this was yet another thrilling, classic Grey Cup game would he have been more accurate?

He said everything negative about the game, not anything like "It was Dickensons commanding performance and control of the game that led his team to a great victory", or maybe anything else positive about the game.

I don't know why they have to look down on every game ever played in the CFL. Time to step up and say a few positive things about the game.

heres a better article...Amazingly from the SUN:

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Missed opportunities nearly came back to haunt the B.C. Lions on Sunday.

The CFL's West Division champions thoroughly dominated the first half of the Grey Cup game but had to settle for a record-tying six Paul McCallum field goals instead of touchdowns.

That bought the Montreal Alouettes the time they needed to partially solve a smothering B.C. defence and make a game of it before succumbing 25-14.

The Lions, who were first or second in 18 of the CFL's 25 defensive categories this year, held Montreal to four first-half first downs and 105 total yards. Yet, B.C.'s offence, which averaged a league-high 27 points a game, could muster only three field goals en route to a 19-3 half-time lead despite continually driving deep into Montreal territory.

Montreal, after being badly outplayed in the early going, still had a chance.

The recovery of a Dave Dickenson fumble in the third quarter helped the Alouettes pull to within 19-12 entering the fourth, thanks to a safety and Robert Edwards' two-yard touchdown run.

Montreal's offence, which sputtered badly in the first half, showed more determination in the second, especially on the offensive line. B.C. was able to dominate the Als at the point of attack in the first half, mostly rushing just four down linemen. In the second half, the East Division champions afforded quarterback Anthony Calvillo more time, and he was able to somewhat establish a more consistent aerial attack against the Lions' man-to-man defence.

B.C.'s offence had two glorious chances to cement the win in the fourth. First, they drove to the Alouettes' 13-yard line when, on second and three, the Lions made the right call and tried passing to a wide-open Joe Smith coming out of the backfield. But Dickenson couldn't get the ball to Smith, who would've waltzed in for the TD easily, forcing the Lions to settle for a fifth McCallum field goal and a 22-12 lead.

The Lions took the ball at Montreal's 47 on its next possession and, after gaining only eight yards on two run plays, McCallum booted his record-tying sixth field goal.

So, with the offence unable to come up big, the defence took matters in its own hands.

On second down from the B.C. 1, the Alouettes went to a spread offence, moving their receivers wide. The handoff went to Edwards and, after being stuffed short of the goal-line, he lost the ball and linebacker Otis Floyd came up with the huge recovery.

B.C.'s defence never really wavered from its game plan of going to man coverage in the second and relying on its front four to get pressure on Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo and often force him to try, and throw on the run.

After struggling early, Montreal's defence did a nice job of bringing pressure from both up the middle and off the edge to get to Dickenson and either force him to throw before he was ready or not give him the option to set up and make all of his necessary reads and limit big plays from a potent Lions offence.

However, fittingly, the Lions' defence made its final stand of the game, forcing Montreal to turn the ball over on downs at the B.C. 15 with 17 seconds remaining.

YOU HAVE TO WRITE THE GLOBE !!!!!!!

Complaining here does nothing!

How do we write to the Globe? I want to ...

The game WASN'T a classic, it's true. It had a decent ending, though. At least Montreal was making a push.

And all those things that have made the CFL "boring" this year (I thought it was fine in terms of excitement, and CERTAINLY better than your standard 6-3 NFL game) were not the cause of this Grey Cup game being "boring". The main thing that made the CFL "boring" this year was the blocking rules on kick returns. And how did that affect BC's offence being unable to score touchdowns when they got in FG range?!?

As usual, the media finds a way to slash the CFL on this, when really it's the fault of the Lions and Alouettes. Just like the CFL gets the blame when a ref screws up (is it not then the REF'S fault??).

When New Jersey and Anaheim played in the Stanley Cup a few years back, everyone said, "these two teams are defensive, it's going to be boring". If two defensive teams played in the Grey Cup, the G&M would say, "The CFL is boring."

Stupid.

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Snapped the 97-year-old Grey Cup in half, they did. Left the national treasure being hoisted by the joyful victors in two separate pieces, a large silver saucer and a well-dented, headless torso.

That, one supposes, was a fitting conclusion to the CFL's championship contest yesterday, for it nicely symbolized a formerly enthralling brand of football that appears curiously broken at the moment.

How broken? The lowest-scoring Grey Cup "classic" since the dud in Toronto 15 years ago won't have anybody outside of British Columbia talking about this one past, well, today.

It was a game won 25-14 by the B.C. Lions over the Montreal Alouettes that featured no lead changes, two conceded safeties by the winning team and a hero placekicker who didn't even have to boot a last-minute winner.

MVP honours went to winning quarterback Dave Dickenson, who completed only 18 passes and didn't crack the 200-yard barrier.

That, in a nutshell, is all you need to know about the Grey Cup, a thoroughly unremarkable game on a cold, clear night on the Manitoba prairie that in no way reflected the quality of the outstanding football festival delivered by Winnipeggers over the past week.

The party was welcoming, raucous and fun. The game was utterly pedestrian.

In its aftermath, the Grey Cup was left accidentally busted in two by Lions offensive lineman Kelly Bates, a native of Humbolt, Sask., who inadvertently earned himself a page in the CFL history book by the simple act of lifting the trophy over his massive shoulders in celebration at centre field.

For those paying attention all season, the nature of yesterday's contest accurately represented the style of football that dominated the CFL in the 2006 season. Defences were dominant, kick returns non-existent and quarterbacks far from the dominant characters they'd once been.

That was the story of the season and yesterday in a game that didn't include a play from scrimmage longer than 25 yards or kick return of longer than 18 yards.

That's just not the CFL and we just ingested a season full of it.

If you prefer explosive offensive football, yesterday's Lions-Alouettes tilt couldn't hold a candle to the Ohio State-Michigan collegiate thriller on Saturday.

And when was the last time the CFL paled in comparison to NCAA football when it came to razzle-dazzle?

CFL '06 featured a bruising style of gridiron competition that has more than a few folks, including outgoing CFL commissioner Tom Wright, more than a little worried.

The CFL, after all, has survived the worst of times by the explosive, unpredictable nature of its wonderful game.

Moreover, strong TV ratings have helped enormously in recent years, but they were down this season due to either lopsided scores or an absence of exciting offensive football.

Given that the league is in search of a new TV deal, this is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately.

Isn't that just the CFL's luck? It survives a horribly botched U.S. expansion and two franchise failures in the nation's capital to finally get to eight relatively stable franchises and now the game itself needs fixing.

Given that the previous year's wild and woolly contest in Vancouver went to overtime, well, maybe no game could have come close to that level of entertainment.

But this one wasn't even in the same area code.

Kudos go to B.C. kicker Paul McCallum for booting six field goals, tying a Grey Cup record and erasing the awful memories of '04 when he missed an 18-yarder for the Saskatchewan Roughriders at B.C. Place against the Lions in the Western final.

The Green Riders lost the game and McCallum was so reviled in Regina that angry fans dumped manure on his front lawn.

Yesterday, however, McCallum was perfect. In fact, you could argue that he and Montreal punter David Duval executed the most brilliant individual plays of the day on coffin-corner kicks.

McCallum booted a 51-yarder out at the Montreal two-yard line in the first half, but Duval did him one better by lofting a 45-yarder in the second half that rolled out of bounds at the Lions' one.

But if we're talking about precise punts in the wake of a Grey Cup game, not nearly enough happened.

The league's most outstanding player, dazzling B.C. receiver Geroy Simon, was hardly a factor with only four catches, the longest of which measured 12 yards.

Lions running back Ian Smart, with a 25-yard touchdown scamper on a pitch, participated in the only play that truly electrified almost 45,000 fans that did their part by selling out a game that had thousands of seats available just a few weeks ago.

Let's just say paying $132 plus GST in chilled, temporary end-zone seats is evidence of truly dedicated three-down football fans.

Montreal, meanwhile, was offensively inept in the first half while managing only four first downs and 95 net yards, but did edge into the game a little bit in the second half.

With less than five minutes to play, Montreal had a chance to pull within six points until reliable running back Robert Edwards coughed up the pigskin with the Als on the B.C. one.

For the Als, it was their fourth defeat in five visits to the big game over the past seven years. That doesn't quite make them a Canadian version of the Buffalo Bills — they did come up with the one set of rings in Edmonton four years ago — but quarterback Anthony Calvillo's rep as a quarterback who just never seems to get it done can only grow from yesterday's result.

The Als looked nothing like the team that had hammered Toronto in the Eastern final, no more convincing in their performance than halftime act Nelly Furtado was with her phoney lip-synching act. ( she didnt lip-synch, but dont let the facts stop your bashing of the game )

At least the Eastern champs weren't the ones to break the legendary trophy.

Then again, they would have loved to have had the chance.

Well, it wasn't a barn burner as in the past few years, and the media is accurate to describe it as such. Maybe we've gotten a bit spoiled. What I don't like about the media coverage is the doomsday scenario they keep painting. A couple of bad games and the whole leagues broken according to these scribes.

The Grey Cup breaks and the media see it as a metaphor for the entire league.
IF the same thing happened to the Stanley Cup, it would be seen as another mythical tale to add to the storied legend of the greatest trophy in professional sport.

The league's already admitted that they might have erred in changing the kickoff return rules and will revisit them. Before the season, I remember reading from these same reporters that the QB situation across the league was the best it's been in years with every team having a top notch starter. Now, suddenly because of a sub par year by some of these same QB's the entire league is suffering from a QB drought and it bodes very ominously for the future of 3 down ball in Canada.

What a bunch of chicken littles!

Ah boys, not a problem. This was a classic defensively battled game and these games in any sport get smacked by the media since high scoring is usually what makes the game "look" exciting to the masses who aren't huge followers of a sport.

I loved the game since I appreciate defense in football but the the CFL does need to change some rules to ensure high scores as this is what generally gets more people interested. Why the NHL took out the red line and cracked down on the stick work etc. The CFL needs to go to work to get more offense for marketing purposes. First thing, put the goal posts at the end of the end zone and make the 5 yard halo on a punt a 10 yard halo, that's right, 10 yards!

What were you expecting him to write? That game was a complete snoozer, as he said. If you enjoy punts and fields goals then maybe you liked it. It happens. They cant all be overtime thrillers.

I didn't think the game was that bad. The Defensive plays, especially when BC stuffed MTL on the goaline was pretty entertaining. Sure, it wasn't as exciting as last years (greatest game I've ever seen) but it was okay. Its funny because all my friends who are in love with the NFL say theres no D in the CFL, which is why they don't watch, so does that mean this was the greatest Grey Cup ever?

But about the hole media honesty/bashing. After last years, the first thing every media outlet talked about was the negative Jason Maas stuff, and then the game. This year, its almost all negative stuff. The media just loves to bash the CFL regardless.