These Canadians made 2005 a year of wins, losses, a lockout, a home-grown NBA MVP and a $1-million field goal.
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3. THE GREY CUP RUNNETH OVER For years, when the CFL remained a hand-to-mouth football circuit, its championship game would still provide better drama than the Super Bowl. But the Grey Cup might have outdone itself this year in Vancouver, when the Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes took the final to overtime for the first time since 1961. Thanks to Sean Fleming's field goal -- and Anthony Calvillo's double pass -- Edmonton beat Montreal 38-35.
13. THE KINGS OF OF THE CFL JUNGLE The B.C. Lions prompted talk of a perfect season when they began the season with 11 straight wins. "There's nothing to be afraid of," head coach Wally Buono said before facing Edmonton in Game 12. "We're 11-0. I'm not going to be embarrassed about it." There was plenty to be embarrassed about later, as the Lions lost six of their last seven games in the regular season, and the West final to the Eskimos.
15. THE MILLION-DOLLAR FAN Brian Diesbourg, a 25-year-old mechanical engineer chosen randomly selected for a halftime contest at a Toronto Argonauts game, kicked a 50-yard field goal worth $1-million (after missing from 20, 30 and 40 yards). How big a story was it? Diesbourg's feat ran in The Hindustan Times, an English language newspaper in India.
25. A MARDI COUP DE GRAS The return of Lonie Glieberman to Ottawa gave the CFL's Renegades a series of frat boy promotions, none more controversial than the Mardi Gras-themed contestthat awarded$1,000 to the woman who could collect the most beads from fans at Frank Clair Stadium. Glieberman claimed breast-baring for beads was not what he intended, but the New Orleans tradition inevitably surfaced at Lansdowne Park, drawing enough fire that the Renegades president reversed course and bowed to pressure to drop the promotion. The "Score a Date with a Cheerleader" contest survived, however.