Well the Grey Cup table has been set…
We know who is coming to dinner but we don't know who the main course will be!
The Hamilton Ti-Cats vs The Calgary Stampeders. The showdown begins at approximately 3:00PM PST here in lotusland. I actually had to go out and buy more sunscreen, the weather here has been so balmy.
Like many of you I saw both the Western and Eastern Finals. it was clear by the score which teams were deserving of being in the Grey Cup.
While the Als destroyed the Lions last week on the scored board they were no match for the Ti-Cats. I thought the Esks would give the Stamps a run for their money. I even thought the Esks had a chance of knocking off the Stamps. it was not going to happen. The Stamps are just too good.
Who will win the Grey Cup in B.C. Place on November 30, 2014? I'm cheering for the Ti-Cats for my own personal reasons. However, the way the Stamps have been playing all year and the way they dismantled the Esks in the Western Final it is all too clear that the Calgary Stampeders as a team is in a class of its own.
The one mistake the Stamps could make is to take the Ti-Cats lightly. They won't. They know the Ti-Cats are hungry and they know the Ti-Cats can't think of anything they would rather do than stick it to the top CFL team that has been winning at will. If the Ti-Cats can keep it close and not allow the Stamps to run away with it the Ti-Cats could bring the Grey Cup to Hamilton.
The Stamps' RB Jon Cornish is a powerhouse and can destroy the opposition single handedly but the Esks proved for the most part he can be contained. That is one issue for the Ti-Cats. The other issue is that QBs Mitchell and Tate for the Stamps are both healthy and very good. What do you do?
The Ti-Cats have their share of weapons. The Stamps for sure have Banks in the cross-hairs. Can Banks be shut down? To avoid a complete blow out the Ti-Cats are going to have to be firing on all cylinders and keep costly mistakes to a minimum. Collaros will have to be composed and not get injured. The Ti-Cats' D will have to shut down the deep threat early or the Stamps will simply toy with the Ti-Cats.
The Ti-Cats made it to the Grey Cup last year but lost. The Stamps made it to the Grey Cup in 2012 but lost. It is safe to say that one team will not repeat that again this year!
As an aside…
Both of these teams met in the 1999 Grey Cup here in lotusland with The Ti-Cats prevailing 32-21! The year before that they met in Winnipeg with Calgary prevailing [but just].
My hope is that the refs do not determine the outcome of the game and that the game is close. Both teams earned the right to be in the Grey Cup and hopefully will give all fans a great and entertaining season Finale.