Monday, December 1, 2014

Celebrating All Things Canadian

O, Canada~!  That Was Some Exciting Football, Hey!

Last night I had the pleasure of watching Championship football being played on the biggest stage, literally- .

No, it was not the Sooners.... Not this year, ... ..., again.

It was the Grey Cup, between Calgary and Hamilton.
Yeah, Canadian football, because there's something mildly intoxicating, aboat hearing that the Tiger-Cats have a 2nd-down & 8, on their own 53-yard line. There's no such thing as "4thdown, in CFL rules~ You get only two downs to try and make 10 Metric yards, then you punt if you fail to make it.

Man, I wanted to see a 'rouge', a single point scored, so bad! 
Instead, I was constantly stunned by how large the end zones are in the Canadian Football League.  
Our house could fit easily within the confines of a CFL end zone.

The Calgary Stampeders won, 20-16, but with less than one-minute left in the game, Tabby punt receiver Brandon Banks took the punt at the Tiger-Cats' 20 yard line, 
and ran it back 90 yards (110-yard field) for a thrilling, 
potential, game-winning TD~
        BUT WAIT, THERE'S A FLAG                                     
 ~''Holding' on the receiving team'.

Follow this link to watch highlights of Canada's 
second-favourite game's championship:  http://www.tsn.ca/stampeders-jump-out-to-big-lead-hold-on-to-beat-ticats-in-102nd-grey-cup-1.148326

VANCOUVER - Bo Levi Mitchell carried the Calgary Stampeders to a Grey Cup title Sunday.
Mitchell threw for 334 yards as Calgary held on for a thrilling 20-16 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at B.C. Place. The six-foot-two, 196-pound Texan was calm and precise on the field, completing 25-of-34 passes in his first career Grey Cup start. He was named the game's outstanding player.

At one point, Mitchell threw 10 straight completions, tying him for the third-longest streak in Grey Cup history before a boisterous B.C. Place Stadium gathering of 52,056 — 1,423 short of a sellout.  Think about that sentence, read it again:              Over 101 previous seasons, 10-straight pass completions is only a tie for third-best.  Amazing concept, really, since during the American SuperBowl era of only 50 games, the pass completion streak records are merely similar:


Most Consecutive Completions, Super Bowl Game: 
16- Tom Brady, New England vs. N.Y. Giants, XLVI 
13- Joe Montana, San Francisco vs. Denver, XXIV 
10- Phil Simms, N.Y. Giants vs. Denver, XXI
10- Troy Aikman, Dallas vs. Pittsburgh, XXX
10- Kurt Warner, Arizona vs. Pittsburgh, XLIII
9-  Jim Kelly, Buffalo vs. Dallas, XXVIII
9- Neil O’Donnell, Pittsburgh vs. Dallas, XXX
9- Steve McNair, Tennessee vs. St. Louis, XXXIV
9- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Chicago, XLI


The rest: Nearly 1,424 tickets unsold and available for a national football league championship game~!  Unheard of.

(We're again making November, 2015 Canadian vacation plans!)

But the West Division champions needed two late defensive stands and some luck to secure the victory.


Interesting Side Note:
Members of the Stampeders received $16,000 for the win while the Ticats earned $8,000 apiece. 
  ~I kind of like that aboat Canada, too.

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