Sometimes things just work out to make a perfect storyline. This is the case with the 100th Grey Cup.
The game is fittingly played in Toronto, the site of the original championship game in 1909. To make things even better, the hosts earned the right to play in the game after an upset win over the Montreal Alouettes.
This is certain to be entertaining from start to finish, so do not miss a second of this Canadian Football League title game.
Note: All photos courtesy of CFL.ca
When: November 25 at 6 p.m. ET
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada
TV: TSN, NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: ESPN3
What They're Saying
These teams have played twice this year. On July 7, Toronto escaped with a 39-36 win at home. The Argonauts were then able to earn a 22-14 win in Calgary.
When asked about those previous games, Stamps slotback Nik Lewis told the media (via Allen Cameron of the Calgary Herald):
They’re a little different team than they were early in the year, and we’re a LOT different team than we were at the beginning of the year. Hey, it’s going to be a good matchup...We beat Montreal in Montreal — why not beat Toronto in Toronto?
Lewis seems to accept an underdog mentality going into the game, but his team will be ready to play.
Toronto Player to Watch: Chad Owens
The slotback led the CFL in receiving yards this season with 1,328 yards on 94 receptions. He also finished with six touchdowns after not scoring at all on offense last season.
Against Montreal last week, he finished with 11 catches for 207 yards, including one big 70-yard reception.
In addition, Owens is a very talented returner, leading the league with 2,510 combined return yards.
The former Hawaii star has the speed to change the game with a single play, and the Stampeders need to make sure they have an eye on him at all times.
Calgary Player to Watch: Jon Cornish
Although he has been in the league for six years, Jon Cornish is just realizing his potential.
He not only had the best year of his career, but he had the best year of any running back in the CFL with 1,457 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He also added two touchdowns and 338 yards through the air.
Cornish and his 154 total yards against the BC Lions are two big reasons that Calgary is in the Grey Cup.
If the Stampeders are able to pull out the win, it will likely by due to the performance of the star running back.
Prediction: Toronto 31, Calgary 27
Coming into the season, few would have predicted the Argos to be in this position. According to Vegas Insider, the team had only the sixth-best odds of winning the Grey Cup.
Even heading into playoffs, there was not much optimism after a 9-9 year.
Still, a big win in Montreal in the East final gives the team a home game against an opponent it has already defeated twice.
Calgary is much better a home this year, with four of its six losses coming on the road. Although there is certain to be a large contingency of Stamp fans at the Rogers Centre, the atmosphere might be too much to overcome.
First-year coach Scott Milanovich has his team playing well and will have his team raising the cup at the end of the day.