CFL's 96th Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes Attempt Rare Feat

Greg FearCorrespondent INovember 23, 2008

Today, the CFL's Grey Cup will be awarded for the 96th time, in Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The "Great Canadian Classic" will showcase the two best teams in the league, the Calgary Stampeders and the hometown Montreal Alouettes.

While a home team playing in the championship game is not really all that rare, having the home team win is. In fact Les Alouettes will atempt to become only the fourth team in the last 56 years to accomplish this.

The west division champs from Calgary earned their way into the championship game with a less than impressive effort versus the British Columbia Lions last weekend. The Lions dominated the game from start to finish yet were unable to capitalize in key situations, and eventually fell to the opportunistic Stamps.

The Als, on the other hand, got in with a humbling performance over the Edmonton Eskimos. Much like the Lions in the west, the Alouettes dominated the entire game. However unlike the Leo's, Montreal was able to capitalize almost at will.

In their two previous meetings this season, Calgary won both contests. Which may explain why even though Montreal will have the advantage of playing at home in front of 65,000 screaming lunatics, most gambling sites have this game listed as a pick'em.

On a neutral site, Calgary, who had a better record, in a better division, Calgary would likely be a three or four point favorite over the Alouettes. So logic would indicate the only reason that there is no spread is due to Montreal playing at home.

Either way, this should, like most in the past, be a very entertaining game. I will pick the Montreal Alouettes to upend the Calgary Stampeders in the 96th Grey Cup.