CFL's 96th Grey Cup: Lights Out on the Grey Cup

Steve WelliverContributor INovember 23, 2008

The curtain has closed on another CFL season.  The much maligned Calgary Stampeders took home Lord Earl Grey’s cup with a 22-14 win in Montreal over Alouettes.

The game was not the game many thought.  It was a close defensive struggle from the opening kickoff, through to the final tackle.  Chris Jones’ defense came up huge against Montreal, especially in the second half.  Any time a defense can hold a team to one point in the second half is almost unheard of.  Calgary was not to be denied, and their defense showed exactly why they have the best defense in the CFL. 

Mike Labinjo with four knock downs, a sack, and a tackle, was the player of the game (although Henry Burris won the award).  He took the defense on his back, and took them to the promised land.  He made the difference two weeks in a row, having stuffed BC almost single handledly on the goal line last week. 

The offense led by Henry Burris’ legs, not his arm that made the difference.  Montreal did not have an answer for his legs, and that was the difference.  He extended drives using his legs, and kept the offence on the field, and left AC to chill on the sidelines.  He ran for 79 yards, but more importantly kept plays alive when feeling the pressure from Montreal’s front four.

A game all of Calgary can be proud of, and a team that is young, experienced, and still hungry.