It is over. The BC Lions have won the 99th Grey Cup in Vancouver. I would term the game as being the second most boring Grey Cup in recent memory, topped only by the 2007 tilt between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. I originally said it was the worst, but my friend Robin reminded of the 2007 clunker. How can a 34-23 game be boring you ask? Simple, both teams were just not that good. From aging receivers to no talent receivers to young quarterbacks to banged up quarterbacks. There was no running game for either team and frankly, both defences are highly rated only because the offences in the CFL this year were brutal. Yes, it was a down year, a transition year maybe, for the CFL. Several past superstars appear to have lost a few steps this year and may not be back in 2012. Maybe next year will see some new superstars emerge.
The only question left about the Grey Cup in the sports riot capital of North America, Vancouver was, would there be a riot. Thankfully there was none this year, although there was a mini riot at an alumni dinner. Check out this video, then I’ll give you some background. The stars of the video are 73 years old.
The occasion was a celebration of the 1963 Grey Cup in which both of these men played, obviously on opposite teams. The gentleman with the cane is Angelo (King Kong) Mosca, a feared defensive lineman for the Hamilton Tiger Cats in 1963, and later a major wrestling talent after football. The gentleman on the left is Joe Kapp. Joe was, prior to his career with the Minnesota Vikings, the starting qb for the BC Lions. During the 1963 Grey Cup, Angelo Mosca laid a questionable hit on the Lions star running back, Willie Fleming, knocking him out of the game. The Ti-Cats went on to win 21 – 10. Obviously the grudge is still alive. By the way, there were riots in Vancouver after the 1963 game and after the 1966 game as well, both played in Vancouver.
- Joe Kapp punches old CFL rival at alumni dinner (sfgate.com)
- Angelo Mosca brushes off Joe Kapp peace offering (theglobeandmail.com)
- Grey Cup celebrations wrap up peacefully in Vancouver (cbc.ca)
- Grey Cup (dwlonline.wordpress.com)