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(OTTAWA, ON) – Argos Upset Stampeders In 105th Grey Cup – It was a chilly day indeed in snow covered Ottawa for the Calgary Stampeders who got trampled by the Toronto Argonauts, in front of a sell-out crowd at the TD Stadium when the East bested the West during Grey Cup 2017.  Although the Stamps boosted the best regular season record and the league MVP, compared to only a .500 season record for Toronto in the end the Argos ended up king of the hill.

In a statement released by Prime Minister’s Office,  congratulating the Argonauts on their win, PM Justin Trudeau said “On behalf of all Canadians, I congratulate the Toronto Argonauts on winning the 105th Grey Cup over the Calgary Stampeders in Ottawa, Ontario. What better way to celebrate Canada 150 than coming together on a crisp and snowy night in the nation’s capital to watch the Grey Cup.

He went on to  say “The Grey Cup is one of Canada’s favourite traditions, and the pinnacle of Canadian football. It has been part of Canadian sports since 1909, when Governor General Earl Grey donated the first Grey Cup to the Canadian Football League. I congratulate the City of Ottawa and the RNation for hosting the 105th Grey Cup. I also thank both teams and the Canadian Football League for another memorable year and all they do to unite Canadians around sports.”

By the numbers Calgary was in the lead or tied with Toronto 59 minutes and 11 seconds of the 60 minute contest, the were scoreless in the 4th quarter, wherein the Argos scored 11 unanswered points. In typical Grey Cup fashion it was a 25 yard dagger between the goal posts that break the final tie and dashed the Stampeders hopes of raising Canada’s iconic football bowl o’er head this season.

There was no doubt Calgary’s league MVP, Ricky Reilly, outgunned Toronto’s equally talented QB in Ricky Ray, in terms of touch downs and total offence. Yet the later found a way to win more with less on the ground and in the air. Ultimately it was because of the coaching dual between the Stampeders’  Dave Dickenson and Toronto’s coach of the year, Marc Trestman the proved the difference that mattered and this year’s bragging rights in favoured of the Argos.

UWO ‘Stangs Stomp Laval To Claim 53rd Vanier Cup

In other high calibre football Action in the province this last weekend the University of Western Ontario (UWO) Mustangs finally earned heralded USports coach Greg Marshall the national university football championship Vanier Cup  he has doggedly pursued since taking the head coaching helm. The UWO based in London handed a 39-17 crushing defeat to the Laval Rouge et Or who were looking to repeat as the cup champions.

Usually when the best offence meets the top defense, the defense prevails especially in championship scenarios. That was clearly not the case concerning the undefeated Mustangs, who proved that sometimes the best offense is the best defense. Where Laval only allowed 9.6 points per game, as the stingiest defense in the land this season, Western outgunned their opponents but the sum of 261-64. Thereby proving the were equally talented and tenacious on both sides of the ball at the undisputed best CIS football team in country.

“No one can really stop our offence,” said Western defensive back Alex Salytchev, as quoted online by CBC Sports. He also said “our defence flies around. We’re truly the best team in the country. I hope everyone knows that this team will be immortalized as one of the best in history.”

“This is a dominant team. To go undefeated and dominate the way we did in the playoffs, I’m really proud of these guys.” said Stangs coach Marshall, the former CFL great, who put on a virtual coaching clinic concerning the victory.

Holy Names Shine In OFSAA Bowl Festival

Of the nine OFSAA football regional championships played in Hamilton last week, Windsor’s Holy Names Knights outlasted London South Lions to claim the Western Bowl. Although the Lions were securely leading 17-7 at the half, they would never score again in the last two frames of the game. In fact neither team scored in the 3rd quarter, but it was all Holy Names in the fourth.

Mike Herzog on of the Knights was the hometown hero for the Knights, when he scored a pair of TD’s back to back in the middle of the 4th. First on a 1 yard run from and then on a 39 yard grab. Both TD’s were converted by kicker Jake Heydon to seal the win.


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Kim's first foray into sports writing was for The Lance student newspaper at the University of Windsor. While broadcasting at CJAM and with OUA.TV, he belonged to an award-winning sports media team which picked up the 2013-14 Lancer A honours. In turn, Kim began broadcasting and writing for the Windsor Express, of the National Basketball League of Canada, for WE-TV, and now at The Square. Kim has obtained a Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Hons) and a degree in Education from the University of Windsor. Email Kim Elliott