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The 94th Grey Cup!


Phil

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Hey football fans, Grey Cup 2006 is finally here! Tonight, either the BC Lions or the Montreal Alouettes will be crowned kings of Canadian football.

The game is completely sold out, with approx. 45,000 fans from all across the country expected to pack into CanadInns Stadium. The party's been going on all week, and it comes to a climax tonight!

Kickoff is at 5PM Central time. The forecast is calling for a high of 1°C (34°F) with a light wind, although the expected overnight low is supposed to drop to -9°C (16°F).

Singing the anthem will be Eva Avila, the recent Canadian Idol winner, and performing at halftime will be Canadian pop superstar Nelly Furtado.

The BC Lions are clear favourites heading into the game. They picked up 5 of the 6 awards handed out at the CFL Player Awards on Thursday, and when on their game, are virtually impossible to stop. They're led by quarterback Dave Dickenson and the league's 2006 Most Outstanding Player, receiver Geroy Simon. On defense, they're equally as sharp, led by the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Most Outstanding Canadian Brent Johnson at DE.

The Alouettes are making their 4th Cup appearance in 6 years, but have only 1 win (2002) to show for their dominance. They're led by quarterback Anthony Calvillo, as well as running back Robert Edwards and slotback Ben Cahoon. Defensively, it's a team effort, with Canadian Ed Philion and linebacker Tim Strickland leading the charge.

The game should be an epic battle, as the league's most geographically separate teams meet in the league's most central location to decide who will host the arguably the most storied trophy in football history.

I'll be at the game, section 4, (upper deck) row 7, and hopefully I'll have some pictures to show you in the next few days!

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I'll be watching it -- it's on a one hour delay on Comcast SportsNet (starting at 7pm EST).

I'm surprised no one has said anything about Alouettes coach Jim Popp asking his players to refrain from sex the week of the game. I'm pretty sure some of the loons around here would have some interesting views on it.

I'm expecting a good game. But... Vive les Alouettes!

Hey Phil, were those tickets expensive?

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Sheesh, it seems like these two meet every couple years. 1994 (when Montreal was Baltimore), and 2000. BC has won both times. It's become sort of a mini rivalry. I remember the '94 game when Lui Passaglia hit the game winner with no time left. Should be a good game, I'll be capturing it on Media Center.

David

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*sigh* I'd be a lot more excited for this one if my Stampeders, or even the Eskimos, were involved, but as it is, it's two teams between whom I can't decide which I like less. But here's hoping for an exciting game anyway. Part of me wishes I was back at my parents' place; Mom always made clam chowder on Grey Cup Sunday ...

Anyway, have a good time at the game, Phil. I'll keep an eye out for you on TV. Hope you stocked up on Hot Hands or the like. :D

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*sigh* I'd be a lot more excited for this one if my Stampeders, or even the Eskimos, were involved, but as it is, it's two teams between whom I can't decide which I like less. But here's hoping for an exciting game anyway. Part of me wishes I was back at my parents' place; Mom always made clam chowder on Grey Cup Sunday ...

Anyway, have a good time at the game, Phil. I'll keep an eye out for you on TV. Hope you stocked up on Hot Hands or the like. :D

I'll bring a pair of mitts, but it should still be pretty warm around kickoff, given the time of year. Parka, toque, long johns, and wool socks are the order of the day, although I may be shedding a layer or two if I'm able to get into the game.

As for the tickets, I paid about $280 CDN (about $245 US). Had the Bombers been in it, that would've been a total steal, but as it is, it's my first Grey Cup, and I'm really looking forward to the whole experience.

'Course, then there's my buddy, who got free tickets (that are probably better than mine) thanks to the fact that his uncle works for Old Dutch (the potato chip company).

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YEAH! What a stop on the goal line by Javy Glatt and Otis Floyd, plus the fumble recovery by Floyd! I was only 9 when BC won it last and I can't remember the game against the Alouettes that great from then, but I will definately remember this game for a while. Finally one of my teams won a championship!

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Did you take pics Phil?

Sure did! Some 300+ pictures, in fact. We had great seats - upper deck, seventh row, and since the aisle is between the 6th and 7th row, we had an unimpeded view of the field. I only have a 6x optical zoom on my camera, so I can't get super-close to the action, but I got some pretty nice shots regardless.

It was an amazing experience, and I really enjoyed it. The production value of the game was quite good, given what I'm used to - regular Bomber games - and I had a good time (even if the on-field product wasn't as entertaining as it could have been - definitely an un-CFL-esque game).

That all said, I probably wouldn't go again unless the Cup's in Winnipeg or the Bombers are in it... the cost is pretty high, especially if you would have to pay for travel, lodging, etc. (not that I did this time, I'm just saying I probably wouldn't leave town to see it).

But if you haven't seen the game live, I would definitely recommend experiencing it at least once.

My experience also was mitigated by the fact I had one of the most busy weeks of my university life this last year, and wasn't able to take in any of the festivities really. Three Days Grace, Sam Roberts, Beach Boys, Tom Cochrane, the parade, the Athletes in Action breakfast, the various city-themed parties... all of it would've been cool to take in, but I just didn't have the time.

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As a longtime Als fan, I was very disappointed. Very. :cry: (Don't panic, randyc, we're still friends.)

But hey the Als will recapture the Grey Cup in T.O. Bet on it.

hehe, hopefully BC will be back next year against the Als. As for Paul McCallum being named Outstanding Canadian both me and my dad thought Ben Cahoon deserved since he actually showed up for the game, and performed well at that.

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As a longtime Als fan, I was very disappointed. Very. :cry: (Don't panic, randyc, we're still friends.)

But hey the Als will recapture the Grey Cup in T.O. Bet on it.

hehe, hopefully BC will be back next year against the Als. As for Paul McCallum being named Outstanding Canadian both me and my dad thought Ben Cahoon deserved since he actually showed up for the game, and performed well at that.

Giving it to Cahoon would have been a nice gesture... but McCallum kicked for 19 points... and was even kind enough to spot the Als four points on safeties... plus all that drama when he messed up 2 years ago with Saskatchewan... I'd say naming him top Canadian was pretty nice icing on his cake.

PS This was the boringest Grey Cup I think I've ever seen. No lead change... it seemed more like a Super Bowl.

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