Grey cup – blogged

4:03 – Ryan suggests liveblogging the Grey Cup between Calgary and Montreal, in Montreal. I approve of the idea. Mom thought it would be “boring”. Well, WE’LL FIND OUT, WON’T WE?

Got me, the folks, Ryan and Trisha… Trisha has come over the top, and brought a stadium shaped cake for letting them watch it with us. Seriously, that thing was awesome. Well, it will be when we get into it at halftime.

4:05 – Debate about the temperature on the field- Dad says Olympic Stadium has “the retractable roof that won’t retract”. Weather.ca says it’s a -5 with a few clouds, though Anthony Calvillo is wearing short sleeves. I’m confused.

As are the Riders fans wearing green to a game between Calgary and Montreal, as Mom and Trisha mention. Calgary gets the ball first.

Trisha mentions that Ryan had this nugget regarding Saskatchewan’s fans, on the way here: “Calgary is the largest city in Saskatchewan”.

4:07 – Mom’s first comment: “Look at all the cameras flashing,” as the 96th Grey Cup is underway. Trisha asks if they have special jerseys for this game- just the patches on the arms, I figure.

The Stampeders go 2 and out after one of the receivers has a brain cramp and runs backwards on second down, while we yell at him to go the other way.

4:11 – Two hideous tackles after a botched blitz on second down, and Montreal is knocking on the door after a huge gain. Not a good start for our boys.

4:13 – Montreal head coach Marc Trestman looks eerily like Tom Higgins.

The Alouettes fall short, and settle for 3. Good stop by Calgary, after a shaky start defensively. 3-0 Montreal.

We’re debating the merits of a chip shot field goal… Dad mentions the hash marks on a CFL field are wider than in the NFL, though the goalposts are shorter.

4:17 – Back from commercial, and Stamps receivers still having directional issues. Ryan mentions that he had to come back for that one, but… eeeeeeh.

Aaaaaand 2 and out again, with the Montreal tacklers driving back the receiver well short of the marker.

4:19 – THEY’RE GOING FOR IT ON 3RD DOWN… and make it. Not as much drama with the CFL rules, and the one yard neutral zone.

We also console ourselves about the Montreal tackling by mentioning that the ball is marked at the furtherest forward progress… which is good, because I think the Stamps would be back in their end zone otherwise.

4:21 – Ball comes out after a catch by Jermaine Copeland, but it was caused by the ground. Stamps punting away anyway, with 3rd down coming up.

4:25 – Montreal seems to be driving… showed a replay of the Browner near INT in the BC game… how he came down on his ankle does not look at all comfortable.

I think we’ve had two running plays so far.

4:28 – Calgary seems to be sending a lot of pressure… Montreal punts after a batted down pass.

Consensus so far from the men: Montreal’s controlling the play, but only up 3-0.

4:30 – Joffrey Reynolds sighting, after a fake end around to Ralph. Oh, those tricky Stamps.

And the next play is a first down- play action, bootleg, throw over the linebacker to Copeland. Nice.

4:32 – Screen pass on second down- Joffrey Reynolds makes a few moves, and gets the first down. Another great call, but Reynolds made it work. What a talent. I don’t know who Demetrius Summers is, but after breaking a few tackles on the play after that one, I think I need to know.

Apparently Burris is 8 for 8, but for only 60 yards.

4:34 – Whoever the colour guy is mentions that Montreal needs to get the crowd into it. The Stamps are down 3-0, and only at midfield, guys, don’t sign the game over.

Dad mentions a good point to that: With it technically being a neutral site, Montreal can’t use the scoreboard to encourage the fans. Neat.

The Stamps are apparently renting a touchdown horse for the game… Trisha mentions that they probably wouldn’t want to fly theirs out. IMPORTANT DETAILS.

4:37 – Trisha and Mom talk about a baby shower during commercial. I’m glad I’m busy.

4:40 – Ryan and Dad notice a TSN graphical error… it’s not the first quarter! Oh, those tricky sports networks (EDIT: Thanks to Dad for correcting that before it went to print, that would have been ‘tres dumb)

And we collectively decide that Nik Lewis’ personal foul penalty on second down was, to put it bluntly, stupid. Though the Stamps get 3, and tie it up.

4:46 – Montreal doesn’t hold the ball for long, and punt away. “No yards” is a dumb penalty… guys wait until the kick lands, and then pick it up when the opposing team start to crowd around them. There’s not any value in being different from the NFL just to be different.

Commercials have turned into opportunities for Mom and Trisha to talk about girl stuff. I think it’s fair.

4:48 – Calgary’s moving, I ask if Burris has missed a pass- Ryan and Dad don’t think so. CBC, I need a graphic!

Burris airs it out to Ken Yon Rambo, and misses long. I love the “whoooa…” from our assembled when a deep ball is launched.

Injury timeout- someone for Montreal, as we go to commercial.

4:53 –  Burris has technically not missed a pass (we think), though one has been picked off by a Montreal linebacker, Reggie Hunt.

Calvillo is carving up the Stampeders through the air, as Trisha mentions that “he should have played baseball” with that rocket of an arm.

4:56 – Avon Cobourne runs in untouched for a touchdown off a shotgun formation, ballsy call on second down. 10-3 Montreal.

4:59 – Stamps run it back, as I check on the NFL scores online- Oakland putting a beatdown on Denver. Micky is not going to be happy.

Brett Ralph alligator arms a catch… even Mom says he should have made that one. Wow, if that’s not an indictment…

5:02 – Stamps punt it away, and Montreal runs it back inside the 30… nice moves by Larry Taylor on the return. Not looking good for our heroes.

5:04 – Apparently Richardson has 100 yards receiving for Montreal already. That can’t be good. Montreal is driving.

5:08 – Montreal gets a field goal, they’re up 13-3. Still lots of game to be played, and the epic Molson Canadian commercial is on. Things are looking up, as much as they can while being down two scores.

5:12 – Burris suddenly can’t hit the broad side of an SUV. Lewis bailed him out the second time.

5:14 – Touchdown, Stamps! Burris to Ralph in the corner, with a cameraman as a casualty. Montreal up 3 now.

Apparently there was a foul on the play… Cox getting a little enthusiastic on the tackle. That would explain the cameraman getting taken out.

5:36 – Break for halftime and cake- halftime is Theory of a Deadman, some girl who’s a Lite 96 staple, and some other girl who probably is too, though on whatever station lite 96 is in Montreal. And the usual performers on the field, who perform valiantly and get mostly ignored.

Mom’s remark on the gymnasts: “I don’t think a body is meant to do that.” Agreed.

5:44 – Chris Schultz remarks that the personal foul penalty on Cox prevented Montreal from another score before the half.

Stats pretty even across the board, save for the one Calgary turnover that led to a touchdown.

5:51 – Interview with Stamps coach John Hufnagel, summarized: “We want to score more points than the other team.”

5:55 – Als punt after a two and out. Talking with Ryan about playing football after an Alouettes lineman almost runs with the ball after a tip… apparently the big guys get excited when they get to run with it.

5:58 – Calgary goes two and out into commercial… they could call that “five yards” penalty on every punt.

6:04 – Joffrey Reynolds stuffed behind the line.

Downside of the CFL: get stuffed on first down, no run game at all. Lewis catches to move the chains on second down, though, clutch play.

6:07 – Burris runs twice in a row, Stamps inside the 15… that’s his big advantage over Calvillo, he’s got the mobility as well.

6:09 – Summers drops one- not a great pass, but it would have tied it. Games tied, 13-13.

6:12 – Chris Cuthbert: “(Stampeders defensive lineman) Mike Labinjo is having himself a second half.”  Ryan: “As opposed to the other guys, who are still in the first half.”

6:13 – Montreal takes the lead on a single… punt into the end zone, 14-13. One of the quirky “We’re different!” CFL rules that is probably pretty stupid.

6:16 – Mom asks “What can I blog about during an injury timeout?” I don’t know. I really don’t know. Ferri’s limping around quite a bit, though.

6:18 – Joffrey Reynolds gets some yards on a fake throw, and draw to him… when he gets space, he’s dangerous.

Throw to Rambo for a bunch, then Burris runs the option- I love that play in the CFL.

6:21 – Calgary field goal, 16-14. First lead of the game, woot!

6:23 – Stats after the third quarter- Calgary starting to turn the tide a little in their favor, but unable to get TDs.

And Calvillo finally gets pressured, and is picked off by Dwight Anderson! Stamps get it back at midfield.

Shot of Anderson on the phone… Trisha asking who he’s talking to, probably the coordinator. Stamps moving the ball a little bit now through the air.

6:27 – Nik Lewis catches a pop-up off the chest of Ken Yon Rambo, but short of a first down, so the Stamps get three more. 19-14, though you wonder when not getting TDs will come back to haunt them. Montreal’s still too close.

6:31 – Football memories are exchanged… Trisha talking about learning to kick, being on the sidelines at a football game, Ryan going to different Stamps games. JoJuan Armour makes a tackle as I look up- I should probably watch this game.

Calvillo to Cahoon for a first down… those two guys might have done that before.

6:33 – Charleston Hughes and Mike Labinjo meet at the quarterback. Alright.

6:35 – Calvillo picked in the end zone by Shannon James… wow. I’m speechless. James had great position, though, that one wasn’t on the Als QB (the other one was)

Mom laughs as she asks if the commercials are the same for the Grey Cup as the Superbowl.

6:40 – Stamps bring it back to midfield- and elect to try for three with four and half minutes left- not sure what I thought about it, but it went through. Sandro Deangelis is as good as they get- 22-14, Stampeders.

Wow, when did it become four and a half minutes left?

6:44 – Discussion of american CFL teams… Alouettes can still move the ball, and they’re only one score down.

6:47 – JoJuan Armour makes a sack… a couple of cracks in the usually great Als protection the last little while, between the sacks and the picks.

Incomplete on second down, the Als probably punt… too early in a CFL game to be going for it, even with 2:19 left.

6:49 – Thank you, Cold FX commercial, for the slow-mo loogie. You are truly an inspiration to Grade 6-ers everywhere.

First play by the Stamps on the possible penultimate drive, and Burris zips it in there for a first down.

6:51 – Lewis for a first down, 1:16 left. Is this really happening? I’m not sure how to react. I didn’t expect us to actually win this. The defense was huge in the second half, started to get after Calvillo, took the running game out of play.

6:54 – They need a first down, and Burris calls his own number, getting smoked. Hmm….

Als get the ball back with around 30 seconds to go.

6:56 – Taylor gets a good run back… 14 seconds left for Calvillo. 2 picks today, but I’m still worried about him.

6:57 – 20 yards over the middle to Watkins… 9 seconds left. Colour guy (don’t know his name) says they might have three plays left. Really? How do you figure?

Next play, completion, tackle, game over. I’m… we won. Wow.

6:59 – Trisha is looking for the horse… I don’t know if we saw it today. Burris is being interviewed, he’s emotional… great win for him, for the entire team.

7:02 – Dad’s comment: “The prognosticators were saying that defense wins championships, and Calgary has the best defense.” Agreed. Now they’re interviewing Mike Labinjo, he’s surprisingly well spoken after an opening yelp that sounded something like a burp or a yelp. I’m not sure what it was.

Trisha and Mom are talking about knitting again, they’re getting to the presentation (by the Minister of Finance? Really?), so I’m done. Yay Stamps!

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