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CFLMost Valuable Players: 100th Grey Cup

Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012 | 10:28 AM

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Toronto Argonauts running back Chad Kackert (44) kept stepping up this year, and ended the season by winning the 100th Grey Cup's Most Outstanding Player award. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press) Toronto Argonauts running back Chad Kackert (44) kept stepping up this year, and ended the season by winning the 100th Grey Cup's Most Outstanding Player award. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

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What a spectacle the 100th Grey Cup turned out to be. Toronto's Rogers Centre rocked the entire evening as the home town Argonauts rode the Calgary Stampeders right out of town, courtesy of a 35-22 thumping.
What a spectacle the 100th Grey Cup. Toronto's Rogers Centre rocked the entire evening as the hometown Argonauts rode the Calgary Stampeders right out of town, courtesy of a 35-22 thumping.

This passion for the Canadian Football League has not been seen in the big smoke for quite some time. Everyone was about Canada and celebrating this historic football event
3rd and Long's Andy McNamara and Carlan Gay were there live to witness the magic.

Mac's Main Man

As I mentioned last week, "Mac's Main Man" usually tries to look outside the box and recognize strong performances from players that may fly under the radar. For the second straight game a running back has made me break that rule.

Last Sunday it was all about Jon Cornish of the Stampeders ripping up the gridiron. At the 100th Grey Cup the night belonged to Toronto's Chad Kackert. With 133 yards on the ground and another 62 in the receiving game, how can you not go with No. 44?

What a journey it has been for Kackert who began the year backing up Cory Boyd, only to be thrust into the spotlight after Boyd was unceremoniously dismissed. The Simi Valley, Calif., native kept stepping up time and time again proving everyone wrong, including us at 3rd and Long, who thought he wasn't up to the challenge.

Well Chad you not only earned our respect, but you get to take home an extra bit of hardware by being named the Grey Cup's Most Outstanding Player.

When Calgary tried to focus on Chad Owens, the rock was given to Kackert. He pounded away and made the Stampeders pay, even when the Western champions decided to stack the box to focus on him. The Stamps could have brought everyone including their horse mascot onto the field, and it still would not have been enough to stop Kackert.

Following that opening-play interception by Argos quarterback Ricky Ray, being able to hand it off to Kackert helped loosen up the tight Stampeders' secondary. Simply put, the second-year import was the best player inside Rogers Centre and has put himself among the CFL's elite running backs.

A fist bump has to go to Toronto's offensive line. In front of every great rusher is a wall of men who clear the way. As a unit the Argonauts' O-Line outmuscled Calgary's defenders and created the necessary holes for Kackert to dash his way into history.

- Andy McNamara

Carlan's Darling

Tears of joy poured out of Ricky Foley's eyes after the final seconds ticked off the clock at the Rogers Centre for the 100th Grey Cup. Foley knew he would be a champion. He also knew he would be a champion for his hometown team, and if that wasn't cool enough, he was able to do at home in front of his family and friends.

The Courtice Ont., native brought his "A" game from the opening kick. He was constantly in the Stampeders' backfield blowing up plays before they were even able to develop. The defensive unit was able to feed off of the energy Foley brought. Even the hometown crowd fed off of Foley's energy as he pumped up the crowd at every opportunity - on the sidelines, during TV timeouts and, of course, after every momentum-shifting Argos' play.

Chad Kackert walked away with MVP and Mac Main Man award, and rightfully so, for what he did for the Toronto Argonauts offensive, but Kackert's spectacular offensive outputs were matched by Foley on the defensive side: 4 tackles, 1 sack and a fumble recovery for No. 95, who promises to be in the nightmares of the entire Calgary offence all off-season. Pretty good for a guy who only started playing, and taking, football seriously while he was in university. 

The Grey Cup was hoisted for the 100th time. Legends were sure to be made, great stories were sure to be written, but there is no question that one of the great stories told this past Sunday was the play of a country boy named Ricky Foley. The Argos defensive end can now be proud of the fact that when you talk about the 100th Grey Cup, you can't do it without mentioning his name.

- Carlan Gay

Make sure to listen to the 3rd and Long podcast this Wednesday morning for our Grey Cup review and season wrap-up show.

Follow the show on Twitter @3rdandlong.

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