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CFL greats Kapp, Mosca come to blows

Former B.C. Lions quarterback Joe Kapp and 74-year-old ex-Hamilton Ticats defensive lineman Angelo Mosca got into a physical altercation Friday afternoon at a CFL alumni luncheon in Vancouver.
Joe Kapp, right, quarterbacked the Lions to the Grey Cup game in 1963, then won it the following year. (Canadian Press)

There was some early unnecessary roughness at the Grey Cup weekend in Vancouver.

Former B.C. Lions quarterback Joe Kapp and 74-year-old ex-Hamilton Ticats defensive lineman Angelo Mosca got into a physical altercation Friday afternoon at a CFL alumni luncheon.

The confrontation, caught on video, began after a highlight clip was shown from the 1963 Grey Cup, a game where Mosca drilled Lions running back Willie Fleming in what many considered a controversial late hit.

The scuffle occurred after Joe Kapp pushed a flower into Angelo Mosca's face while the two were on stage at a CFL alumni luncheon.

Fleming was forced from the game and Hamilton won the championship.

The altercation on Friday started after the clip when Kapp, 73, offered Mosca a flower as a symbolic peace offering. The sentiment was refused by Mosca and punches were thrown.

According to witnesses, Mosca used his walking cane to ward off Kapp's punches.

Mosca's post-football career included involvement in the World Wrestling Federation.