Montreal vs. B.C - 94th Grey Cup game
Sunday, November 19, 2006 | 04:37 PM ET
By Jesse Campigotto
It's an event 94 years in the making. That's right, the 94th Grey Cup classic.
Of course, some are saying this year's CFL championship won't be such a classic. The West division champion B.C. Lions come in as prohibitive favourites over East champion Montreal. But don't count out Les Alouettes just yet. They've got the experience that comes with reaching their fifth Grey Cup in seven years. And since they've won the big game only once over that span, they've got the motivation of trying to avoid becoming the Buffalo Bills of the CFL.
Then again, B.C. had the league's best record, best offence and best player (wide receiver Geroy Simon) this season. Can they buck the tradition of the Grey Cup game being a close affair? Or are we headed for a Super Bowl-style blowout? All will be revealed today in Winnipeg.
Game overCongrats to the B.C. Lions and their fans. Hope everyone at home enjoyed the game. See ya next season.
Game overAt least CBC viewers got it right: McCallum wins our Warrior of the Game.
Game overDickenson gets the outstanding player award, though he didn't even seem to think he deserved it. McCallum has to settle for the outstanding Canadian prize.
Game overAlways a fun scene to watch, whether it's the CFL or NHL: the traditional hoisting/passing of the Cup.
Game overStars of the game: McCallum (6/6 FG, 1/1 EP), Cahoon (11 rec, 137 yds), Dickenson (18/29, 184 yds; 6 rush, 53 yards).
Game overThe Montreal Alouettes: your losers of four Grey Cup games in the 21st century.
Game overFinal score: B.C. 25, Montreal 14. The B.C. Lions: your winners of the 94th Grey Cup.
Fourth quarter, 14:43And that'll do it. Calvillo throws another incompletion, and the Lions get the ball back with 17 seconds left.
Fourth quarter, 14:36Good chance for Montreal as Dave Stala breaks free in the back of the end zone, but Calvillo overthrows him and a diving Stala can't haul in the pass.
Fourth quarter, 14:15Montreal is driving, but the Lions are content to let the Als receivers catch short passes up the middle. The clock is a-tickin'.
Fourth quarter, 13:17B.C. 25, Montreal 14. On third down deep in their own territory, the Lions concede a safety so as to avoid giving Montreal good field position. Smart.
Fourth quarter, 12:40Mark Lee informs us that Montreal's spotters saw the replay of the Edwards fumble and told Popp not to challenge.
Fourth quarter, 12:00There it is: the second-best trophy in sports. A pair of Mounties carry the Grey Cup toward the field.
Fourth quarter, 11:30Wow. Replays show Edwards may have been down before losing the ball. Unbelievably, Popp chooses not to challenge the call.
Fourth quarter, 10:54Huge play by the B.C. defence. With Montreal at the Lions one-yard line, B.C. stuffs Robert Edwards, then strips him of the ball on the next play.
Fourth quarter, 6:28B.C. 25, Montreal 12. McCallum drills a 47-yarder, tying a Grey Cup record with his sixth field goal of the night. He's booted himself into Warrior of the Game territory.
Fourth quarter, 5:03Montreal can't get anything going after the B.C. field goal. After a short punt, the Lions will take over just inside Als territory. Good chance here for B.C. to put the game out of reach.
Fourth quarter, 4:17B.C. 22, Montreal 12 McCallum makes what would have been his fifth field goal in five tries tonight, but Montreal is called for having too many men on the field. B.C. gets an automatic first down but can't do anything after that. McCallum then comes in to boot a shorter field goal and makes it. He's automatic tonight.
Third quarter, 15:00A nice play by Dickenson to end the quarter, as he runs up the right sideline and avoids a tackler by diving and reaching the ball out for a first down. Dickenson has made some gutsy runs today for a guy who has been injured as often as he has. Right now he's my pick for Warrior of the Game.
Third quarter, 14:00The Als look like a new team and, with a little more luck, could be poised to tie the game: Duane Butler just forced Smart to fumble his kickoff return, but B.C. recovered. Then Tim Strickland nearly intercepted Dickenson on the next play.
Third quarter, 13:00B.C. 19, Montreal 12. We've got ourselves a game. Robert Edwards leaps into the end zone and manages to break the plane to bring Montreal within a converted TD.
Third quarter, 12:40Only Hal Patterson (29) has more Grey Cup catches than Ben Cahoon (27). Who knew?
Third quarter, 8:47B.C. 19, Montreal 5. McCallum concedes a safety, and resurgent Montreal is within two touchdowns.
Third quarter, 7:40Great punt by Duval, who puts the ball out of bounds at the B.C. one-yard line. Montreal is looking improved all around.
Third quarter, 7:00It seems Calvillo re-learned how to throw a spiral during halftime. He's looking much better in the second half. Maybe he was inspired by Nelly Furtado's referencing him in one of her songs.
Third quarter, 6:30Montreal coach Jim Popp challenges the call (the first challenge in Grey Cup history) and wins. Montreal gets the ball near midfield, but it should have had a touchdown.
Third quarter, 6:30Dickenson is brought down from behind by R-Kal Truluck (probably the greatest handle in CFL history) and fumbles the ball. Chip Cox scoops it up and runs it into the end zone, but the officials had blown the play dead, calling Dickenson down. Tough break for Montreal.
Third quarter, 2:40CFL defensive player of the year and CBC Warrior of the Year Brent Johnson brings down Calvillo for his first sack of the game.
Third quarter, 1:00Sorry Nelly, but if you ask me, the real Man-Eater in Winnipeg tonight is Adriano Belli (3 tackles, 1 sack).
HalftimeYou asked, so I'll tell: in the first half McCallum made field goals from 34, 35, 24 and 30. Duval missed from 42 and made from 43. Also, reader Simon says the game is on NASN in merry *old* England, and not, as I wrote, NESN in less-merry *New* England.
HalftimeAs Woody Boyd would say, Nellynellynellynellynellynellynellynelly....
HalftimeB.C. 19, Montreal 3. McCallum makes it 4-for-4. This 16-point lead could be insurmountable if the Montreal offence keeps playing the way it is and the B.C. defence keeps playing the way it is.
Second quarter, 14:20Buried deep in his own territoy, Calvillo skips a wounded duck of a throw in front of a receiver. The Als QB hasn't looked sharp tonight.
Second quarter, 13:45Play-by-play man Mark Lee informs us we're less than two minutes away from Nelly Furtado. I know I'm fired up.
Second quarter, 13:18B.C. 16, Montreal 3. A Duval field goal puts the Als on the board. By the way, Cahoon has 67 yards receiving.
Second quarter, 13:00You gotta love Ben Cahoon, who just made his fourth catch of the night. I know he doesn't look the part of an elite wide receiver, but it's about time everyone stops being surprised every time he makes a play. The guy has been an excellent receiver for a long time.
Second quarter, 12:00One thing the Montreal defence has done well: contain Geroy Simon, who has only two catches for 21 yards.
Second quarter, 10:35The Als offence finally gets something going, but Damon Duval misses a 47-yard field goal.
Second quarter, 7:00On a punt return, Cobourn gets clotheslined by Floyd, his opponent during the pre-game trash-talk fest.
Second quarter, 6:10Total yards: 192-45 in favour of B.C. And the Lions have the ball.
Second quarter, 5:00One last thing about some comments sent in earlier: The CFL's website offers a web cast of the game (for a fee), and reader Simon W. says NESN out of New England is simulcasting CBC's coverage.
Second quarter, 4:13B.C. 16, Montreal 0. Ian Smart runs the ball left, turns on the jets and flies in for a TD.
Second quarter, 3:20Forgot to mention this when it happened, but McCallum pinned the Als inside their 5-yard line with a 51-yard punt out of bounds. He's our early MVP.
Second quarter, 2:40The good news: The Als get their first first down. The bad news: it comes at their own 15.
Second quarter, 1:00Reader Dee asks if the Grey Cup game is available in the U.S. I don't think so, unless you're close enough to Canada to pick up the CBC. But props for a) knowing the Grey Cup exists, and b) using the Canadian spelling for Grey.
First quarter, 15:00The score is still close, but the Als are not looking well. They've yet to pick up a first down.
First quarter, 14:15B.C. 9, Montreal 0. McCallum is 3-for-3.
First quarter, 13:10Our first turnover of the night: Anthony Calvillo is sacked and fumbles in his own territory. Big opportunity for B.C.
First quarter, 13:00We just got another look at that pre-game shouting match, courtesy of CBC's Mic'ed Up feature. The most amazing thing about the exchange: no f-bombs were dropped. I couldn't believe it when it was shown live, but upon further review, it's true.
First quarter, 12:26B.C. 6, Montreal 0. Another McCallum field goal. Maybe B.C. isn't racking up points like many though, but they're moving the ball well and coming away with points.
First quarter, 12:00Montreal's Adriano Belli sacks Pierce before unleashing an awkward and strangely disturbing celebration. It looked like he had about four different dances planned and couldn't decide which one to use, so he just mixed in all of them.
First quarter, 9:50Jarious Jackson comes in to convert a third-and-inches. All three B.C. QBs have now seen action tonight.
First quarter, 6:38Nothin' doin' for the Als on offence so far. They're forced to punt for the second time in two possessions.
First quarter, 4:49B.C. 3, Montreal 0. The Lions settle for a Paul McCallum field goal.
First quarter, 4:30B.C. fans needn't fret. After all, their backup (Buck Pierce) may be the second-best QB in the league. If you're a Ticats fan, that's just not fair.
First quarter, 3:50As Lions fans hold their collective breath, oft-concussed QB Dave Dickenson scampers up the middle for a first down.
First quarter, 2:06Two plays, two first downs for B.C.
First quarter, 1:04An incompletion and a throwaway adds up to a two-and-out for the Als on their first possession.
First quarter, 0:05The game-time wind chill: minus-7. The best part is that everyone is relieved that the Winnipeg weather is "co-operating."
Moments to kickoffThis could be a first: The fans just booed the Snowbirds for arriving late for their post-anthem flyover. Tough crowd.
2 minutes to kickoffSome heated pre-game jawing at midfield between B.C.'s Otis Floyd and Montreal's Avon Cobourne, among others. Good job by the on-field cameramen of capturing the exchange from up close.
5 minutes to kickoffI can't substantiate the comment below about Tom Brown, but thought I'd post it anyway. If it's true, best wishes to him.
8 minutes to kickoffTo reader Josh, who asked via the comment feature whether he can get this game on his computer:: not that I know of, but you can follow the action on this game blog (not nearly as good as watching the game, I condede). Also, the CFL website does a live gamecast if you want to see running stats.
15 minutes to kickoffThe CBC panel weighs in with a split decision. Flutie and Jones are calling Montreal, while Millington, Frers and Friedman say British Columbia will take the Grey Cup. I'll jump in with the majority.
20 minutes to kickoffAs alluded to earlier, oddsmakers have installed B.C. as an eight-point favourite. Seems a little low. On the other hand, everyone and his brother (or at least me and my brother) are predicting a B.C. blowout. Always a red flag.
30 minutes to kickoffYou'll never believe this, but it's really cold in Winnipeg this evening. The low for tonight is minus-10 celsius. For pre-game warmups a lot of guys are wearing those thin hood things under their helmets to keep warm. Nothing says Grey Cup in Winnipeg like those thin hood things.
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