LET’S GO, STAMPS!

Calgary Sun - - COMMENT -

Get your game face on, Calgary, it re­ally doesn’t get much bet­ter than this.

Ed­mon­ton (12-6) vs. Calgary (13-4-1) in a grudge match with a chance for Grey Cup glory on the line.

Yes, the CFL’s West Divi­sion Fi­nal at McMa­hon Sta­dium prom­ises to be a doozy.

Fire up those tail-gates and fill that park­ing lot with the sound of siz­zling sausages and foot­balls whistling through the air.

Even though it’s sup­posed to be a de­cent day for mid-Novem­ber, bun­dle up in red and buckle up for what’s sure to be a white-knuckle ride.

The game is con­sid­ered a toss-up by many, fea­tur­ing a Stam­ped­ers team that ran roughshod over the com­pe­ti­tion un­til a late­sea­son malaise with first place long locked up.

And the op­po­si­tion Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos, streakier than a ’70s col­lege party, open­ing with seven wins, be­fore los­ing six in a row and fin­ish­ing strong with five straight vic­to­ries.

The Esks warmed up for this one by dis­patch­ing the Bombers in Win­nipeg last Sun­day, while the Stamps have had the wel­learned bye to re­fo­cus on the prize.

Bat­tle of Al­berta? Yep, and so much more. This is Labour Day on steroids.

Win­ner takes all, in­clud­ing provin­cial pride in the om­nipresent ri­valry be­tween the ci­ties.

There’s no re­match next week in Ed­mon­ton, the off-sea­son is a long, long time for the loser to lick their wounds.

Al­berta football fans will rise and fall with this re­sult.

Win­ter is go­ing to be cold enough in these parts with­out the dis­ap­point­ment of a loss Sun­day.

Of course, added to the ex­cite­ment is the chance the win­ner could face Saskatchewan in what would be the CFL’s first all-West Grey Cup — al­beit played in Ot­tawa!

The Roughrid­ers, who al­ready ended Ot­tawa’s sea­son and dream of play­ing the big game at home, face toronto in the East Fi­nal as a re­sult of cross­ing over with a bet­ter record than the third-place team in the East.

In fact, the ’Rid­ers (10-8) ac­tu­ally had a bet­ter record that the East Divi­sion-lead­ing Arg­onauts (9-9), so an all-West Grey Cup is not much of a long­shot.

Could there be a worst sce­nario for Calgary football fans than an Ed­mon­ton-Saskatchewan Grey Cup? un­think­able!

But no wor­ries, we got this.

Be­sides, Ed­mon­ton, you’re al­ready slated to win the Stan­ley Cup, right?

Go, Stamps, go!

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