LET’S GO, STAMPS!
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!