Folding in a big game is the Stampeders’ way
(11-6-1) in the division final.
Calgary went 15-3-0 — this is a recording — and reached the first Regina-based Grey Cup game before falling 37-20 to the Baltimore Stallions. (We might grant the Stampeders a mulligan on this one, considering that Baltimore was allowed to field a team consisting entirely of Americans.)
The Stampeders (13-5-0) 15-12 to Edmonton (11-7-0) in West final.
In the West semi-final, the Stampeders (10-8-0) fell 33-30 to Reggie Slack and the 8-10-0 Roughriders. Remember the quarterback-optionbased Slack Attack? Reggie was Mr. November … at least until the Flutieled Argos posted a 47-23 Grey Cup victory. (Over five years, Calgary had a 68-22 regular-season record — good for a .756 winning percentage — and somehow managed not to win a Grey Cup. The Roughriders had a comparable stretch from 1967 to 1970.)
B.C. (8-10-0) defeated the 125-1 Stampeders 37-21 in the West final.
Saskatchewan defeated Calgary 30-21 in the West semi-final. Calgary was 10-8-0; Saskatchewan was 9-9-0 once again under Danny Barrett and Roy Shivers. A minor upset, but an upset nonetheless.
Calgary finished first at 13-5-0. Saskatchewan was 10-8-0. Regular-season results mattered not, as the Roughriders won 20-16 in the West final.
In the Grey Cup, the 12-6-0 Stampeders lost 35-22 to Ricky Ray and the 9-9-0 Argonauts. (Ray and friends lost the