November 30, 2009

Canada: where real men play football

Awww, look they play football in Canada, with pads and everything. How cute. If you were too busy watching the Pittsburgh Steelers have their season go down the drain than you probably missed the Canadian Football League's final game of the season - the battle for the Grey Cup.

CALGARY -- It took a lucky break on the final play of the game, but the Montreal Alouettes' run of Grey Cup futility is over.

Damon Duval, given another try due to a penalty after missing what could have been the game-winning kick, made good on his second chance from 33 yards to lift the Alouettes to a stunning 28-27 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a classic CFL championship game on Sunday.

It was a shock ending for most the sell-out crowd of 46,020 at McMahon Stadium, where the seats looked to be tinted Roughriders green from fans who had spent most of the game watching their underdog team outperform the Alouettes on a mild evening.

But quarterback Anthony Calvillo and the Alouettes, both shaking off a reputation for coming up short in the big game, battled back to erase a 16-point deficit in the final 10:52 of play and end a four-game Grey Cup losing streak over the past seven years. They posted their sixth Cup win overall despite not leading until the final play.

"Heartbreaking, happy, sad, suspenseful - it was everything wrapped into one," said Montreal's veteran centre Bryan Chiu. "I guess that's what the CFL's about - a game like that."

Any idea if the Als could beat the Seahawks at the moment?

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