The 107th Grey Cup is now over, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the last team standing, defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12 in Calgary. The game was not as close as anyone (including myself) predicted, instead being a defensive beat down and almost complete anhilation. With the massive victory, the Blue Bombers finally brought an end to a 29-year drought, the longest in the Canadian Football League.
The Blue Bombers were firing on all cylinders, the defence crushing any and all opposition, creating turnovers, and continually sacking Hamilton QB Evans. Adam Bighill played a huge game for the Bombers, with the whole defensive unit playing like they were possessed.
The offense chugged along, with RB Andrew Harris rushing for a touchdown, catching another, and just being impossible for the Hamilton defence to stop. Zach Collaros added the veteran presence needed to guide the team, with Justin Medlock (his new nickname should be 'Money') putting several field goals straight through the middle of the uprights time and again to add points.
It was also a pleasant surprise to see almost no penalties in the game, especially with referee Andre Proulx at the helm. The officials let the teams play the game, as it should be. Hell, they even let a couple things go that would normally be called. Excellent job by the zebras this time around!
Hamilton looked confused from the get-go, with QB Evans showing his nerves in an early turnover. The defence looked like Swiss cheese the whole night, and their first-ranked offence had no answer for the Bombers' scores. To make matters worse, SB Brandon Banks was knocked out of the game after a hard hit, suffering a hip injury (Never a fun thing when a top player leaves due to injury, no matter who they play for).
Hamilton showed some signs of life in the second half, but then proceeded to get stomped right until the final whistle. As I said before the Grey Cup, I expected Hamilton to keep the game close right until the end, and figured the Bombers would still win, albeit with a last second field goal.
A late fourth quarter touchdown by the Blue Bombers was called back by the CFL's 'Command Centre', which was a terrible decision. The receiver clearly had control and cradled the ball even after he hit the ground. Three camera angles right in the action even proved this, but the TD was still overturned. Had the Bombers not been up as much as they were at the time, this would have been even more brutal than it already was.
GREY CUP: 1-0
POST SEASON RECORD: 3-1
Until next season!