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Playoffs!

Not only is the CFL *our* league, but November is *our* month.

There have been calls for the Canadian Football League to move the season up to avoid playing playoff football in colder weather, but why give up a month that the CFL has traditionally owned? The NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB are all either well underway or in the offseason, so let’s continue to own the cold weather and own this month.

Whether your team is in the hunt or not, there’s something special about the Grey Cup and Stephen Brunt’s video essay from 2012 tells the story the best.

In a nine-team league, some think that the Grey Cup is one of the easiest trophies to win in sports. While the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were the first Western Canadian team to win the Cup in 1935, they haven’t won the big game since 1990. Hamilton hasn’t done it in since 1999 and Edmonton since 2005. Many players never get to hoist Lord Grey.

The Grey Cup has been more than “just a game” since 1948 when Calgary Stampeders fans embarked on Toronto to show them how to throw a *real* party, but the journey to the Grey Cup is just as important as the destination.

Can Jonathon Jennings lead the BC Lions to an improbable win over the defending champion Calgary Stampeders? Did *anyone* expect the 9-9 Saskatchewan Roughriders to eliminate the 16-2 Edmonton Eskimos in the 1989 West Final? (For that matter, did anyone expect Holly Holm to knock Ronda Rousey out in the second round?)

Can Ricky Ray regain his Hall of Fame form and overcome the Tiger-Cats at Tim Horton’s Field? 41-year-old Damon Allen led Toronto over Hamilton in the 2004 East Semi-Final on their way to a Grey Cup Championship.

Anything can happen. Let’s sit back, strap in and enjoy the ride...

 

– written by Travis Currah