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Top 5 Grey Cup games ever played

Canada’s largest sporting event is being held in Calgary this weekend and Postmedia Sports Columnist from Regina Rob Vanstone lists his top five Grey Cup games ever played in the championship’s 107-year history.

1. 1989 – The Kick: Simply the best Grey Cup ever played, and perhaps the finest of all CFL games, period. The teams took turns marching up and down the field, especially during a second-quarter in which the Roughriders and Tiger-Cats combined for five consecutive scoring drives. The excitement continued for the rest of the game, which was decided with two seconds left when Riders Dave Ridgway hit a 35-yard field goal and the Riders won 43-40.

2. 2016 – Hank’s Swan Song: Ottawa quarterback Henry Burris was a question mark after encountering knee problems during the warmup. Nonetheless, he was ready once the game began, and the Calgary Stampeders were powerless to stop him. He threw for 461 yards, including an 18-yard TD toss in overtime to Ernest Jackson, to pilot Ottawa to a 39-33 victory over a Calgary team that had posted a 15-2-1 regular-season record. Ottawa, by contrast, was 8-9-1.

3. 1996 – Snow Bowl: The CFL appeared to be on its deathbed. Leading up to the 1996 championship game at Ivor Wynne Stadium, one of the storylines pertained to whether the final Grey Cup game was about to be played. Then the Edmonton Eskimos (coached by Ron Lancaster) and Toronto Argonauts (quarterbacked by Doug Flutie) reminded us all of everything that is wonderful about Canadian professional football — in the snow! Toronto won, 43-37, and the league’s deathwatch eventually ended … presumably for good.

4. 2005 – Top QB Battle: Edmonton 38, Montreal 35 in double overtime, in a showcase of two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks — Ricky Ray (Edmonton) and Anthony Calvillo (Montreal).

5. 1954 – The Fumble: Edmonton defeated Montreal 26-25 on the strength of a 90-yard fumble return by Jackie Parker, who scored with three minutes left. Bob Dean’s convert was the difference. Montreal lost despite amassing 656 yards of total offence, with Sam Etcheverry hitting Red O’Quinn for 13 passes, totalling 316 yards.