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CONTEST: 2014 Grey Cup

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It's that time of year again! It's time for the annual Grey Cup contest.

(Past winners have included Noj (twice), indestructible, Bright Moments, brownie, paul secor, Soulstation1 and danasgoodstuff.)

Here are the rules:

1) Pick the winning team.

2) Pick the number of total points scored by both teams (aka the tiebreaker).

Since approximately half of us will pick the winning team, picking the total points is necessary to win the contest. Your total points prediction must be a number which is a multiple of five (5).

The winning tiebreaker will be the one closest to the correct answer. If two are equally close, the winner will be the lower pick.

If two people pick the same thing, the first to make the pick will be the winner.

THE PRIZE: A $17.00 Mosaic Records Gift Card. The $17.00 represents one CD of a Mosaic box set.

Deadline: kickoff, Sunday Nov. 30, 6:00 pm eastern.

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The Grey Cup game: The Grey Cup is awarded to the world champion of what I think is the greatest game in the world, Canadian rules football. That is to say, the champion of the Canadian Football League.

The Grey Cup was first awarded in 1909. They have played for it every year since then except three years during World War One. Therefore, this year's will be the 102nd Grey Cup game. Fans from throughout Canada will attend the game.

This year's game will see the Western champion Calgary Stampeders face the Eastern champion Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Vancouver.

The Hamilton Tigers were founded in 1869, the same year as the Cincinnati Red Stockings. The Calgary Stampeders were known as the Bronks from their founding in 1935 through 1944. The Calgary fans of 1948 are credited with descending upon Toronto for the Grey Cup game, and making the Grey Cup the national celebration that it has been ever since.

The location of the game is chosen years in advance. This year's game will be played in Vancouver. Eastern fans always root for the eastern champion, and Western fans always root for the Western champion. Last week there were still 6,500 tickets to be sold. Probably more Western fans bought tickets far in advance, but I suspect that many Hamilton fans will gobble up most of those remaining 6,500 seats.

The Stampeders had the best record in the league during the regular season, 15-3. The Ticats started badly at 1-6, and at the season's midway point they were 2-7. Since then they have gone 7-2, plus their win in the Eastern Final.

Both teams have very young quarterbacks. Calgary's is Bo Levi Mitchell, a 24-year old who played his college ball at SMU and Eastern Washington. Hamilton's is Zach Collaros, a 26-year old who played his college ball with the Cincinnati Bearcats.

Calgary's star is their running back Jon Cornish. He was a monster this year when he played, but he missed half the season with a couple of concussions. The press voted Collaros as Hamilton's best player.

The game will be carried live in the US on ESPN2.

You can listen to the game here:

http://www.tsn.ca/Toronto/

(To listen to the game, you will need Windows Media Player which you can download for free. So you might want to plan ahead if you don't already have it.)

You can study articles analyzing the upcoming game as well as articles about the season as it unfolded in the CFL thread, which I will be updating during the course of this week.



Good luck everyone!

Here's my pick:

Calgary - 50

I'm going to be rooting for the Ticats. They have not won the Grey Cup since 1999. In addition, I have met their owner, Bob Young, who is very personable, and who lives in suburban Raleigh. But I think that the Stampeders' offense has too much firepower.

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11/24 update - Here's a list of some of the websites which will carry the radio broadcast of the game.

http://www.tsn.ca/radio

Edited by GA Russell

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Calgary - 55

This yearly contest is a hoot. Thanks GA Russell!

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Hamilton - 55

Go underdog!

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Calgary - 55

This yearly contest is a hoot. Thanks GA Russell!

Calgary - 55 points

John, Jeff already picked that. Try another one!

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This yearly contest is a hoot. Thanks GA Russell!

Thanks, Jeff!

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So far, only three have picked Hamilton, so there are many good chances on that side of the board.

Noj, as I recall, didn't you win one year because you picked a lower total than anyone else did?

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Picked up tickets today--I'm going to my first Grey Cup.

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Picked up tickets today--I'm going to my first Grey Cup.

That's great, BClug! Have a great time, and be sure to tell us all about it!

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Here's what I have still available:

Hamilton - 20....25....60....everything over 60

Calgary - 20....25....75....85....everything over 85

Good luck everyone!

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Calgary has won the toss, and defers. Hamilton will receive.

The contest is now closed.

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After the first quarter, it's Calgary 7....Hamilton 0.

Mitchell has looked great, hitting six different receivers. The Ticats' offense has yet shown much.

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