2) 105th Grey Cup
For anyone not agreeing with this as our number two pick ahead of the 79th Grey Cup, we appreciate one of the counter arguments will likely be a reference to recency bias. However, this is interesting when you consider how often people who choose games or players from previous eras are accused of living in the past and look at it through rose-tinted glasses.
We should also point out that while this is essentially an opinion piece, it is still routed in objectivity. Regardless, lets share our reasons for selecting the 105th Grey Cup as the second-best championship from the six dating back to 1991.
The first reason comes down to how average the Toronto Argonauts were during the 2017 regular season. While they won the East Division, they only had a 9-9-0 record and on offence which ranked sixth overall for points scored.
As a result, the Double Blue entered the 105th Grey Cup as big underdogs to the Calgary Stampeders. Calgary had a league-best 13-4-1 record during the regular season and easily handled Toronto in both meetings during 2017; 23-7 at home and 41-24 at BMO Field.
As predicted, the Stampeders dominated during the early going in the snowy conditions and took a 17-8 lead into the locker room at the half. And with less than six minutes to go in the fourth, Calgary held a seemingly insurmountable 24-16 advantage and had the ball on Toronto’s eight-yard line.
However, the game then turned on its head as Cassius Vaughn picked up a Stampeders fumble and returned it 109 yards for a score which, with the two-point conversion, tied the game at 24-24. The Argonauts weren’t finished though.
Toronto got the ball back and Ray drove them down the field to take their first lead of the game with under a minute to go, courtesy of a Lirim Hajrullahu field goal. Calgary had one final chance, but their aggressive approach cost them as Bo Levi Mitchell was picked off in field goal range.
As stunning as the Argonauts’ 27-24 win was it was also well deserved, as they completed the third-largest fourth quarter comeback in Grey Cup history. They also became the first team in Grey Cup history to have two 100-plus yard touchdowns in the same game.
DeVier Posey was named MVP thanks in large part to his 100-yard touchdown reception at the start of the second quarter. Ray secured his place in CFL history with a fourth Grey Cup win as a starter, the most ever for a quarterback.
The win was a hugely satisfying end to Marc Trestman’s first season as Argos head coach, helping them bounce back from a league-worst 5-13-0 record a year earlier. As far as we are concerned, the 105th Grey Cup victory is deserving of its ranking at number two.
- Importance: 2
- Excitement: 6
- Popularity: 1
- Unpredictability: 6
- TOTAL – 15