"I want to shout out to everyone from Mimico, to Etobicoke, Lakeshore to Markham to Vaughan to Mississauga, thank you", said Posey, who hauled in a 100-yard touchdown pass Sunday, the longest major in Grey Cup history. "When I first came into the league, there were guys like Damon Allen, Danny Mac (McManus), Anthony Calvillo, got to see Henry (Burris) do it last year..." They do not make the millions that their American counterparts make - Sports Illustrated reported that Canadian Football League rookies make $50,000 CDN, while estimates peg the salaries of experienced CFLers at closer to $80,000 - and so, their ongoing connection to the "real world" and not the mansions and parties that some might dream about keeps them grounded and still loving the sport in a way that is tangibly noticed on the field. Good for Ricky Ray and his crew for winning the 105th Grey Cup.
"I saw it, I picked it up, I just kept going", said the defensive back who last won a championship in high school in Tennesee. "It's going to sting again". In any event, the wintry weather made for a memorable rendition of the Canadian national anthem, as well as a fun sack celebration.
"A lot of reminiscing going on", the first-year Argo, playing with his seventh professional team, said.
Then the Argos' Jermaine Gabriel forced a fumble, Vaughn capitalized on the ultimate Argo Bounce, and it was a different game - one from which the Stampeders emerged with an eerily familiar feeling. The Calgary Stampeders are the early favourite to win the Grey Cup in 2018, courtesy odds from Bodog released one day after the team lost their second consecutive Grey Cup.
"Mason Woods, a 6'9", 324-pound offensive lineman from Maple Ridge, was also a member of the Grey Cup champion Argonauts, although he did not play Sunday.
He ran for 62 yards on 13 carries and recorded two touchdowns, one on the ground and another on a six-yard reception. We had two hands on the ball.
There wasn't a Canadian watching this game who doubted his ability to, at worst, direct the Toronto offence into field-goal range.
It is incredible to think that many of these players did not have jobs to start the season, as Sean Fitz-Gerald wrote in the Athletic, this was a team of forgotten toys.
The Grey Cup is Canadiana, an important fabric in our country's proud sports tapestry.
In the fourth-ever meeting between Calgary and Toronto in the Grey Cup, before a sellout crowd of 36,154, light flurries began in the hours before kickoff.
This is particularly true when you look at Canadian football. Along with being a great player, he's a great talker - on and off the field ...
"Trestman just believed that our backbone, we made a nice backbone for ourselves", Posey said. TSN did a feature on his struggles growing up battling issues with his immune system and a torn achilles in the NFL with the Houston Texans.
Toronto's own Black leapt in front of Mitchell's final attempt at a Calgary win, and the double blue spilled onto the field.
The Stampeders, a perennial powerhouse during the regular season, were thirsting for redemption leading up to and throughout the 2017 campaign. "That's what he does".
It's hard to see how Jim Benning would have survived another season like that.