Is 106th Grey Cup Calgary’s last chance?

Stampeders want to finally make good on their regular season dominance as they face Ottawa again in CFL championship this Sunday
grey cup Ottawa celebrated a championship at Calgary's expense in 2016. Will the Stamps get revenge? (© Paul Mckinnon - Dreamstime.com)


How many times does a favourite have to lose before it becomes the underdog?

Let's just say that the Calgary Stampeders are not interested in finding out in this Sunday's Grey Cup against the Ottawa Redblacks.

For years now, they have been the best team in the Canadian Football League (CFL). And it really hasn't been close. They finished with a stellar 13 wins and 5 losses this year. You have to go back to 2012 to find the last time they didn't have the best win-loss record in the regular season—and even then they had the second-best record in the league and made it to the Grey Cup, the CFL's championship match. But yeah, about that Grey Cup...

Grey days

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Ottawa won the Grey Cup when these teams last met in 2016. (Getty Embed)

For all of their dominance during the year, lately it has all come undone at the very end for the Stamps. In 2016, they were heavily favoured against the Ottawa Redblacks to win their second Grey Cup in three years. Instead, Ottawa led most of the match, holding off a furious rally by Calgary to win 39–33 in overtime.

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Calgary got tripped up by Toronto—and the snow—in 2017. (Getty Embed)

Then in 2017, Calgary once again went in as favourites, this time against the Toronto Argonauts. And again Calgary lost, 27–24.

Two back-to-back shots at the title with the league's best club. Two years without a championship. Will this third time be a charm?

No more Bo?

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Will Bo stay ... or go? (Getty Embed)

As much as revenge is on the mind of Calgary, there's an extra reason for the Stampeders to come through. This might be the last season that they have their best player, quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.

This 28 year-old Texan has won two CFL Most Outstanding Player awards (including this year's) and has been a huge part of guiding the team to the league's best record for five years running. And he did win a Grey Cup in 2014—so despite losing the last two times, he can do this!

But many experts are saying that Mitchell will likely aim to play in the NFL next year. And if that's the case, this could be Calgary's last shot with Bo.

Uh, isn't someone else playing?

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Ottawa scored at will last week in Hamilton. (Getty Embed)

Haha, of course! Calgary may be the big storyline here, but this is a really good Ottawa team. They had a strong 11–7 record for the year and steamrolled over Hamilton in the Eastern final, 46–27.

Now, they did lose both times that they played Calgary this season (in fact, they were outscored in those games by an ugly 51–17). But we're pretty sure that everyone has learned their lesson by now. In a one-game, winner-take-all match, anything can happen.

So is it finally Calgary's time? Or will they continue to be the best team to somehow keep losing in the end?


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