Sunday, November 29, 2009

Alouettes Stun Roughriders in Grey Cup

This might be the most talked about Grey Cup in years.

This also might be the day the music died in Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders were leading 17-3 at the half and had a 27-11 4th quarter lead with 10:32 left in the game.

But the Alouettes scored two touchdowns to reduce the Roughriders lead to 27-25.

The Roughriders appeared to have survived the comeback when Alouettes place kicker Damon Duval missed a 43 yard field goal attempt.

But the Roughriders too many men on the field, were penalized ten yards and Duval connected on his second attempt to give the Alouettes a 28-27 win.

I think the reaction of Roughriders cornerback James Patrick speaks for the entire Rider Nation.

Given that Saskatchewan has no NHL franchise, football is king. It is the one thing that unites the province. They are by far the most passionate fans in the CFL. Although the game was held in Calgary, the fans in attendance were overwhelmingly rooting for the Riders. It was literally a sea of green. To lose like this is too much to bear. A Roughriders victory would have given Saskatchewan its second Grey Cup in three years. But they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

As for the Alouettes while this was their fourth appearance in the Grey Cup in the past five years it was the first time they've actually won it since 2002 when they defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 25-16. In fact, the Alouettes have only won two of their seven Grey Cup appearances this decade. But two is better than none.

Alouettes running back Avon Cobourne was named the game's MVP. Cobourne rushed for 85 yards including a rushing touchdown during the Alouettes 4th quarter rally.

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