Fumble turns the tides — Inside the CFL

Toronto Argonauts receiver De Vier Posey set a Grey Cup record with his 100-yard touchdown Sunday. More

Toronto Argonauts receiver De Vier Posey set a Grey Cup record with his 100-yard touchdown Sunday. More

The game was fascinating.

"Zero, one, three", he kept thinking.

That wasn't all the Stampeders had to be frustrated about. Those moments that only become crucial, memorable plays when you screw it up and allow nothing to turn into something. They can give up zero points, they can give up one point, or they can give up three.

The loss was Calgary's second in a row on the CFL's biggest stage and the anguish was evident in Dickenson's voice.

Ray, by himself, has celebrated as many championships as the Saskatchewan Roughriders have won in more than a century.

"I mean, you're not going anywhere". There was plenty more coming.

In field-goal range, he threw an interception that eliminated his team from contention in this game.

Ray said he's thrown that pass to Posey in other games this season.

"I just kept going". When he hemmed and hawed, I pointed out that he's two years younger than Tom Brady. I was a running back, a receiver, a quarterback, multi-sport athlete.

That was especially true in 1972 and 1976.

Two local football products won the Grey Cup as members of the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday. Flying home today. His phone exploding with calls and messages.

Calgary led 24-16 in the fourth quarter, but a 109-yard Cassius Vaughn fumble-return touchdown brought the Argos level and Lirim Hajrullahu gave Toronto its first lead of the night with just 53 seconds remaining on a field goal.

The team is due back at Toronto's Pearson International Airport and from there players will be bused back to the team's practice facility at the former Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School. The play changed everything.

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"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 outplayed Ricky Ray and was the undisputed MVP of the game until the final few minutes.

And there was celebration and agony, depending on your address or affiliation. The Argos are a good team.

"We're talking to David about that", Ambrosie said. I changed at halftime. Lots and lots and lots of glorious snow. "Who knows if you win in overtime?" Everything about us was preparation. A chance to go up 11?

It created an idyllic wintry Canadian scene - reminiscent of the 1996 Grey Cup "Snow Bowl", in which the Argos had beaten the Edmonton Eskimos.

In a statement issued on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated the Argonauts for winning the Grey Cup. I'll always be a Muhammad Ali fan. "I'm not saying it was the wrong decision, because we make that play ... but it's too bad (kicker) Rene (Paredes) couldn't have at least had a shot at it. But who knows if we win in overtime".

When walking into the stadium through the snow, I thought, "We Canadians are crazy", 36, 154 fans freezing their butts to watch a football game. "I want to put on a show". It was typical CFL football.

For the second consecutive Grey Cup you could question Dickenson's play calling. The Horvat line has carried the offence to date but the twins and Eriksson will draw more favourable matchups and should have opportunities to produce.

"He told me I'd have fun here".

"That sounds pretty good".

Calgary may have controlled the ball throughout the game but crucial mistakes throughout the game were too much to overcome.

"We need support, we need 30,000 a game".

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