Argos blow it open 35-22, Bieber silences boobirds in 100th Grey Cup

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 11/25/2012 5:57:00 PM

100 Years, 0 Lockouts and at least the Alouettes can say they were knocked out by the historic Grey Cup Champion Argos.

The first whiff of Grey Cup controversy was wiped away by the Argos before halftime.  Then Bieber wiped the cynical smiles off the faces of the only boobirds at the 100th Grey Cup.

After video replay challenge denied a touchdown to the Argos, Jarious Jackson through a 1-yard TD pass to Dontrelle Inman in the final seconds of the 2nd Quarter to give Toronto a commanding lead (if there is such a thing in Grey Cup).

Inman made a leaping grab at the sideline to set up first-and-goal, but touched the TD pylon as he fell down on his backside, reaching the ball toward the plane of the goal-line.

This morning, Inman and Chad Owens couldn't get a table at a crowded Toronto cafe', the floor manager jamming the lanky Argos receiver and the CFL M.O.P. in the lineup, bypassing them for groups of 3 or 4 customers. 

Maybe if they bring the Cup, Inman and Owens will be the toast of Toronto and not have to wait in line for their toast.

Owens scored the first TD in the 100th Grey Cup on a pass from Ricky Ray just past the midway mark of the 1st Quarter, igniting a crowd of 53,208.

Owens was finally seated along with teammate Dontrelle Inman, but virtually noone in the restaurant recognized him.  That could change if he's on a Grey Cup parade float Wednesday.

Rival former Alouette Larry Taylor had a 105-yard kickoff return for a TD called back because of a holding penalty by Calgary's Keon Raymond.  Taylor was gone in spite of the hold, but it was too obvious and on the edge of the huge hole Taylor hit.

Minutes later, ex-Al Adriano Belli was ejected from the game.

Truth is, Calgary took too many foolish penalties at the costliest of moments and came completely undone.

The ex-Alouette Owens failed to provide any spark on his first kickoff or punt return, while Ricky Ray was picked off on his very first pass attempt.   It was Ray's 1st pick of the postseason.  Calgary was unable to get any points off the turnover.

Just the presence on the giant scoreboard at Rogers Centre of halftime performer Justin Bieber drew boos from the crowd early in the 1st Q, the boos getting even louder in the 2nd.

Bieber silenced the critics with a sizzling light show at Halftime, more sizzle than the Stampeders offence, which gained only 5 first downs in the first 30 minutes.

Montreal-born Rene Parades put the Stamps on the board after a long catch-and-run by another ex-Alouette Larry Taylor late in the 1st.  He added another just before halftime, completed the FG hat-trick in the 3rd, and finished 4/4.

The Argos held a surprising 34-11 lead in rushing yards in the 1st quarter, and came up with a key stop of John Cornish on 3rd and short near midfield mid-way through the 2nd quarter.  That domination would almost mirror the final score, as Chad Kackert ran for more than 120 yards while the record-setting Canadian tailback was shut down.

The Alouettes' brain-drain ex-assistants Chris Jones and rookie Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich plotted to perfection against John Hufnagel's Stampeders, the man who led Stampeders to victory in 2008 against Marc Trestman.

Jones is best-known for conniving blitzes to pressure QBs, but the former Stamp D-coordinator has his Argos flying to CFL Outstanding Canadian Jon Cornish.

Early in the 2nd, Pacino Horne picked off a Kevin Glenn pass and returned it for a touchdown and a 14-3 Argo lead.

West Island native Jabari Arthur was injured on the last play of the First Half after failing to come up with a Calgary long bomb.

Toronto won the turnover battle 3-1 and time of posession battle 17:23-12:37 in the First Half.

Only a final seconds TD by Calgary avoided the embarrassment of becoming the first time in more than 20 years to be held without a touchdown.

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  1. Mike D posted on 11/26/2012 01:26 PM
    You can bet the Canadian flag would never have been displayed like that if the game were here. Great job as always Toronto. Shows why you are the #1 City in Canada.
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