A dogsled, RCMP, snow and Shania Twain

Arriving on the snow-covered field on a dogsled, escorted by (RCMP) mounties, Shania Twain’s Grey Cup halftime show could not have been more Canadian.  The flying snow enhanced the performance, captured here by ESPN…

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Dressed in sparkly pink and red winter wear, Canadian country singer Shania Twain wowed the crowd with her hit songs “That Don’t Impress me Much” and “Life’s About to Get Good”  before closing with “Man, I feel like a woman!”

 

Oh, and the football game was good too, a close nailbiter right to the end.  The underdog won again with the Toronto Argonauts defeating the Calgary Stampeders 27-24  in Grey Cup #105.

 

 

OMG what a football game!

OMG what a football game!  The Ottawa Redblacks captured their first ever Grey Cup, making them champions of the CFL for 2016 in a nail biting, overtime, suspense-filled thriller against the favoured Calgary Stampeders.

The Redblacks were well ahead (20-7) going into halftime, but much to the dismay of us Redblack fans (probably the entire city of Ottawa), the Stampeders came back to tie it up with a few seconds left in regulation time.  In overtime, Ottawa Redblacks’ Ernest Jackson (barely, as we all held our breath) caught a touchdown pass from MVP winning quarterback Henry Burris after it bounced in and out of his hands a few times.  Overtime rules require a team attempt the extra two points after a touchdown, which the Redblacks were unable to accomplish, meaning the Stampeders needed a matching touchdown with the extra two points to win.  The Redblacks defense was (thankfully, when it counted the most) able to shut down the Stampeders offense, running them out of downs for the big win.

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photos by Keith Allingham, 106.1 Chez and Katherine Shayanpour