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

Football and snow angels?

photos by Katherine Shayanpour and Kimberly Boville-Belair

Today in Ottawa, the hometown RedBlacks are taking on the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL’s Eastern Conference final for the chance to play in the Grey Cup.  For you American football lovers, that’s our equivalent to your Super Bowl in the NFL.  Although Edmonton plays in the Western division, the fact that their season record was better than other Eastern division teams gave them a chance (called a crossover) to play off in the Eastern final.  If they beat Ottawa, there would be two Western division teams in the Grey Cup final next week.

The weather forecast predicted snow and blustery conditions today after unseasonably mild temperatures for the past month.  For once, the weather forecast was bang on.  Here in Canada we are somewhat used to playing football in the snow, although apparently there are some players on the field today that are not.

Greg Ellingson has obviously played in the snow before.  After catching a beautiful pass for the Ottawa Redblacks’ first touchdown, Ellingson created a celebratory snow angel in the end zone…

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photo by @CFL

Although the Ottawa Redblacks were winning 17-3 at halftime, there were a few tense, nail-biting minutes in the last quarter where the Edmonton Eskimos came close to tying it up, the score getting as close as 28-23.  Lots of slipping, sliding, and fumbles, a few too many dropped pass completions and turnovers, but the Redblacks held on to the lead and came out on top 35-23.

photos by Kimberly Boville-Belair and Katherine Shayanpour

Congratulations to the Ottawa RedBlacks. Bring on the Grey Cup!