The 2016 Grey Cup features two of the top teams in the Canadian Football League, the Stampeders vs RedBlacks. On one side of the ball, there is journeyman quarterback Henry Burris on the Ottawa RedBlacks, having won two previous Grey Cups with Calgary, and could be at the very end of his Hall Of Fame career. Opposite him is the much younger Bo Levi Mitchell of the Calgary Stampeders, having already won a Grey Cup in his young career back in 2014. He could have the potential to win at least a few more, having the tools to become one of the greatest ever quarterbacks in the game, as well as being on the team with the most depth and experience, just to name a few.
Stampeders vs RedBlacks — the ideal Grey Cup match up
The RedBlacks have only been in existence for three seasons now, but already they find themselves in back-to-back Grey Cup appearances, losing last year’s edition to the Edmonton Eskimos. Even though 2016 hasn’t been the best season for these RedBlacks, having gone 8-9-1 in the regular season, they have been resilient thus far in the post season. Players like Burris, Brad Sinopoli, and Greg Ellingson have carried this team on their backs, and head coach Rick Campbell has done an excellent job so far.
First year head coach Dave Dickenson has done nothing short of an amazing job with the Stampeders, going 15-2-1 in his inaugural season on the sidelines. Mitchell has been solid, putting up numbers with ease, and almost single-handedly taking his team to the Grey Cup, making short work of the B.C. Lions in the playoffs up to this point. Although some fans of teams who didn’t make it might say that this isn’t the ideal match up, I would argue that it is. The top two teams in the league are going to battle it out for the Grey Cup. It’s Calgary versus Ottawa, Mitchell versus Burris, West versus East. It could be a blowout, or it could be the best Grey Cup ever witnessed. The best part? We don’t have to wait much longer.
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