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Let’s get you prepared for the Gray Cup
The CFL championship sport kicks off Sunday at 6 p.m. ET in Edmonton. Whether or not you are an avid fan otherwise you simply bought invited to a Gray Cup get together and need to really feel within the loop, listed below are some fundamentals to get you set for the sport:
Calgary is the favorite. However that hasn’t helped them the final two years. Bookies have the Stampeders favoured by 4 factors over the Ottawa Redblacks. So, in the event you guess on Calgary utilizing the purpose unfold, they must win by 5 so as so that you can accumulate. In case your cash’s on Ottawa, they will win the sport outright or lose by as much as three factors (if Calgary wins by 4, all people will get their a refund). The Stamps hope the third time’s a appeal — they had been additionally favoured to beat Toronto final 12 months and Ottawa the 12 months earlier than, and so they had been upset each occasions.
The Stampeders have the CFL’s high participant. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell gained the Most Excellent Participant award after throwing for a league-best 35 touchdowns within the common season. He additionally gained it in 2016.
However the Redblacks have the highest Canadian. Receiver Brad Sinopoli gained his second excellent Canadian award after making 116 catches — essentially the most ever in a single season by a participant from north of the border.
And Ottawa additionally has the perfect feel-good story. Kicker Lewis Ward was named the CFL’s high rookie and special-teams participant. He made an astounding 51 of his 52 field-goal tries (that is a league-record 98.1 per cent) and is driving a streak of 48 (!) straight makes. All that by a man who was on the sidelines for final 12 months’s Gray Cup sport… working as a safety guard.
The Redblacks dodged a bullet, too. Ottawa shall be glad to have Jonathan Rose on the sphere to assist include Mitchell and the Calgary offence. The star defensive again was suspended earlier this week for one sport for shoving an official through the East closing. However his attraction will not be heard earlier than Sunday’s sport, so he’ll play. Rose is nice at creating turnovers — he tied for the league lead this 12 months in each interceptions and compelled fumbles.
The halftime act is Canadian singer Alessia Cara. If you do not know her, you’ve got in all probability heard her songs Right here and Scars To Your Stunning. They’re on the radio loads. Canadian nation artist Brett Kissel is doing the nationwide anthem.
We’ll discover out the title of the potential Halifax CFL workforce tonight. It will be both Atlantic Schooners or Atlantic Storm, in accordance with the businessman attempting to land an enlargement franchise. Anthony LeBlanc and his group have submitted a stadium proposal to Halifax Regional Council. They need public cash to assist pay for his or her proposed 24,000-seat venue, which they are saying may value as much as $190 million. If a deal will be made, there’s an excellent probability Halifax will get a workforce. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie is pushing for one within the Atlantic area. “I actually desire a franchise there,” he informed CBC Sports activities’ Devin Heroux.
Erik Guay will race one final time. Updating a narrative from yesterday, it seems the standout Canadian alpine skier plans to compete as soon as extra this weekend earlier than retiring. At publish time yesterday we had been below the impression that Guay had determined to stroll away efficient instantly. However the 25-time World Cup podium finisher (that is a Canadian document) will make Sunday’s super-G at Lake Louise, Alta., his farewell race. You possibly can stream it stay on CBCSports.ca at 2 p.m. ET or watch it on TV on CBC’s Highway to the Olympic Video games present at three p.m. native time.
Here is what to observe this weekend
The weekend is right here. Which means a number of sports activities. That is what it is best to watch:
Golf — The Tiger vs. Phil match (three p.m. ET). However provided that you do not have to pay for it. A made-for-TV, match-play showdown between the 2 largest golfers of their era? Stable concept. Placing it on pay-per-view and charging $20 for it? That is the place you lose me. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are taking part in for $9 million — the winner will get all of it, although each guys have a hand in staging the occasion, so it is laborious to consider the loser really walks away with nothing — and so they’ve additionally agreed to a $200Ok aspect guess on the primary gap. This may very well be enjoyable, nevertheless it additionally feels prefer it’s taking place — just like the past-due Mayweather-Pacquiao struggle a couple of years again — 10 years too late.
U.S. school soccer — Michigan vs. Ohio State (midday ET). Each groups are ranked within the high 10 heading into this 12 months’s renewal of some of the bitter rivalries in sports activities. Michigan (ranked No. 4) is the betting favorite regardless of being on the highway. However the Wolverines have misplaced 13 of their final 14 conferences with the Buckeyes. That is the regular-season finale for a pair of colleges eyeing a spot within the four-team playoff for the nationwide championship.
Canadian school soccer — Vanier Cup (1 p.m. ET). Should you like your school ball in three-down type, flip over to this conflict of the highest two Canadian applications — Western and Laval. It is a rematch of final 12 months’s title sport, which Western gained 39-17 to assert its seventh nationwide championship. This one, although, is being held in Laval’s yard in Quebec Metropolis. The Rouge et Or want to pad their all-time lead by profitable their 10th Vanier Cup.
The 106th Gray Cup (6 p.m. ET). We just about coated this up above, so I will simply offer you my playing choose: I just like the Stamps to keep away from their third consecutive loss within the title sport (getting near Buffalo Payments territory there) and do it in convincing-enough vogue. I will lay the 4 factors and take Calgary.
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