CALGARY -- For a short while on Friday night, it looked as though Brad Sinopoli might not even see the field during the Calgary Stampeders’ pre-season opener.
With fellow third-string QB hopeful Bo Levi Mitchell putting together a strong effort in his first CFL outing, Sinopoli stood on the sidelines watching his teammates trail the Edmonton Eskimos late into the fourth quarter.
But time dwindling down at McMahon Stadium, Sinopoli dropped the clipboard in favour of his helmet, and joined the rest of his offence in the huddle.
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Brad Sinopoli threw the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion passes and Rob Maver connected on a 30-yard field goal, giving the Stamps a 20-17 win.
From that point on, the potential outcomes were endless.
Trailing by eight, and with his job seemingly on the line, Sinopoli could have buckled under the immense pressure of the moment.
Though only a pre-season game, this moment mattered for Sinopoli as a Canadian QB.
With the watchful eyes of all those who saw him flourish while enjoying a stellar CIS career with the University of Ottawa and plenty more upon him, the Peterborough Ont. native did what any other pivot would do.
With just over a minute remaining, Sinopoli capped off an impressive 11-play, 75-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Marquay McDaniel, bringing the Stamps within two points of the Edmonton lead.
One play later, Sinopoli and McDaniel hooked up once again, this time tying the game with a five-yard two-point conversion.
On Edmonton’s ensuing possession, the offence was unable to generate any traction and was forced to punt.
But defensive back David Pittman deflected the Derek Schiavone offering, giving the Stamps excellent field position to win the game.
Two plays later, Rob Maver completed the furious comeback, courtesy of a 30-yard field goal.