There they were again, the nearly men. Slumped in lockers, lost in tears, silenced and crushed. It's a story the Montreal Alouettes know too well - in fact, it's nearly all they know. Worse, it has become what they are. It's harsh. But it's true, too.
The Alouettes have grown a reputation for making it to the big game, and then not being able to finish the deal. But head coach Mark Trestman experienced losing the Grey Cup for the first time, and he refuses to allow one game destroy what his team accomplished this year.
You can't go wrong with good old-fashioned rock and roll during a halftime show at a major football event. Theory of a Deadman gave the packed house at Olympic Stadium a blast of guitar-heavy riff rock during its brief set at the Grey Cup on Sunday night.
In the end, it was too much Henry Burris for the Montreal Alouettes to handle. He proved he could win the big game, passing for 328 yards and a TD and running for a game-high 79 yards to rally the Calgary Stampeders for the win.
Jack Bedell has been blogging all week about Grey Cup festivities as well as blogging live from the 96th Annual Grey Cup from the Press Box. Here is his take on the big game as well as his thoughts throughout the week.
The Stampeders not only face a formidable foe in the Montreal Alouettes, but another mighty opponent: the hostile Big O crowd. More than 63,000 tickets have already been sold for Sunday's CFL title game at the Olympic Stadium.
No one wears a bigger smile on the Montreal Alouettes these days than kicker Damon Duval. For Duval, the ordeal of passing two kidney stones at the end of the regular season was much worse than, say, having to kick a pressure field goal in the Grey Cup.
Calgary won't be unveiling a complicated zone pass defence or state-of-the-art pass rush in order to contain Montreal's high-octane offence in the Grey Cup on Sunday (TSN, 6 p.m. ET) at Olympic Stadium.
In his exclusive blog for CFL.ca, Corey Grant takes this time to say congratulations to the Calgary Stampeders and the Montreal Alouettes for having earned the right to represent the East and West divisions in the Grey Cup game.
Call it the U.S. branch of Canadian football's fan club. More than a decade after their Baltimore Stallions rode out of town, a band of Canadian pigskin diehards from Maryland have made the trek to Montreal to watch Sunday's Grey Cup.
When Calgary Stampeders centre Rob Lazeo and right tackle Jeff Pilon pull on their jerseys for Sunday's Grey Cup, it will be a moment of redemption for two players who have come as close to that thrill as possible without actually touching it.
Henry Burris did not even blink. There was almost no pause left between the question and answer yesterday when he was asked, point blank, whether he thought the West Division was the Canadian Football League's strongest.
When you're dealing with the two best aerial attacks in a pass-first league meeting in a championship game, it can be easy to forget the league's leading rusher is playing as well. Joffrey Reynolds has no problem with that. In fact, he prefers it that way.
After an 11-7 rookie season, Trestman has a chance to win the Grey Cup when the Alouettes take on the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL championship game before more than 60,000 at Olympic Stadium on Sunday (6 p.m. ET).
It used to be that about every other year, Don Matthews would ride into Grey Cup week on a wave of his own irascible words. Instead we will have a lawyer and a former quarterback coaching the Montreal Alouettes and the Calgary Stampeders in the 96th Grey Cup.