The 99th Grey Cup went to the BC Lions last night as they stomped on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and won the game 34-23.
Playing in front of a crowd of 54,313 CFL fans yesterday, the Lions, who were off to a mediocre start at the beginning of this season with an immediate five straight losses, were able to clinch the Cup after all.
Lions' quarterback Travis Lulay was named the Most Valuable Player of the game. “I would never wish that upon myself or anybody again to go through,” Lulay said of the Lions' early-season struggles to The Canadian Press. “It's tough coming out of the gate like that but I think this team believed we were a whole lot better than that. Without that belief system it wouldn't have allowed us to dig ourselves out of the hole. Ultimately, I honestly believed it hardened us up and made us very mentally tough and that's probably what allowed us to push through to the finish.” Lulay completed 21 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns.
The BC Lions became the first squad since the '94 Lions to capture the league title at home (it was the '72 Hamilton Ti-Cats and '77 Montreal Als who were also able to accomplish that in the past).
"We haven’t had a chance to relax in probably five months,” said Lions slotback Geroy Simon to the Calgary Herald. “Now, we can finally relax because we know what we came from. It was so hard to get out of that hole that we dug. We didn’t want to take anything for granted (Sunday). We were confident, but humble, and it’s great to finally relax and let loose now."
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