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Sports Rick Zamperin: Difference makers who will decide outcome of 107th Grey Cup

14:02  20 november  2019
14:02  20 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Rick Zamperin: 2019 Tiger-Cats feel a lot like 1999 Grey Cup winning club

  Rick Zamperin: 2019 Tiger-Cats feel a lot like 1999 Grey Cup winning club The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will meet the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 107th Grey Cup championship in Calgary on Nov. 24.Hamilton secured a spot in the Canadian Football League's 107th Grey Cup championship after a dominating 36-16 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos at Tim Hortons Field on Sunday.

The 107 th Grey Cup will be played to decide the Canadian Football League (CFL) championship for the 2019 season. The game will be televised in Canada nationally on TSN and RDS.

The 107 th edition of the Grey Cup at McMahon Stadium between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers is chock full of storylines. But these aren't your run-of-the-mill news tidbits that seem to crop up every time the Canadian Football League's championship game comes about.

a glass of water: The Grey Cup sits in the falling snow upon its arrival during the CFL's Grey Cup week in Calgary, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol The Grey Cup sits in the falling snow upon its arrival during the CFL's Grey Cup week in Calgary, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

Every Grey Cup winning team has a group of difference makers that propels them to CFL immortality, and this Sunday's combatants are no exception.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers didn't get to the Canadian Football League's marquee matchup by accident. They earned it with great coaching, superb talent and pinpoint execution.

So what is the 'it factor' that separates these teams from the rest of the pack?

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Rick Zamperin: 107th Grey Cup matchup dripping with juicy storylines

  Rick Zamperin: 107th Grey Cup matchup dripping with juicy storylines Football fans will be discussing five major storylines this week leading up to the 107th Grey Cup between Hamilton and Winnipeg this Sunday.But these aren't your run-of-the-mill news tidbits that seem to crop up every time the Canadian Football League's championship game comes about.

The 105 th Grey Cup was played on November 26, 2017 between the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario.

By Rick Zamperin 900 CHML. Posted July 26, 2019 6:00 am. While we are just about to complete the first third of the Canadian Football League season you can’t help but wonder, the way things are playing out if we are going to be watching a preview of the 107 th Grey Cup Friday night in Hamilton.

In Winnipeg, running back Andrew Harris, defensive end Willie Jefferson and new starting quarterback Zach Collaros stir the drink for the Blue Bombers.

Despite serving a two-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, 32-year-old Harris laid down one of his best seasons with a league-leading 1,380 rushing yards, 70 catches for 529 receiving yards, and eight total touchdowns.

Jefferson was an absolute menace in 2019, recording 12 sacks, six forced fumbles and a CFL-high 12 pass knockdowns. The Defensive Player of the Year nominee also helped the Bombers limit opposing rushers to a minuscule 64 yards a game.

What more can you say about Collaros? He's 3-0 since becoming Winnipeg's starting QB and has guided the club to back-to-back playoff victories in two of the hardest places to win, McMahon Stadium and Mosaic Stadium.

Let's get this party started: Grey Cup festival kicks off Wednesday

  Let's get this party started: Grey Cup festival kicks off Wednesday It’s been months in the making, but Grey Cup week has finally arrived in Calgary. Days before the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers square off in Sunday’s CFL championship showdown, players from both squads arrived in Calgary with some typical western weather in the form of a heavy snowfall . It delayed their flights by hours before the Grey Cup was paraded down Stephen Avenue over the lunch hour. Officials also offered a sneak peek at some of the events planned for the 107th Grey Cup celebrations.

The 100 th Grey Cup was a Canadian football game between the East Division champion Toronto Argonauts and the West Division champion Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League to decide the Grey Cup champions of the 2012 season.

READ MORE: Rick Zamperin : Argos shock the world and win Grey Cup . After the game, Jorden took responsibility for the game-changing flub, saying An honourable comment from Jorden who has received major kudos for accepting the heat. Fellow Stampeders receiver Marquay McDaniel also

Hamilton's core is comprised of linebacker Simoni Lawrence, receiver Brandon Banks and QB Dane Evans.

Lawrence established a career-high 98 defensive tackles in 2019 and added four sacks and three interceptions, but aside from those impressive stats, the Defensive Player of the Year candidate is the undisputed emotional leader of the Tiger-Cats.

Leading the CFL in receptions, receiving yards, receiving and total TDs has vaulted Banks into rarified air and the diminutive speedster is the favourite to win the Most Outstanding Player of the Year award Thursday night.

Evans emerged from the obscurity of being a backup quarterback in the CFL to one of the league's most amazing stories in 2019, going 11-2 after taking over from injured starter Jeremiah Masoli.

On Sunday, when the Blue Bombers and Tiger-Cats kick off the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary, each team will rely on their key players to make a difference, and the ones that do will most likely be crowned champions.

Longtime Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan wants his belt back from Willie Jefferson .
A Winnipeg fan's custom Bombers wrestling belt made its way into the Grey Cup dressing room celebrations and was prominently featured in post-game photos and videos. Carvalho said the entire Grey Cup experience was indescribable as a longtime fan who supported the Bombers through thick and (mostly) thin."The buzz... I'm still buzzin'. Just an absolute loss of words," he said. "I'm just so happy I never gave up on my team."Carvalho said he's hoping to meet up with Jefferson at Tuesday's parade to get the now-famous belt back."Technically, Willie J's still got my belt. That's gotta come back home.

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