Predicting a Stamps victory

  • Nov. 26, 2014 4:37 p.m.

The two teams for the 102nd Grey Cup have been decided with Calgary and Hamilton set to do battle in Vancouver.

Both playoff games told a story about post-season football.

Forget what you did to get there and stay in the moment.

The Stamps and Tiger Cats did just that while Edmonton and Montreal failed to step it up a notch which is key to winning in late November in this league.

In the west final Edmonton got behind so quickly they couldn’t establish the run game.

John White only had eight carries and if he is running it makes it a whole lot easier to throw.

While Edmonton did plenty of passing with 48 attempts it just wasn’t the same with Mike Reilly back there.

He did run but not nearly as effectively with the bad wheel and that raises the question of maybe he was more injured than we were led to believe.

Many will question why he was in there in the semi-final versus Saskatchewan as he was ineffective but that’s second guessing.

The Stamps meanwhile showed they are far more an offensive team than Jon Cornish.

Edmonton meanwhile needed much more than Adarius Bowman.

In the east final Zach Collaros showed he can lead a team and made the decision to send Smilin’ Hank Burris packing which appeared to be a wise one.

The help he received from one of the most exciting players in the league, Brandon Banks, was the icing on the cake (or maybe the doughnut given the Tim Horton’s connection there).

Hamilton was easily the better team but both franchises can look back on the regular season and build on how they turned things around.

Early in the year any east/west game was almost decided beforehand given how weak the east teams appeared to be.

This league final looks to be a good one though as Hamilton will give Calgary all they can handle.

I hate making predictions and I know this might come back to haunt me but here goes as I throw caution to the wind.

It will be closer than most think but the Stamps get the nod in Vancouver with a 37-28 win.

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