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Jason is the mascot of the Toronto Argonauts; Image by Joyce Grant.
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A Celebration Of Canadian Football

On Sunday night, Canada celebrated a great game and a big anniversary.

It was the 100th anniversary of the football championship that decides who takes the most important prize in the Canadian Football League — the Grey Cup.

Across the country, and all over Toronto, Canadians were cheering for the Toronto Argonauts or the Calgary Stampeders.

At noon on Sunday, fans converged on Varsity Stadium in downtown Toronto for a “fan march,” a big parade of Canadian football fans.

The Argos’ mascot, Jason, bounced around the crowd giving people high-fives.

The Stampeders’ mascot, Ralph, made his way through the mostly Toronto crowd.

But it didn’t matter who you were rooting for–the real celebration was about the game itself.

“The only play is the next play,” the coach for the Argos told his team before the big game.

At the same time, in the other dressing room, the coach for the Stampeders reminded his team that, “one word — team — is why we’re here.”

The Grey Cup. Image: Roland Tanglao
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Canada Gets Grey Cup Fever, Toronto Hotel Gets A Visit From A Horse

Excitement is building as Canadians everywhere are getting Grey Cup fever.

The fever is particularly high in Toronto. Not only will the game be played there, but the Toronto Argonauts are one of the teams vying for the championship.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Grey Cup championship, which decides which Canadian Football League (CFL) team is the best.

It is played between the winners of the CFL’s East and West Divisional playoffs.

The Toronto Argonauts are set to play the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday.

The winner will take home the trophy known as The Grey Cup.

Toronto was the site for the first Grey Cup, back in 1912.

The 2012 game will also be played in Toronto, at the Rogers Centre.

It’s unusual for the city hosting the Grey Cup to also have their team playing in the Grey Cup.

The last time Toronto won the Grey Cup while playing at home was in 1952.

Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford. Image: MTLskyline
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Toronto Mayor In Another Unusual Situation

Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford, is in the middle of another controversy.

It happened last week. He was on the field with the high school football team he coaches, the Don Bosco Eagles.

The coach of the other team got into a confrontation with the referee.

Police were called in to deal with the situation.

That’s where the situation gets confusing.

The police called the Toronto Transit Commission. Police asked the TTC to send a bus to the field to pick up Ford’s team.

Unfortunately, that meant kicking passengers off two buses—stranding them in the rain—and sending those then-empty buses to the field to pick up the high school football team.

The mayor said when the buses didn’t show up promptly, he called the head of the TTC and left him a message.

Peyton Manning; Image: Jeffrey Beall
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Broncos Come Back To Shock Chargers

Football quarterback Peyton Manning’s comeback season continues to develop.

Manning missed all of last year with a serious neck injury.

He is back in the National Football League (NFL) and playing quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

Manning has accomplished much in his career.

He has been a four-time NFL Most Valuable Player and a Super Bowl winner.

Last Monday he had a night to remember, adding to his historic NFL career.

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Bad Calls By Replacement Refs Irritating NFL Players, Fans

In any sport, referees sometimes make mistakes.

After all, no one’s perfect.

But major league football teams have been irritated by the unusually high number of bad mistakes made by the referees these days, including a bizarre call on Monday night.

The National Football League (NFL) is using stand-in refs.

The league’s usual referees are in a contract dispute and are unable to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

So the NFL has brought in replacement refs that aren’t as well trained or as experienced.

And they’re making some bad calls.

On Monday night, there was an especially poor call made by a ref that directly affected the outcome of a game.

Poor Sportsmanship Leaves Door Open For Man City Soccer Victory
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Poor Sportsmanship Leaves Door Open For Man City Soccer Victory

England loves soccer. English soccer teams play in the Premier League (PL).

Two of the biggest soccer teams in the PL are two of the bitterest rivals: Manchester City, known as “Man City” and Manchester United, known as “Man United.”

Last weekend, one of the most exciting games in the PL took place… and it came down to the final moments. It was a game that would decide who took home the cup.

If Man City won its game against the Queens Park Rangers, Man City would end up with more points than its rival, Man United. In that case, Man City would win its first PL championship in 44 years.

However, a win wouldn’t come easy.

In 2011, Running back, Fred Jackson, scored 6 touchdowns in just 10 games for the Buffalo Bills.
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Physically Challenged Bills Fan Protests Blackout Rule

Ralph Wilson Stadium – the home field for the Buffalo Bills football team – seats more than 70,000 people.

If the Bills do not sell every last ticket to a home game, the game is not shown on TV.

This is a rule put in place by the National Football League (NFL). It’s called a “blackout rule.” TV games are “blacked out” – not shown – if the stadium is not full.

Peyton Manning playing for the Indianapolis Colts at the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Image: Cpl. Michelle M. Dickson.
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Football Superstar Peyton Manning Signs With Denver

Football fans are pretty excited in Denver, Colorado this week.

That’s because football superstar, Peyton Manning, has decided to join the Denver Broncos.

Manning is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. He is the only player in the NFL to be named Most Valuable Player (MVP) four times.

Because he’s so good, the 35-year-old could choose just about any team to play for. He chose the Broncos because he thinks they can win the Super Bowl. He wants another Super Bowl ring.

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The Giants Take The 2012 Super Bowl

Yesterday, The New York Giants and the New England Patriots faced off in the year’s most important football game — the Super Bowl.

The game was played in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The two teams had faced each other at the Super Bowl before, four years ago. And just like the game back in 2008, the Giants won.

The final score this year was New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17.

It was a terrific contest between two great football teams, two fantastic coaches, and it was also a rematch between two great quarterbacks.

Dream Weekend For Canadian Football Fans
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Dream Weekend For Canadian Football Fans

Last weekend, Canadian football fans had a lot to be happy about.

First, they were treated to one of the best Vanier Cups of all time.

Then, the Canadian Football League’s (CFL’s) biggest prize, The Grey Cup, was also awarded.

On Friday, two very different teams competed for the Vanier Cup, the trophy for Canadian Inter-university Sport (CIS) football.

Laval, the defending champions, boasted an incredible defense which allowed opponents a measly 12 points a game throughout the 2011 season.

McMaster, which hadn’t appeared in the CIS final in 41 years, possessed a strong offense featuring one of the league’s top quarterbacks, Kyle Quinlan.