by Kolby Solinsky
Editor, White Cover Magazine
The Toronto Argonauts have won their 16th Grey Cup — the 100th, in fact — and the most titles in Canadian football history.
Even though it’s a fixture now, the Argos as champs always seems to need some elbow grease. There’s no reason for this. It’s all very superficial. The Argos look a little powderpuff because, well, they are a little powderpuff. They have sky blue on their uniforms, their nickname is The Boatmen, and they’ve always seemed to lick up the slops when everyone else isn’t feeding.
The Stampeders, who were stamped out (haha) by Toronto on Sunday, 35-22, have always been a dangerous and plucky team that pulls it all together at the last minute. The Blue Bombers and Roughriders trade periods and sometimes eras of misery. The B.C. Lions are, perhaps, the CFL’s best team on an annual basis, but injuries and woeful performance in the Western Conference championship left them on the outside looking in.
The Alouettes are almost always the best team in the East, and the Tiger Cats are just the Tiger Cats.
Somehow, in 100 years of history, this team has managed to slip between the lines everyone is reading just enough.
They managed to buy a Grey Cup under John Candy. They managed to turn back the clock on Damon Allen to win in 2004, which was their last Cup win before today.
And, now, they’ve pulled another rabbit out of their hat.
How about Ricky Ray? The guy most well-known as the Eskimos’ pivot from past glories is now a late-career offensive superstar with Toronto, not unlike the aforementioned Allen or even Doug Flutie in the late 90’s.
“It feels great,” said Ray on sunday. “This is what you play for — to be able to be on a team that gets on a run and wins a championship… It just makes you feel so good. It makes you feel like all the hard work and the obstacles that you’ve overcome just pay off.
“Everybody on this team, you ask them, somewhere they had to overcome something to get to this point. We’re a family, we just came together, stuck together and just played great football.”
Congratulations to the Argonauts. They are the only team in Toronto that flies under the radar and — wouldn’t you know?! — it works.