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The 105th Grey Cup game is the CFL's championship showcase, which will be between... 
         
         vs                           


Calgary Stampeders         Toronto Argonauts     

The last time these two teams met was in 2012, in Toronto at the Rogers Centre (formerly Skydome), in that year's 100th Anniversary of the Grey Cup championship, with the Argos firmly winning that one.

Quarterbacks Ricky Ray of the Argonauts, and Kevin Glenn of the Calgary Stampeders, will be part of the rematch from that time.

The Argos fended off the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Toronto at BMO Field, Sunday Nov. 17th in the Eastern Final, in a last-minute victory appropriately led by Ray.  Final score was 25-21 in favour of Toronto.   

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/argonauts-advance-grey-cup-holding-off-roughriders/



Meantime, the Calgary Stampeders outsmarted the Edmonton Eskimos at Calgary's McMahon Stadium, Sunday Nov. 17th in the Western Final, in a 32-25 win.

Story:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/maas-mistake-sinks-eskimos-grey-cup-dreams-stampeders-move/



105th Grey Cup Game  Sunday November 26th, 2017 hosted in Ottawa at TD Place. Kickoff at 6:30pm ET. 

Halftime show to feature Canadian songstress Shania Twain:

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“It’s an absolute honour to return to the Grey Cup stage in the nation’s capital during Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Twain. “I’m thrilled to be coming home and being a part of the country’s biggest annual party.”

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“Shania is a massive Canadian icon and a global superstar, so we are so excited that she will help us cap off such a significant year for our country at the 105thGrey Cup in Ottawa,” added Randy Ambrosie, CFL Commissioner. “This promises to be a fantastic event and a special performance for our fans and viewers across Canada and all around the world. I can’t wait to get the party started at my first Grey Cup as Commissioner.”


Source:   3downnation


https://www.cfl.ca/2017/11/19/stage-set-105th-grey-cup-presented-shaw/


GO ARGOS!           

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Not just for kids...

...The 2017 Santa Claus Parade Sunday in Toronto..HO!HO!HO!...

(click on image to enlarge)




See more photos here:
https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/11/19/photos-santa-claus-parade-brings-magic-to-the-streets.html

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What could happen should U.S. President Donald Trump terminate NAFTA and what it will mean for Canada:

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/11/17/say-donald-trump-kills-nafta-heres-what-experts-say-will-happen-to-canada-analysis.html

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: The Official Technology Thread
« on: Today at 03:45:50 AM »
The future of medical diagnosis and what it will mean for both doctors & patients:

As well as being more effective, treatment will become more efficient, says David Agus, a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California. According to Agus, who is also a bestselling author on the future of health, personalized treatment and preventive strategies will lessen the financial burden on the system.

“It’s testing the right patient at the right juncture in life,” he says. Women now have a colonoscopy and a mammogram when they turn 50 even though thousands of people under that age die of breast and colon cancer every year. “Soon you’ll be able to say with accuracy whether or not you will develop a particular disease, so you and your doctor can immediately discuss prevention. This will lower health-care costs over time.”

That is the best part, something I've always hoped should be done.  If only this had come to fruition decades ago...nevertheless, prevention is the key. 

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Whoa, what a third period that was!

That no-look pass from Marner to Matthews was pure magic.  Of course, isn't that what Magical Mitch excels at.

Matthews did not skip a beat.  Rusty?  Not at all.  He merely picked up from where he left off, doing what he always does best.  That's another reason for calling him Awesome!

Another superb shutout performance from Andersen.

Les pauvres Canadiens.  All those boos.  Heads will soon roll unless nothing short of a miracle rescues les Habitants.  (Not what any of us here are hoping for).   8)

GO LEAFS GO!

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Auston Matthews
« on: Yesterday at 05:55:40 AM »
2 goals, restricted duty. Buds all day.


Love that Awesome smile.

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MotM:   Freddy!!
Hm:     Awesome Auston!

Good works by Marner, Kadri, Marleau, JVR, Bozak, Hainsey, Reilly, Zaltsev, Brown, et al. 

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1 Pittsburgh      - Chicago @ Pittsburgh
2 Tampa Bay     - New York @ Tampa Bay
3 Toronto          - Toronto @ Montreal
6 Washington    - Minnesota @ Washington
4 Vancouver      - St. Louis @ Vancouver
5 San Jose         - Boston @ San Jose

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While we're all churning the pot of doom and gloom even though the Leafs are on a winning streak, there is a story in numbers, and if it is to be believed, then the question becomes the why & the how.

The link below here attempts to answer the above.  Hint: Connor Brown has highest team minutes in a defensive role; shifting Marleau between Hyman & Brown and placing Nylander with Kadri & Komarov gives Babcock plenty of line fluidity.  Marleau, in Matthews' absence has been the best 5v5 Leaf forward.

While we all know how the Leafs are winning is in all probability non-sustainable, there is another reason.  Name?  Frederik Andersen, goaltender with the best save % in the league right now (during the course of this Leafs winning streak).

Check out Mirtle's review:
https://theathletic.com/158076/2017/11/17/mirtle-why-the-maple-leafs-are-undefeated-without-auston-matthews/

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MotM:   Andersen
Hm:       Nylander

Mentions to Zaltsev, Reilly, Kadri, JVR, Bozak, Marner, Hyman, Komarov, Hainsey, Borgman.

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Nylander!!!!

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What do you get when your team has a young,  inexpensive bench unit and who's job it is to go head-to-head against the oppositions best?  An impressive array of speed, both offensively & defensively.

Such was the case in the Raptors 125- 116 victory in New Orleans against the Pelicans Wednesday night.
Against the Rockets in their previous road win, it was O.G. Anunoby's time to shine.  Against New Orleans, and making life a little miserable for the Pelicans' Anthony Davis & DeMarcus Cousins, was Pascal Siakam & co.

The Raptors bench unit was anything but slow in contributing to their team's first half.  This paved the way for the duo of DeRozan and Lowry (throw in C.J. Miles), and away the Raptors continued being opportunitic with their passing game and the three-point shooting. 

DeRozan led for Toronto with 27 points, followed b6 Lowry with 22, Valenciunas with 21, and Miles with 17.

Though the reserves made several turnovers and at one point it looked as though the Raptors were on their way to yet anothet one of those 'inconsistent' losses, make no mistake for Miles three-point shooting gave the Raptors plenty of reasons to smile when it comes to what one can call clutch leadership, and steer the good young Raptor ship in the right direction.

Poelti, Siakam did what they had to do and when you have a veteran in-between, it can only help. 

Scary moment for Deion Wright, seen leaving the game clutching his arm/shoulder,, in obvious pain.

Story:
http://www.cbc.ca/m/sports/basketball/nba/toronto-raptors-new-orleans-pelicans-1.4404295

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Chart (from Hockey Viz) showing the Leafs taking most of their shots up close.




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A very different Toronto Raptors team last night.  Certainly playing with more fluidity offensively,  unlike their loss to the Celtics Sunday, Toronto beat the Houston Rockets 129-113 in Houston last night.

Led by OG Anunoby's career high 16 points,  and C.J. Miles' six three pointers as well as DeRozan's 27 pts., the Raptors did it right this time with better roster changes and more aggressive ball control.  The fact that they scored a team record of 45 pts., in just the second quarter alone, and 75 pts., in the first, comes to show the determination and consistency, two things that continue to plague this Raptors team at times.  Not in this road win.  Not this time.  Mistakes made in their previous game weren't allowed here.

It no doubt made a difference in the outcome.

Story:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2017/11/14/raptors-overpower-rockets-with-record-second-quarter.html

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: Roy Halladay dies in Plane Crash
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:40:18 AM »
Beautiful celebration.

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