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2016 Grey Cup
The Canadian Football League's season culminates in the Grey Cup, with the top performing teams trying to get their hands on the namesake trophy. Everyone in Canada keeps their eyes on this high energy event, as it is one of the biggest championships in the country.
Grey Cup history
The Grey Cup 2016 features the teams at the top of the West and East divisions. Its creation was inspired by the Stanley Cup, with the Grey Cup trophy originally intended for an amateur hockey league in 1909. However, this plan fell through, and the newly created cup got repurposed for football. The first Grey Cup championship took place on Dec. 4, 1909, with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues taking the win.
World War I disrupted the Grey Cup schedule starting in 1916, and it wasn't until 1920 that the games started up again. They started gaining popularity as the competition expanded to include teams across the country. In 1942, the league restricted the Grey Cup to military teams as a morale-building activity during World War II. Amateur teams competed in the Grey Cup until the 1950s, when professional teams became commonplace in the league.
Grey Cup milestones
The Grey Cup reached many significant milestones in its long history, from unusual game conditions to explosive popularity. The Fog Bowl in 1962 had fog so thick that even the players didn't know where the ball was. The talented teams started listening to the sound of the football hitting the field to keep playing. However, the match was postponed until the next day, which cemented the Grey Cup's move to Sundays.
The modern era of the 2016 Grey Cup got its start in 1997 when the Sports Network began airing the event. Tens of thousands of additional fans poured into the stadium for the championship. The atmosphere is full of energy and an intense focus on each play. Fellow fans are happy to talk about their favorite players, the chances of each team winning and countless other CFL topics. During half time and time-outs, the concession stands offer plenty of delicious food to keep everyone warm.
Grey Cup biggest event
The Grey Cup held in 1989 frequently tops the lists for the best game in its history, due to its 40-43 score. The match kept the audience on the edge of their stadium seats the entire time, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by a single field goal. The Roughriders came in as the underdog but kept up with the Tiger-Cats all four quarters.
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