It’s the 102nd Grey Cup

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The 102nd Grey Cup is in the sports news and sports on the web in Canada right now and it has been a tradition north of the 49th parallel for generations. As far as tradition goes, the Grey Cup dwarfs the National Football League. The Canadian Football League was organized and running while the NFL was just a willy nilly disorganized bunch playing a half assed game in a sand lot somewhere.

The CFL lacks all of the hype, pomp and pageantry of the NFL broadcasts but make no mistake, the CFL is a very entertaining brand of football. Many an NFL star has come north of the boarder, only to crash and burn because they did not have the skill sets to become a star in the CFL.

One of the oldest trophies in Team sports

The Grey Cup

There are many differences between the two games but suffice to say the main difference is mobility and passing to stand out in the CFL. If so inclined check Allsports post back in November of 2008 to see the differences in the football leagues.

This year the Hamilton Tiger Cats travel to Vancouver to take on the Calgary Stampeders. Hamilton represented the East in last year’s Grey Cup but they are hoping for a better fate this time around. They will surely have their work cut out for them as Calgary was by far the best time in the league during the regular season and made short work of the Edmonton Eskimos in last week’s Western Final. Hamilton does have a secret weapon though suiting up for the black and gold. That weapon is Brandon Banks who is a threat to break it open every time he touches the ball, whether on a kick return or receiving a pass. He is small in stature but has speed and agility to burn. He has the knack of making would be tacklers miss and is the Ticats Ace in the hole for the Grey cup games.

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Leaf Nation is in for a roller coaster ride of a season

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Up here in Toronto this time of year has the Toronto Maple Leafs filling up the sports news and sports on the web. The NFL is starting to sort out the contenders from the pretenders. The Canadian Football League is into the Conference Finals with the winners going on to the Grey Cup. Yes there is quite a bit of interest in the two football leagues but let’s face it, Toronto is a hockey town and the Toronto Maple Leafs eat up the lion’s share of the sports news space.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a charter member of the NHL

The Toronto Maple Leafs Logo

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been doing their best impression of Dr. Jackal and Mr. Hide so far this season. Looking like legitimate contenders one game, then turning around and playing like an East Coast hockey team in the next. It must be driving Coach Randy Carlyle crazy from the team’s inconsistency. How can you look so good in one game (The Toronto Maple Leafs beat a very good Tampa team last night handily 5-2). Then stink the rink out as they did 48 hours earlier getting thumped by Nashville 9-2. Is Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment LTD saving money by dressing a poor junior team for half of the games? Shanahan, Nonis and Carlyle must all be shaking their heads in disbelief at the way the season has gone so far. It would drive lesser men to drink. Carlyle and Shanahan must be ready to choke someone because throughout both of their distinguished playing careers, they were anything but inconsistent. They do realize that there are some young guys on the team that are going to make mistakes but when the same mental mistakes keep happening you have to start to wonder. It can’t just be blamed on the young guys either. Some of the seasoned veterans are making the same rookie mistakes too. So make sure your seat belts are good and secure, Leafs Nation because the season is turning into quite the roller coaster ride. But will the roller coaster stop at a playoff spot?

And that’s the sports news and sports on the web, or the way I see it anyway.

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Madison Bumgarner derails Royals for third World Series Title

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The World Series is over in the sports news and sports on the web. It was a great World Series and went the distance, but in the end Allsports prediction was a strike out. That was exactly what Madison Bumgarner did to the Royals all World Series. He was a horse, throwing something like 257 pitches and made history doing it. Bumgarner was the difference in the World Series, recording two wins and a save out of the Giants four wins and there was no doubt that he was the series MVP. Honorable mention for MVP has go to Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval. Pence batted .444 scoring 7 runs and batting in 5, Sandoval batted .429 scoring 6 runs and batting in 4.  Allsports knew Madison Bumgarner would be the dark horse in the World Series but never imagined that he would be so dominant and shut down the Royals so completely. We witnessed history in the making and Bumgarner had a series for the ages. He had a World Series  ERA of 0.43 and held the Royals to a .127 batting average over 21 innings of work. Lights out whenever he took the mound. His ERA and opposition batting average are the lowest in World Series history (minimum of 15 innings, Sandy Koufax, had a 0.38 ERA in the 1965 World Series)

Sandy Koufax won the World Series four times during his career

Sandy Koufax

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Two Wild Card teams refuse to lose and meet in the World Series

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The World Series is now front and center in the sports news and sports on the web. It will be the second time in MLB Playoffs history that the teams battling in the World Series are both wild card teams. The first was the Angels beating the Giants in the 2002 World Series. Taking the longest road possible to reach the pinnacle of the World Series. You have the young upstart Royals that swept through the American League ALDS and ALCS championships to reach the World Series against a MLB playoff Giants team that has been about the most consistent in the game over the last five years. It will be their third World Series appearance in those five years and they won both of their previous appearances to become World Series Champions. When the Royals swept through the American League playoffs it was the first time since the 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks that a team went through the division series and the conference final without losing a game. Talk about peaking at the right time. So how did these teams make it to the World Series, the pinnacle of professional Baseball.

The American League is often called the Junior Circuit. Who will represent in the MLB Playoffs

American League Logo

The Royals frustrated the Orioles completely with their defense and timely hitting and the Royals bullpen really shortened the game. If you have not scored before the seventh inning with those guys, chances are you won’t be. The Royals pen reminds Allsports of the 1992 Blue Jays where Dwayne Ward and Tom Henkie cleaned house from the seventh inning on. Lorenzo Cain was a thorn in the Orioles side all series long and recorded eight hits in fifteen at bats for a .533 average. He was rightfully named the MVP of the series but honorable mention has to go out to the Royals bullpen for shutting the door on a very dangerous Orioles team.

The National League, also known as the senior circuit, who will represent in the MLB Playoffs

National League Logo

In the National League Allsports did pick the Cardinals to win it but two things happened that made it so it was not in the cards for them, pardon the pun. First the Cardinals lost their all world catcher in Yadier Molina who suffer an oblique muscle strain and could not swing a bat. Secondly a guy named Madison Bumgarner out pitched Cards ace Adam Wainwright in there two starts to swing the tables into the Giants favor. Bumgarner was throwing BB’s up there for the Cards to hit without much luck. He pitched 15.2 innings, giving up three runs and the Cards batted .170 against him. He has been a horse for the Giants and Allsports feels he is the best money pitcher in the game today. He just wins baby and he received the NL MVP. Allsports thought it would have been interesting to see Molina trying to throw out the speedy Royals on the base paths but it just was not to be.

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