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Published Monday, November 19, 2012 4:23PM MST
Last Updated Monday, November 19, 2012 6:45PM MST
The Calgary Stampeders have earned a trip to the Grey Cup after defeating the B.C. Lions at home in the West Final on Sunday.
The Stamps locker room was packed with players and the media on Monday just one day after the underdogs took down the favourites for a berth to the cup.
“This team is more than the sum of its parts. You can subtract any one member from the team and you still have a great football squad. It’s remarkable and there’s a reason why I’ve said this is the best team I’ve played for cause I’ve never seen that before,” said Jon Cornish. “I think this team deserves this opportunity to face their fear.”
The Stamps won the game 34 – 29 and will now face the Toronto Argonauts in Toronto this weekend.
The two teams have met twice this season and the Argos came out on top in both matches but the Stamps say they are focused.
“You don’t have to psyche yourself up to maintain focus, you know what the goal at hand is so it’s pretty easy,” said Corey Mace.
“It means everything to me. I mean, this is my first year in the league and you know to be going to the Grey Cup in my first year and for it to be the 100th Grey Cup, it means a lot,” said Maurice Price.
“It’s the Grey Cup so all or nothing right?” said Juwan Simpson.
Stamps Quarterback Kevin Glenn says he it feels good to win.
“It feels real good,” said Glenn. “When Drew went down and we found out that I was actually going to be playing, it was kinda like the, that was the thing, you know, everybody was going around saying hey we’re going to get back there for you so you can get a chance to redeem yourself and bring that Grey Cup home.”
“I think everybody that’s a Calgary Stampeder fan feels the same way, very, very pleased that he had the game that he did. He responded to a pressure situation the way he did and led this football team to a very important win,” said Head Coach John Hufnagel. “It’s going to be a good football game.”
Fans in Calgary packed into the Stamps Store at McMahon on Monday, eager to get their hands on some souvenirs and memorabilia.
“We’re going to be very busy this week, jerseys, hats, T-shirts,” said Alan Harvie, Director of Merchandise for the Calgary Stampeders. “I would say half the fans that have come in today are going to be there.”
The 100th Grey Cup gets underway on Sunday, November 25 at 4:00 p.m. MST from Toronto.
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