By IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA
There is one French phrase the Calgary Stampeders are glad they won't hear Sunday.
Faites du bruit. (Make some noise).
The problem is the Montreal Alouettes fans won't need much probing to yell, scream and shout during the Grey Cup at Olympic Stadium.
Because this is the championship game and technically neutral site, the home side won't be able to play 'faite du bruit, make some noise' over and over again the way they do at Molson Stadium.
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Stamps thinkin' Al-loud
The Alouettes, on the other hand, will not rattle if things go sour. They are too veteran to stop believing - - which is a big thing in a big game. They have an inspirational leader in Cavillo and will rally around him always.
But, when it gets down to the matter, line play will define this game. It's the Stamps' relative youth on both sides of the ball versus the ol' vets dotting Alouette lines. Who will dominate when most needed?
The Stampeders coming into this season injected a lot of youth, particularly on defense. In relative terms, has their transformation progressed too quickly to already be in this position(?) But, it's a good mix to complement the potency of their offense, so hats off!
And, the thing I like most about the Stampeders is that they steadily improved as the season wore on. This is a much better team than the one I saw in July. I wondered about it by Labor Day; however, they showed me how competitive they'd be every game since.
The Alouettes haven't seen a team battle harder than the Stampeders against them this year. This is not as up-hill as you might imagine despite the Alouettes playing at home. In contrast to many Grey Cups of the past, this game is as winnable for the Stampeders than it is for the opposition.
Prediction: Stamps over the Alouttes - - 27 - 16.
Mel Auten, 2008-11-23 12:08:25
Compared say with Hamilton, we aren't even close. The Hamilton fans don't need any such motivation to get on the opposition.
In the Big O this may be different because it's closed in, but I'll have to see it - or rather hear it.
As for an advantage the noise level may be factor, but Calgary will be ready.
The game is going to be won on the field and this is the real deal with the league's 2 best teams coming through.
The Als are going to have to get separation from the Stamps DB's who literally were draped over them in the season.
Should be a heck of a game
and with Calvillo and Cahoon sensing possibly their last great shot at the Cup. I think the Als win in a shootout 39 - 37.
Andy V., 2008-11-20 19:28:29