The 1981 Edmonton Football Team has been crowned The Greatest Grey Cup Champion by the CFL on TSN experts.
Led by Canadian Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon, the 1981 version of Edmonton highlighted the club’s run of dominance from 1978-1982.
A statistical look at what helped make the 1981 Edmonton Football Team the best of the best when it comes to Grey Cup champions (stats via Jon Perlberg):
- Edmonton finished the 1981 season first in the West Division with a 14-1-1 record, their .906 win percentage still the highest ever in a season of 16 games or more.
- All 14 of the team’s wins were by 10 or more points that season as well, which is also still a Canadian Football League record.
- Edmonton was a perfect 9-0 at home, including playoffs. Their dominance with home field advantage was emphasized by two wins of 50 points or more at a then just three-year-old Commonwealth Stadium that season.
- Edmonton also finished the season with a CFL best +41 turnover difference, a record that still stands today.
Behind centre, Moon also set a number of team records in 1981. He threw for 3,959 yards with his 10.5 yards per play first in the CFL. He also threw 27 touchdown passes, with his 2.25 touchdown/interception ratio first in the CFL, and a league-leading 62.7 completion percentage.
Moon was 5-0 in fourth quarter comeback attempts, including the West Final and Grey Cup.
The 1981 Edmonton Football Team featured 12 Canadian Football Hall of Famers: Moon, head coach Hugh Campbell, Dave Cutler, Ron Estay, Dave Fennell, Larry Highbaugh, Hank Ilesic, Brian Kelly, Dan Kepley, James Parker, Tom Scott, and Tom Wilkinson.
And 11 members of The Greatest Grey Cup Champion team would earn a spot on Edmonton’s Wall of Honour: Cutler, Estay, Fennell, Highbaugh, Kelly, Kepley, Moon, Hector Pothier, Scott, Bill Stevenson, and Wilkinson.
Edmonton beat out a Toronto Argonauts team that was extremely impressive statistically as well.
- The Argos finished the 1997 season 15-3 with 10 straight regular season wins.
- The 1997 Argos also had both the top offensive and defensive units in the league. On average the Double Blue averaged 414.4 net yards, 317.1 passing yards, and 36.7 points per game. Defensively, Toronto averaged 266.3 net yards against and 18.2 point against per game, while also finishing with 49 quarterback sacks.
The Argos also cleaned up the year-end honours in 1997, winning four major awards and having nine players named CFL All-Stars.
- Most Outstanding Player – Doug Flutie
- Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Mike Kiselak
- Most Outstanding Rookie – Derrell ‘Mookie’ Mitchell
- Coach of the Year – Don Matthews
The 1997 Argos featured six Canadian Hall of Famers: Flutie, Mitchell, Matthews, Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons, Mike O’Shea, and Pierre Vercheval. Pinball Clemons has also had his number retired by the club.
Report: Rockets trade Westbrook for Wall – TSN
HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets have traded Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a future lottery-protected. first-round pick.
Both teams announced the trade Wednesday night.
The move ends Westbrook’s tenure in Houston after just one disappointing season. Westbrook was traded from Oklahoma City or Chris Paul and draft picks in July 2019.
The Rockets had hoped that the 32-year-old Westbrook would be the final piece they needed to win their first title since winning back-to-back championships in 1994-95. But instead were eliminated from the playoffs by the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals.
Westbrook was the 2017 NBA MVP and is a nine-time All-Star.
Wall, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, has spent his entire career in Washington. He’s a five-time All-Star.
AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.
A beaming smile behind the mask says it all for Russell – F1i.com
George Russell broke out into a beaming smile that even his mask couldn’t hide when he tried out for size his Mercedes ride for next weekend’s Sakhir Grand Prix.
Stepping up from perhaps the slowest car on the grid to F1’s fastest contender is a daunting task, but Russell will no doubt make the most of the unexpected but amazing opportunity to showcase his undisputable talent.
And who knows, this weekend’s one-off could be the harbinger of a full-time involvement with the mighty Mercedes team after 2021, a fantastic warm up of sorts for the 22-year-old charger.
Lakers make re-signings of LeBron James, Anthony Davis official – Sportsnet.ca
James’ deal was announced first, with the four-time MVP inking a two-year, $85 million contract through the 2022-23 season on Wednesday. The extension will take him into his age 39/40 season, and yet was a no-brainer for the Lakers, who are coming off a championship in which James was the Finals MVP.
“LeBron James is a transcendent basketball player, and human being,” said vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka in a press release. “LeBron put his trust in the Lakers in 2018, and now this contract extension paves the way for LeBron to further solidify his legacy as an all-time Lakers great. We could not be more honoured by this commitment.”
Davis, who was a free agent this off-season, signed his new deal with the Lakers only hours after James on Thursday morning, opting for a five-year contract worth up to $190 million. Many thought the 27-year-old would sign for two years with a player option for the third season, as that would have given him the most flexibility possible and allowed him to re-enter the market for his next deal having just met the criteria (10 years of service) to earn up to 35 per cent of the cap.
Instead, Davis took the largest contract he could in the present moment — a win for both sides, certainly, but one that also shows trust from Davis in the Lakers organization.
“In the Orlando bubble, Anthony Davis proved he is one of the game’s most complete and dominant two-way players,” Pelinka said of the big man. “Now, Lakers fans get to watch AD continue to grow and lead our franchise for years to come. This is truly a blessed moment for Lakers Nation.”
Both players, it seems, expect to play the rest of (or, at least, most of) their respective careers in purple and gold.
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