The Kissing Bandit strikes again: Adriano Belli plants one on Jeff Keeping after the Toronto Argonauts’ win over the Montreal Alouettes to secure a Grey Cup berth. (Photo: Christinne Muschi/Reuters)
Bruce Arthur on the CFL East final: Between the Pix-IX metro stop and Olympic Stadium you walk past the minor-hockey kids with change buckets, the girl scouts selling chocolates, the scalpers, the kid selling plastic horns, the credit-card hawkers, the survey-takers, the cops, the paramedics, the security guards, the Alouettes cheerleaders selling calendars. They all know their roles; everyone has done this before. This was the ninth CFL East final in Montreal in the last 13 years, and the Alouettes had won seven of the previous eight. It is practically tradition.
And this year, everything changed. The Toronto Argonauts were the more resilient team, even while performing a pile of circus-reel mistakes. The Argonauts were the team with the better quarterback, the better receiver, the better running back, the biggest plays. And the Argonauts, last in the East in 2011 and a 48-17 loser in this game in 2010, won this one 27-20, and get to play the 100th Grey Cup at home.