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Dominate any Gray Cup conversation with these 10 CFL facts


Are you joining a Gray Cup this weekend?

Show your encyclopedic knowledge of CFL with these 10 fascinating facts.

Rushing ahead

Since 1992, teams that have had more races than their opponents are 21-5 in Gray Cup games. The only winning team, with a hurry for the last eight years, was Toronto in 2017; The 16-run Argus was the smallest of them ever by a victorious team.

Lucky 13

Of the 44 Redblacks who played in the 2016 Gray Cup match against Stampeders in Toronto, only 13 remained in the list and are on duty in Edmonton on Sunday: the safety of Antoine Pruneau, Dan West and Jean-Philippe Bolduc; Trevor Harris; running back Brendan Gillanders; cornerback Jonathan Rose; War Officers Alex Mateas, Jason Lauzon-Séguin, Jon Gott and Nolan MacMillan; receivers Greg Ellingson and Brad Sinopoli; defensive lineman Andrew Marshall.

Winner of the most outstanding teams and specialists, Ottawa Red Blacks kicker Lewis Ward won his prize at the Shaw CFL Awards in Edmonton on Thursday, November 22, 2018.



Half way already

Exactly 50 per cent of those who played in the 2016 Gray Cup match are on the list of competitions this year: defending Ciante Evans, Adam Thibault, Adam Berger, Brandon Smith and Jamar Wall; receivers Lemar Durant and Juwan Brescacin; Rob Maver, defensive officers Junior Turner, Jaugh Gared Davis, Micah Johnson and Derek Wiggan; defender Bo Levi Mitchell; running back Charlie Power and William Langlais; kicker René Paredes; linebacker Alex Singleton; quiet officers Spencer Wilson, Pierre-Luc Caron, Shane Bergman, Ucambre Williams and Derek Dennis.

one of a kind

Redblacks defensive back Rico Murray is the only player on both sides who played in last year's Gray Cup game in Ottawa as a member of the Toronto Argonauts. Murray was also with the Hamilton tiger teams 2013-14, who played and lost the Gray Cup games, making it one of eight 21st century players to appear in the CFL finals, a third separate team.

Turnover figures

Teams with lower turnover (intercepts, fumbles and turnover on downs) record a record of 46-5 in the Gray Cup games of 1952. Turnovers were even 15 other games.

Captains of Calgary Ante Milanovic-Liter (34) and Kaem Deem Carey (35) lead an exercise during the exercises in preparation for the Gray Cup in Edmonton.



Balls cutting

Since 2005, teams with a more offensive possession time are 12-1 in the Gray Cup games. The only exception was Calgary in the 2017 Ottawa contest.

Beasts in the East

East Division representatives won the last three Gray Cup games in Edmonton (Toronto, 47-23 over Saskatchewan in 1997, Montreal 25-16 over Edmonton in 2002, 21-18 Montreal over Saskatchewan in 2010). This year marks the first time any franchise in Ottawa played a Gray Cup game in the capital of Alberta.

Kyries Hebert from Ottawa Redblacks on the right, hitting DaVaris Daniels of Calgary Stampeders.

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Head to head

In 10 regular season matches in 2014, Stampeders have seven wins, two bets and a single loss against Redblacks. However, Ottawa won the only post-season meeting, 39-33 overtime in the 2016 Gray Cup game in Toronto.

The passage of fantasy

The Gray 2016 Cup was a total of two combined teams: 852. Henry Burris of Ottawa threw 461 meters while Bo Levi Mitchell of Calgary threw 391 meters.

Ottowa Redblacks, defender Trevor Harris (7), does not touch the Gray Cup during the media day, a head of the 16th Gray Cup in Edmonton.

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Can he do it again?

The six touch passes and 90.6 (29-to-32) finish of Redblacks QB Trevor Harris in the final weekend final division against Hamilton Tiger-Cats were the highest scores for any CFL postseason game.

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