This Day In Sports History (November 22nd) – Wayne Gretzky
This Day In Sports History (November 23rd) – Edmonton Eskimos
It was on this day in 1980 that the 68th Grey Cup was held at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Ontario. The Edmonton Eskimos beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 48-10 in one of the most lopsided Grey Cup matches in history.
The Edmonton Eskimos were the best team in the Canadian Football League throughout the entire 1980 season. They finished the year with a league best 13-3 record, as well as the most points scored (505) and the fewest points allowed (281). On the other hand, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ 1980 season was up-and-down as they struggled with consistency, finishing with a rather mediocre 8-7-1 regular season record. However, the Tiger-Cats seemed to find their game late in the season and were playing their best football as the playoffs approached. Unfortunately for them, they met the Eskimos in the finals and did not stand a chance.
The Eskimos were led by future NFL star and Pro Football Hall Of Famer, Warren Moon. Moon was named the Most Valuable Player, as he used his arm and legs to shred the Hamilton defense and help Edmonton to their third straight Grey Cup trophy.
Here is a short tribute to Warren Moon.
Saku Koivu, NHL – Born November 23rd 1974 (age 37) in Turku, Finland
Jonathan Papelbon, MLB – Born November 23rd 1980 (age 31) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nicklas Backstrom, NHL – Born November 23rd 1987 (age 24) in Gavle, Sweden