This Day In Sports History (November 16th) – Toronto Argonauts
It was on this day in 1997 that the Toronto Argonauts took on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 85th edition of the Grey Cup. Toronto went on to win the game 47-23 to capture the franchise’s 14th Grey Cup Championship.
Toronto was led by quarterback Doug Flutie, who was the reigning regular season and Grey Cup MVP. Flutie went on to win both awards once again, bringing his career totals to three Grey Cup MVP’s along with a record six MVP’s in the regular season. The Argonauts entered the game as heavy favorites, but things did not start out well, as Saskatchewan jumped out to an early lead. However, the Argos quickly answered, as they took the lead and never looked back.
Along with winning the game’s Most Valuable Player, Doug Flutie was awarded a brand new Dodge Dakota. Flutie would give the truck to teammate Paul Masotti, stating “I have one from last year,” referring to the one he won as the Most Valuable Player of the 1996 Grey Cup.
Here is Adrion Smith’s 95 yard kick-off return for a touchdown.
Osi Umenyiora, NFL – Born November 16th 1981 (age 31) in London, England
Amare Stoudemire, NBA – Born November 16th 1982 (age 30) in Lake Wales, Florida
Kari Lehtonen, NHL – Born November 16th 1983 (age 29) in Helsinki, Finland