Grey Cup 102: Cats Claw Close

The Hamilton Tiger Cats had a Grey Cup dry spell of desert proportions over the past decade or so. But following last year’s loss to the Roughriders in Regina, the Cats returned to the Canada football championship for the second year running in 2014, with hopes of winning it all. Sadly, it was not to be. A glacially slow start put the Tabbies behind – way behind – and, despite their best attempts at snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, they fell short, 20-16. A last minute Brandon Banks kick return for a touchdown (and how many times have we seen that this season), was called back because of a penalty. There would be no miracle finish in Vancouver; and now, the work begins for next season. Here’s a look at all the hoopla, and game action, from a busy guy on the sidelines at Grey Cup 2014. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. The Cats get ready to take to the field. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. The Cats get ready to take to the field. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Hamilton's Sir John . Macdonald football team took in the Grey Cup. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Hamilton’s Sir John . Macdonald football team took in the Grey Cup. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Some faces just stand out in a crowd. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Some faces just stand out in a crowd. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Cat fans and their signs in the stands at BC Place. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Cat fans and their signs in the stands at BC Place. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Some rowdy Ticat fans ready for action. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Some rowdy Ticat fans ready for action. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Cat fans of a different colour in the stands. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Cat fans of a different colour in the stands. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Country artist Dallas Smith entertains at the pregame ceremony. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Country artist Dallas Smith entertains at the pregame ceremony. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. DE Justin Hickman takes to the field after being introduced.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. DE Justin Hickman takes to the field after being introduced. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticats RB Nic Grigsby is hauled down. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticats RB Nic Grigsby is hauled down. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Stampeders Eric Rogers lunges for some yards. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Stampeders Eric Rogers lunges for some yards. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Stampeders Nik Lewis goes airborne. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Stampeders Nik Lewis goes airborne. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Stampeders Nik Lewis is wrapped up by Cats Craig Butler. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Stampeders Nik Lewis is wrapped up by Cats Craig Butler. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticat defenders double team Stampeders Simon Charbonneau-Campeau.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticat defenders double team Stampeders Simon Charbonneau-Campeau. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Cat kicker Justin Medlock had this field goal attempt blocked in the first half. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Cat kicker Justin Medlock had this field goal attempt blocked in the first half. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Stampeder QB and game MVP Bo Levi Mitchell scrambles. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Stampeder QB and game MVP Bo Levi Mitchell scrambles. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticat receiver Luke Tasker is tackled. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticat receiver Luke Tasker is tackled. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Rico Murray tackles Stampeder Eric Rogers. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Rico Murray tackles Stampeder Eric Rogers. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticats Brandon Banks looks for some room to run. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticats Brandon Banks looks for some room to run. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Cats Nic Grigsby looks for an opening. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Cats Nic Grigsby looks for an opening. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Calgary receiver Maurice Price is tackled by Ticats Rico Murray. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Calgary receiver Maurice Price is tackled by Ticats Rico Murray. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticats Brandon Banks is grabbed by Calgary's Adam Thibault. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticats Brandon Banks is grabbed by Calgary’s Adam Thibault. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticat receiver Andy Fantuz in a lot of traffic. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticat receiver Andy Fantuz in a lot of traffic. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Receiver Bakari Grant gains some 4th quarter yards. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Receiver Bakari Grant gains some 4th quarter yards. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticat QB Zach Collaros looks for a receiver. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticat QB Zach Collaros looks for a receiver. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticats Eric Norwood makes a tackle. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Ticats Eric Norwood makes a tackle. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Receiver Andy Fantuz tries to scamper for extra yardage during the 4th quarter. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Receiver Andy Fantuz tries to scamper for extra yardage during the 4th quarter. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Luke Tasker with a fourth quarter catch. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Luke Tasker with a fourth quarter catch. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Mossis Madu gains some 4th quarter yards. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Mossis Madu gains some 4th quarter yards. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Brandon Banks returns a kick with a minute left to the end zone for a touchdown, that was called back because of a penalty. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Brandon Banks returns a kick with a minute left to the end zone for a touchdown, that was called back because of a penalty. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver.Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver.Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Brandon Banks collapses to the turf in disbelief after his potential game winning kick return was called back for a penalty. Kicker Justin Medlock consoles.Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Brandon Banks collapses to the turf in disbelief after his potential game winning kick return was called back for a penalty. Kicker Justin Medlock consoles.Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. QB Zach Collaros drops to the turf at game's end with the Cats losing a close one. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. QB Zach Collaros drops to the turf at game’s end with the Cats losing a close one. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Cat receiver Andy Fantuz walks off the field at the end of the game. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Cat receiver Andy Fantuz walks off the field at the end of the game. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Rico Murray consoles Ted Laurent at the end of the game. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Sunday, November 30, 2014 – Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver. Rico Murray consoles Ted Laurent at the end of the game. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

2 Comments on “Grey Cup 102: Cats Claw Close

  1. What was the penalty that stole the victory in the jaws of the Ti-cats. Was it a questionable penalty because, after all, the game is about close contact between players of both teams, so how obvious was the penalty, should it have been called?

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