OTTAWA – The late game of last Sunday’s playoff twin-bill was enough to sway Travis Lulay.
“Calgary,’’ is the pre-kickoff prediction of the B.C. Lions inspirational pivot, here at the 105th Grey Cup to provide analysis for TSN.
“Yeah, the loss in last year’s Grey Cup figures to be a big part of it. They have a lot of motivation.
“But in my opinion Good Calgary is just the best team in the league. Period. And we saw Good Calgary in the West Final.
“I think they found themselves just in time.
“Going into last weekend, I honestly thought Edmonton was going to beat them. I did. Just because of the way the momentum had gone. Calgary had lost three in a row, then had to sit back in and watch. The Eskimos had won five or six in a row and Mike (Reilly) had been playing phenomenal football all year.
“I thought that would be enough.
“And they were close. But Calgary recaptured their mojo in the second quarter. That team you saw from the second quarter is the best team in this league.
“You watched the two Calgary-Toronto match-ups this year, and Calgary handled them on both occasions. It’s tough to beat a team three times. It really is.
“But, I think we’ll see Good Calgary this Sunday.”
As a former MOP and Grey Cup MVP pivot, Lulay is considered, naturally, something of a connoisseur on quarterbacks.
“And this,’’ he reckons, “is obviously an awesome quarterback match-up. I don’t think I’m alone in saying when you’re analyzing games, you bet on quarterbacks.
“And these two …
“Look, Mike’s been a Grey Cup champion and Kevin (Glenn) played a lot of great football this year but Bo and Ricky, they brought their teams to this position.”
The 38-year-old Ray enjoyed a renaissance season, throwing for 5,546 yards and 28 TDs. Mitchell, meanwhile, piloted the Stamps to a table-topping 13 wins.
“Ricky,’’ says Lulay, “had a phenomenal season, worked so well with Marc Trestman. It’s been really, really fun to see the resurgence in his career. Bo? An historical run as a young starter, stringing wins together, as impressive as anyone, ever.
“Ricky’s on the back end of a Hall-of-Fame career, Bo’s on the front of what could be, too.