Black and Gold and Grey

Hamilton Tiger-Cats kick returner Brandon Banks returned a record 226 yards on five punt returns Sunday, scoring on two of them, to help take his Steeltown football squad to a second consecutive berth in the Grey Cup final next week in Vancouver.
Banks, known as ‘Speedy B’ to his teammates, scored TDs on an 88-yard and 93-yard return, and also had a 78-yard TD return called back due to a penalty.
The Tiger-Cats will now play the Calgary Stampeders in the 102nd Grey Cup on November 30. The last times these two teams were in the CFL championship game were in 1998 when Calgary won on a last second field goal, and in the following year where Hamilton dominated play and won 32-21 in the 87th Grey Cup game.
There were also some characters making their way to Tim Hortons Field on Sunday:
It’s not known how many tickets this guy, below centre, had to buy to get himself and his pals through the gate…
Thank goodness for the warmer weather on Sunday or this fan – one of the well-known Box J Boys – might have had to bring out the extra hairy legs to stay warm…
With Halloween only a few weeks old and bags of candy still about the house, this guy, below, seems to have borrowed one of his child’s Halloween mask for the game…
It doesn’t matter how old you are, below, just as long as you’re game to “Eat ‘Em Raw!!”…
And finally, making the trip from Montreal to cheer on her team, Stephanie is a good reason why it’s called “La Belle Province”.

Second Win, Second Time Around

The Brampton A’s of the National Basketball League of Canada secured their second win of the season in a rematch Saturday night with Peel Region neighbours Mississauga Power at Brampton’s Powerade Centre home court.
The 112-100 victory for Brampton brings their record to two wins and five losses, and evens the season head-to-head match-up with Mississauga at one win each after the Power took the season opener with a big win on November 1.
Brampton head coach David Magley would no doubt credit his players – like three-point shooter TyShwan Edmondson, below – for getting the team’s second win in a row, and perhaps lifting his frame of mind in what could only be an emotionally charged week after the sudden passing of his older brother five days earlier.
Edmondson, sporting his colourful Nikes he says he gets from his friend and former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Scotty Hopson, went three of five from behind the three point line and ended the game with 20 points.
Brampton’s next game is on November 30 as they host London at home where they hope not to get struck with a third loss from the Lightning squad.