The Washington Nationals celebrating on the field after clinching the World Series title.
By: Raegan Subban
Entering the 2019 MLB season the Washington Nationals were far from favorites to win the World Series. They lost arguably their best player, Bryce Harper, in the offseason to the Philadelphia Phillies.
With a 19-31 record after the month of May, it wasn’t looking good for the Nats to even make the postseason.
However, after breaking into the 2019 Major League Baseball postseason as a wildcard team, the Nationals defied the odds and won it all. Washington defeated the Houston Astros in the 2019 World Series to win for the first time in franchise history.
2019 had no shortage of spectacular sporting storylines – Tiger Woods’ Masters victory, the Washington Nationals first World Series, the Raptors first NBA title, and many others.
The St. Louis Blues were one of those “other” storylines, as, on June 12, St. Louis captured its first ever Stanley Cup with a dominant 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at the ever-hostile TD Garden in Boston.
Two old friends, Steinauer and O’Shea, now meet as the opposing Head Coaches in the 2019 Grey Cup
Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea, left, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Orlondo Steinauer answer questions during the coaches news conference at the CFL’s Grey Cup week in Calgary
By Raegan Subban
Hamilton Tiger-Cats football operations consultant Jim Barker will have a proud, dad-like moment on Sunday, November 24.
In 2012, Barker was the head coach of the Toronto Argonauts. He took a chance and asked two retired CFL players, with no previous coaching experience, to join his staff. Barker gave the Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea and Hamilton’s Orlondo Steinauer their first CFL coaching jobs. Barker knew O’Shea closely from the time he played for him, and knew Steinauer from reputation. However, their relationship did not begin there.
Both Teams look to end a championship drought, but don’t underestimate the underdogs.
Mike O’Shea (Grey Hoodie – Center) and the Blue Bombers celebrating the Western Division Final Victory
By: Quinn MacDonald
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have a chance to end their 29-year championship drought in the 107th Grey Cup. Winnipeg heads to McMahon Stadium in Calgary to take on the Hamilton Tiger Cats; It’ll be the first time since 1984 that these two franchises face off for the title.
Hamilton posted a league best 15-3 record, ending the regular season on a 6 game win streak. Winnipeg finished 11-7 with the second most points for with 508 points.
Ticats will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in their third attempt for a Grey Cup this century
By Harley Kock
It all started in December 2018 when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats hired Rookie Head Coach Orlondo Steinauer. Steinauer came with an excellent resume, a 13 year CFL career as a Safety and 10 years in various coaching positions. Those included a Grey Cup victory as the defensive backs coach in 2012 with the Toronto Argonauts and two Grey Cup losses as the defensive coordinator for the Tiger-Cats in 2013 and 2014.