Nationals Defeat Astros In Game Seven To Win 2019 World Series

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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.

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Blues Cup Run the Epitome of ‘The Year of the Improbable’

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St. Louis Blues superfan Laila Anderson poses with the Stanley Cup next to her favourite player, Blues defenceman Colton Parayko (Courtesy: NHL)

By: Ben Browne

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.

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Tiger’s comeback was extraordinary

Tiger Woods went 14 years between wins at the Masters

AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 14 2019: Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club

By Harley Kock

Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters and 15th major title on April 14th, 2019, becoming one of the greatest comeback stories in sports, after overcoming career-threatening back problems.

The 43-year-old muscled his way through a tightly packed leaderboard to win by one shot at Augusta for his first major title in 11 years and first Masters win since 2005.

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Virginia bounced back

The Cavaliers won the NCAA title following one of the most disappointing showings of all-time

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – April 8th 2019: Virginia head coach Tony Bennett rests his head on point guard Ty Jerome during the trophy presentation

By Harley Kock

A redemption story for the ages.

Just one year after suffering a historic defeat in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Virginia Cavaliers became champions for the first time in school history.

De’Andre Hunter scored 27 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer near the end of regulation.

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Dirk Nowitzki quietly said goodbye

The Dallas Mavericks Legend retired after 21 seasons in the NBA

DALLAS, TX – June 16 2011: Dirk Nowitzki waves to fans during the Dallas Mavericks NBA Finals Victory celebration

By Harley Kock

While some guys like Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade went on a year long retirement tours, Dirk Nowitzki didn’t say goodbye until his final game in Dallas.

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From Long-Time Teammates To Rival Head Coaches

Two old friends, Steinauer and O’Shea, now meet as the opposing Head Coaches in the 2019 Grey Cup

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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.

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Will Make History as the Dark Horse in the 107th Grey Cup

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. 

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The Greatest Grey Cups in CFL History

From the underdogs to coaching battles and to snow storms, here are some of the best moments in the Canadian Football League’s biggest game.

The 77th Grey Cup in 1989. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

By: Victoria Femia

It’s that time of the year again. The weather is getting colder, Christmas is around the corner and the Grey Cup is just days away. For CFL fans, it’s Canada’s greatest week.

The 2019 Grey Cup will consist of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats taking on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Though this looks to be a good game, there have been some pretty great Grey Cups over the years. 

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The “Drought Bowl” An Intriguing Matchup of Longtime CFL Underdogs

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Dane Evans will make his first Grey Cup start for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday in Calgary.

1999.

That was the last time the Hamilton Tiger-Cats won the Grey Cup.

1990.

That was the last time the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup.

One of those droughts will come to an end Sunday in Calgary when the two teams tangle in the 107th Grey Cup from McMahon Stadium.

The other will continue for at least another year.

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Hamilton’s top ranked offence pushes Tiger-Cats to the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary

Ticats will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in their third attempt for a Grey Cup this century

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The Tiger-Cats defence celebrating after beating the Edmonton Eskimos 36-16 in the Eastern Final 
Photo credit Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

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.

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