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Monday, November 28, 2011

Grey Cup 2011: Lions 34-23 over Bombers, McCallum scores 16

“We decided to get to work [after starting the season 0-5] and not think about how good we were supposed to be. With hard work, we showed how good we really could be.”
- Paul McCallum

The B.C. Lions turnaround culminated in last night's Grey Cup victory. As he did all season, McCallum contributed by scoring often - with four field goals, three extra points, and a single. At the conclusion of the game, he opted to celebrate outside where it was dry:
The Lions’ post-game celebration following their 34-23 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 99th Grey Cup at BC Place was, in all respects, an over-the-top affair, “extreme and overwhelming” in the opinion of a CFL media person, but perhaps that’s to be expected. Bursting and sloshing magnums of champagne and Molson Canadian, the Lions turned their locker room into a Maid of the Mist adventure, an orgy of suds and foam making intruders wish they’d brought their rain gear. “Glad, I missed,” said kicker Paul McCallum, who elected to stay clear of the hijinx and communed outside with his family.
Things were obviously more subdued in the Bombers locker room afterward. Punter Jamie Boreham, who also handles kickoffs, was lamenting their failed onside kickoff attempt which brought an end to the fourth quarter rally.
"Bad kick, bad line. [Greg] Carr made a good play on it. If I had two more yards, maybe it's perfect.... We were down, but if we would have had that, the offence would've taken it down and it would've been a tie game. I know that."
Still outside, McCallum and the remaining Lions never did get the planned group photo op:
“We were hoping to get together and take a big team picture like in hockey — good luck,” McCallum said, surveying the confetti-strewn carpet, with hundreds of reporters, fans and family crowding around.

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