OTD: BC Lions win 88th Grey Cup

On today’s date in 2000, the BC Lions defeated the Montreal Alouettes 28-26 in the 88th Grey Cup game, held at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alta.

After finishing 8-10 in the regular season, the BC Lions would become the first CFL team to win the Grey Cup with a regular season record below .500.

In 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint issued an eight-coin set to commemorate the 100th Grey Cup, which took place that year (the Toronto Argonauts beat the Stampeders 35-22). As part of the set, each team – the Lions, Stampeders, Argonauts, Blue Bombers, Alouettes, Eskimos, Tiger-Cats and Roughriders – was commemorated on a 25-cent coin that was issued alongside a pair of stamps.

The 25-cent commemorative coin was issued alongside two commemorative stamps (left to right: Scott #2568 and #2569).

The 25-cent commemorative coin was issued alongside two commemorative stamps (left to right: Scott #2568 and #2569).

With a weight of 12.61 grams, the cupro-nickel coins have a 35-mm diameter and feature the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. Filip Mroz, of Bensimon Byrne, designed the reverse. The stamps issued with the coin (Scott #2568 and #2569, respectively), picture the Grey Cup dividing a retro CFL player to the left and a modern CFL player to the right, and former Lions’ kicker Lui Passaglia, who won his team the 1994 Grey Cup with a last-second field goal in from of hometown fans.

The 2000 Grey Cup was Passaglia’s final game.

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