OTD: BC Lions first team to win Grey Cup after finishing season below .500

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

After finishing 8-10 in the regular season, the BC Lions became 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).

A 25-cent commemorative coin was issued alongside two commemorative stamps.

With a weight of 12.61 grams, the cupro-nickel coins have a 35-millimetre 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 depict the Grey Cup dividing a retro CFL player to the left and a modern CFL player to the right as well as former Lions’ kicker Lui Passaglia, who won his team the 1994 Grey Cup with a last-second field goal in front of hometown fans.

The 2000 Grey Cup was Passaglia’s final game.

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