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, Canada Post and the Royal Canadian Mint issued a joint set, including two stamps (Scott #2568 and #2569) and eight coins, 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 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 (left to right: Scott #2568 and #2569).

The stamps 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.

Another Permanent stamp issued to commemorate the BC Lions depicts ‘Lui’s Kick,’ an iconic last-second feat that won the 1994 Grey Cup.

The 2000 Grey Cup was Passaglia’s final game.

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