Video: The Leon McQuay Fumble

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  1. iso_55

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    Here is a great clip from the 1971 Grey Cup off of the CBC telecast. Don Chevrier doing the play by play. The Leon McQuay fumble.[video=youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oiIASx7Cto[/video]
     
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    Interesting, was it actually a fumble?
     
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    Well, Leo Cahill, who was the Argos' head coach sure didn't think so....;)

    However, rather than a classic open-field fumble, it was more like the ball, in the rainy conditions at old Empire Stadium, slipped from his grasp when he slipped and hit the turf as Larry Robinson, Fred James and Frank Andruski were closing on him. But because he hadn't yet been touched by a Stampeders player before he went down, the play and the ball were ruled "live" with Calgary recovering the fumble and ultimately hanging on to win.

    Despite the rationale, Cahill never saw it that way, and I'm sure will yet go to his grave believing he and his club were jobbed that November day so long ago now.

    I, as a young Stampeders fan watching my team win its first championship during my lifetime, didn't see it his way then, and still don't...;)

    TM
     
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    In today's CFL & with Jake Ireland the replay official, that play may have been overturned as he fumbled when he hit the ground. Thing is, he was never touched as he slipped. So, does that change anything? To me, it's a fumble. He was never touched, slipped, fell & lost the football.
     
  5. zBrain

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    Another thing...imagine if we lost? Keeling would have been crucified for that int. Terrible throw.
     
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    Funny thing is, it was Keeling who made the TD saving tackle on Thornton's interception and run.
     

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