The Toronto Argonauts continued their celebration after winning the 109th Gray Cup, taking the trophy to a Toronto Raptors game on Wednesday night.
The Argos briefly took center court and received a standing ovation from the crowd at Scotiabank Arena. This is just the latest in a number of high-profile stops for the club as they brought the Gray Cup to a Maple Leafs game on Monday. Fans will have an opportunity to celebrate the championship on Thursday with a rally set to take place at Maple Leaf Square at 11:00 am EST.
Veteran linebacker Henoc Muamba was named the game’s Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Canadian. He recorded three tackles along with a game-changing interception late in the fourth quarter. This was the 33-year-old’s first Gray Cup after previously losing in the big game as a member of Blue Bombers in 2011. He was photographed showing the trophy to Drake, a high-profile hip hop artist and team “global ambassador.”
The Argos were six-point underdogs this past weekend at Mosaic Stadium in Regina against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The club faced a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter after Janarion Grant set a new Gray Cup record with a 102-yard punt return touchdown but Toronto pulled ahead on a five-yard touchdown run by AJ Ouellette with just under four minutes remaining in the game.
Robbie Smith, a former second-round pick out of Wilfrid Laurier, blocked a potential game-winning field goal from Marc Liegghio in the final minute of the game before Chad Kelly kneeled out the clock to secure the win. Kelly, the club’s primary backup, came into the game after starter McLeod Bethel-Thompson suffered what he later identified as a dislocated thumb.
Raptors’ head coach Nick Nurse showed his support for Toronto before the Gray Cup by wearing an Argos cap to a press conference and expressing his support for the team.