The Toronto Argonauts defeated the Calgary Stampeders 27-24 in the Grey Cup, the annual match between the two top teams in the Canadian Football League (CFL).
The East-West sports confrontation has been played-out in Canada for 105 years.
Sunday night’s game in the nation’s capital of Ottawa will not only be remembered by a remarkable come-from-behind victory by the Argonauts but by a snowstorm that blanketed the field and often looked like a blizzard.
Officials had a hard time keeping the lines on the field visible, which had to be cleared by a snowplow at halftime.
That halftime was dominated by Canadian country superstar Shania Twain, who has previously performed at both the Grey Cup and Super Bowl.
Dressed in a fuchsia spandex outfit that was dotted with sequins and topped with a red faux fur coat, the 52-year-old pop mainstay performed a mixture of the old and new, concluding her act with a revved-up rendition of “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.” Twain has just released a new album and begins a major musical tour in 2018.
Calgary, heavily favored to win last night, was leading throughout the game, until things began to go awry. Toronto’s Ricky Ray threw the football 100 yards for a successful catch by teammate and game MVP DeVier Posey and set a Grey Cup record.