Venue: Varsity Stadium
Location: Toronto, ON
Date: November 30
Winning Coach: Ted Morris
The Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers met once again for the Grey Cup in 1946. It was a coming out party of sorts for the Gold Dust Twins, as Toronto’s Joe Krol and Royal Copeland put on a performance that will live in infamy.
The Argos were held deep in their own territory for all of the first quarter. The Bombers came close to taking the initial lead, as Walt Dobler connected with Harry Hood on a forward pass. Hood got inside the Toronto 10-yard line, when Copeland cut across the field and lay a massive hit on the Winnipeg player. The ball was jarred loose, and rolled toward the Toronto end zone. By rule the Argos were given the ball on their 10-yard line.
The Toronto offence got going in the second quarter. Krol hit Copeland with a pass, who then broke out of Dobler’s grasp for a touchdown.
Copeland’s defence shined again, as he intercepted a pass to set up another Toronto touchdown. This time Copeland threw a 30-yard pass to Krol, who avoided would be tacklers for the major.
Not to be outdone Ron Smylie got into the scoring act, hauling in a Krol pass and racing down the sideline to put the Argos ahead 16-0 at the half.
Playing from a deficit, the Bombers attempted a couple of third down gambles in the third quarter, but lost the ball on downs. On one of these occasions, Krol booted an onside kick which Copeland recovered, leaping above three Bombers to reel in the catch. Byron Karrys, as his last name suggests, carried the ball into the end zone from the two-yard line.
Krol struck again for another touchdown pass. Krol, faking an end run, wheeled to his right and connected with Leo Deadey on a 52-yard play to the Winnipeg 12-yard line. On the very next play, Krol faded to his left, and fired a pass to Boris Tipoff all alone on the right side of the end zone for the major.
With the game all but over, the Bombers managed a touchdown in the final seconds, avoiding back-to-back shutouts in the final. Dobler did the honours, on a plunge from the two-yard line.
Prior to the game, Winnipeg head coach Jack West suggested that Dobler was just as good a player as Krol. Dobler was unable to prove his coach right on this day.