Stamps Marquay McDaniel blames teammate after Grey Cup loss

Marquay McDaniel just threw his teammate under the Grey Cup bus.

In the moments after their devastating loss to the Toronto Argonauts in Sunday’s championship game, the veteran Calgary receiver blamed the loss on teammate Kamar Jorden’s fumble.

Leading by eight with just over five minutes to play and already on the Toronto seven yard line, quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell completed a short pass to Jorden who was promptly stripped by Argo defender Jermaine Gabriel. Cassius Vaughn scooped it up and returned 109 yards for a touchdown

A two-point conversion by Declan Cross tied the game and the Stamps lost after a Toronto field goal with under a minute to go and a  Mitchell interception in the end zone.

But McDaniel teed off on Jorden’s miscue.

“It’s a stupid play to be real. I mean shit, we were inside the 15 up eight with a chance to at least get a field goal. What are you doing? We talked all game about putting two hands on the ball. What are you doing? It’s a stupid play,” McDaniel said. “You can talk all you want about doing this, doing that,. It’s a dumb play. Stupid football loses games.”

It will be interesting to see how his teammates react to his comments, particularly after watching film of Vaughn’s return. It shows McDaniel seeming to give up on the play as Vaughn crosses the 20-yard line on his way to the end zone.


Drew Edwards

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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43 Comments on Stamps Marquay McDaniel blames teammate after Grey Cup loss

  1. Oh my. Players on this team confirm what other team’s fans already think of them. And the blame game starts. Win as a team and lose as a team. Not these guys.

    • Marquay was the first to quit on the fumble return. Just watch the clip and look for #16 pussy-footing. 2009 was tough for the Riders but not as tough as 109. At least the Riders didn’t quit. Marquay Mcquitter

    • The arrogance of that team is astonishing. This loss looks really good on them.

  2. BLM blew the game. Glad you wanted the ball in your hands at the end of the game. Haha

    • riderontheisland // November 27, 2017 at 10:46 am //

      no doubt Tim and I couldn’t be happier to see his arrogance cost his team the game. Any one who was playing for his team to win makes sure of at least a tie there, but noooooo BLM and his fat head threw a pick. Don’t imagine we will see Donkey to pass along our condolences. Hahahahaha.

  3. It’s a tough call. He was trying to score. Didn’t work out. But there was lots of time and Calgary next went 2 and out the new was intercepted when a field goal would have pushed the game to overtime… Tough loss… I was the only one in my group cheering for Calgary… And the stats showed we should have won. BUT we didn’t, it’s a game… Get over it, get on the plane, go home and take some rest time… Christmas is coming, be charitable…

  4. Mitchell had a chance to almost ensure a tie and overtime, which may have won the game ultimately for them based on the game statistics for him vs Ray. He threw into double coverage and got intercepted, a very high risk play so late in the game. It’s really on Mitchell, and not Jordan, because the chance to tie was looming large. Gonna be hard for the Stamps to overcome the last two years, gambles cooked their goose in both games, one by the coach, this one by the QB.

  5. There’s no I in team. Anyone else remember that Budweiser commercial from a long time ago?

  6. Wow. Stay classy Calgary…

  7. McDaniel’s lack of hustle back on the fumble recovery was extremely evident watching the play and on the replays. Jordan had a tough 2 weeks on the field during last weeks western final and the Grey Cup with a lot of drops, but came up with a great catch prior to the interception by BLM to seal the victory for the Argos. McDaniel can complain all he wants, but he has been a non factor in the Stamps offence for the past couple of months and likely won’t be back next year anyway. The Stamps went for it all when they could have played for the tie and went into OT to win it. Congrats to the Argos on a great win.

    • Hey Jeff, Jordan made an excellent attempt at that last catch to put them in field goal range. But when you watch the replay you actually see the nose of the football hit the turf as he is landing and should not have been ruled a catch. Therefor the interception in the endzone would not have been an option.

      • No, that would have been ruled a catch even on review, jeffnot24. Kamar Jordan maintained possession all the way to the ground, and the contact of the ball with the ground was incidental. As long as the ball is secured in the players hands and the ground doesn’t assist the receiver with the catch, contact with the ground is allowable.

        • Not sure on that as I have seen that called a trap of the ball before. Especially on an over the shoulder catch. Something for a ref to comment on anyway

  8. It’s karma. Argos lost the 1971 Grey Cup game against Stampeders on the Leon McQuay slip and fumble in the red zone. That Argo team became known as “the greatest team that never won.” Since then, Toronto has won three straight in Stampeder-Argo Grey Cups. Hope Kamar Jorden can overcome his misfortune. Leon McQuay never did. He took the disappointment with him to the grave.

    • Good one. Jordan certainly doesn’t wear this alone. BLM threw into double coverage, and badly under threw the ball, when they were in field goal range. That was a chance he shouldn’t have taken.

      • I think Calgary was trying to get a pass interference penalty on that throw from BLM to get the ball to the 1 yard line and punch it in. Just a thought.

  9. Big plays and turnovers determine games. McDaniel is right. Jorden’s fumble was the biggest mistake of the game, likely resulting in at least an 11-point swing. The end-zone interception thrown by Mitchell and Posey’s 100-yard TD were also huge factors.

  10. BLM got greedy.

  11. 1&4 in their last 5 games // November 27, 2017 at 12:29 am //

    Losing the big one is becoming old hat for the Stumps.

  12. Stats be damned, Argos deserved to win. Stamps let them stay around & stay around. Second year in a row where BLM INT’s played a part. You get near the goal line &, in this snow, you gotta protect the ball. Twice down deep & 2 turnovers. One tied the game, the other sealed it. Like the Western semi-final with O’Shea, the Western final with Maas, they blinked. This time BLM did. Nice for Ray – one of 8 QB’s who won 3 Cups as a starter. Now he stands alone as the only guy to win 4 Cups as a starter.

  13. This Ticat fan loves the Argos. Congrats ! Proud how well you represented the East.

  14. Looks good on Bo Bob and his Stamps. Got another year to have this loss eat away at him.
    BTW where are the west is best crowd? 2 yrs in a row east beats’em

  15. Jim Corrigall // November 27, 2017 at 8:44 am //

    First of all, the game wasn’t decided on this play – Argos only came to within 2 points here. Secondly, you never publicly throw a teammate under the bus like that. Imagine how Jorden feels? Should have supported him – and run back a little harder…Argos supported each other through everything, this season. And are champions.

  16. There were a number of plays you could question but for a dominant team like the Stumps to lose 2 championship games in a row on questionable late decisions will only add to their legacy as one of the best…. chokers !

  17. That may have blew the game for the Stamps but I had a feeling about this that they weren’t going to win. Too many individuals on that team. In interviews with TSN, both Bo Levi and Jerome Messam both talked about how they play, how this game is going to be won by them instead of talking team. Bo Levi said on TV that its important to him to be a ten time winner of the Grey Cup. Wow. I think that’s the problem with the Stamps…more of an individual concept than a team one.

  18. Cecil Lavallee // November 27, 2017 at 9:26 am //

    JoeH summed up my feelings. Being a Ti-Cat fan, I had too much time to pick another team to cheer for and was forced by results to pick again and again as the playoffs progressed. Coming into the Grey Cup game, I was backing Calgary, just couldn’t cheer for the Argos. That changed when I heard BLM’s interview during the pre-game; I could not support that kind of arrogance. I cheered loudly for coach Tresman, Ricky Ray, and the rest of the blue team. The best team won no question in my mind.

  19. Choke-Levi Mitchell // November 27, 2017 at 10:31 am //

    So glad to see Bo-Levi choke once again in the big game. Congrats Argos.

  20. Thanks to Ticat fans who showed class by rooting for the Argos. That must have been tough. As a kid during the 60s and Angelo Mosca’s reign of terror, the Ticats to me were the ultimate villains and I always pulled for the
    opposition when they made it to the final. Not now. The Cats were much improved by season’s end and a genuine threat. If they keep the bulk of this team together, they have a good shot next year. Good luck to Ticats and all their fans!

    • ticats4ever // November 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm //

      Thanks for the note of appreciation. Speaking for this Ticat family – we root for the East, even if the Ticats fail to make the big game.

  21. as for being an als fan, i am so happy for jim popp, marc trestman sj gree n of course bear woods. with those four names mentioned, the als would have made the play-offs, in my opinion, toronto n calgary put on a great show. well done argos. as for calgary, they showed a pic of old huff in the press box, he was not a happy camper, and that was with about 6 minutes to go. will there be changes in cowboy land, only the football gods knows for sure. is it june yet. lol. all a great season. merry christmas n happy new year to one n all.

  22. Calgary chokes again. Great in regular season but can’t win the big one when it counts.

  23. Classless but I’ve felt that about #16 for some time now.

    He quit on the INT as noted.

    Not sure why these players aren’t better at protecting the ball – Jordan was showboating on his TD waving the ball. If his coaches didn’t call him out for that on that play and remind in during the game that that is not on, then they deserve the fumble later on.

  24. ticats4ever // November 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm //

    Lost some respect for Singleton …

    After the successful 2-pt conversion early in the third, Singleton decided to go after a few Argos in the end zone. None of them took the bait. So instead he walked along in front of the Argos bench putting a shoulder into one Argo after the other, all in the back. He even gave the shoulder to an Argo coach. He must have done this seven or eight times before one of the Argo coaches chased him away. Really low-class behaviour.

    • riderontheisland // November 27, 2017 at 5:17 pm //

      Totally agree and he was jacked up and a jackass. Even right out of the gate he should have gotten flagged after his tackle on SJ because he stood over him taunting. I hate it when BS like this gets ignored in the playoffs. Very classless and even Cote before the game when he knew the cameras were on them he was dropping F-bombs like he was on the Jerry Springer. What a loser.

    • Choke-Levi Mitchell // November 28, 2017 at 5:24 pm //

      Sounds like Stamps behavior in general. Did you hear their interviews before the game? Most of those players are arrogant, entitled a$$holes. They did not deserve to win that game.

  25. Unbelievable McDaniel! You win or lose as a team. Yes, Stamps have more talent but Argos were the better team! McDaniel certainly confirmed it. Congratulations Argos!!!

  26. McDaniel quit on the fumble return, but did anyone see BLM, not much of an effort there either? Wow, game on the line and no effort?

  27. Lancaster/Reed // November 27, 2017 at 7:13 pm //

    Mike reilly sent a twitter to kamel jorden “ chin up bro. Games are never won or lost on one play. You’re a great player man, let it drive you and you’ll be better for it moving forward.” Reilly’s not even on the same team, and hes a better teammate than mcdaniel.
    Mike relly is one of the classiest guys in the league.i really want to hate him because he plays for the evil empire, but i just cant. Hes just too good of a guy.

  28. Colour me green // November 27, 2017 at 7:58 pm //

    BLM wanted the ball in his hands, had just landed his second attempt at a long ball and decided he was forever going to be a hero on film and under threw into double coverage instead of going for the tie. LMAO, he will be remembered forever for the wrong decision. Selfish.
    Also on the fumble recovery TO TD, BLM actually had a change to dive and maybe trip up the TO player. Instead he worried about getting his balance back instead of desperation dive. TO player long gone by then.
    McDaniel, wow, now we see why they lose, they are not a team but individuals.
    And the sound bites by BLM and Messam before the game just further prove it. Those sound bites only sound good in future years IF YOU WIN the grey cup in 2017.

  29. His 8 yard out route on 2nd and 10 in the 3rd quarter was smart.

  30. Dan McLeod // November 30, 2017 at 5:08 pm //

    Still enjoying the outcome. And to be fair, Stamps likely shouldn’t have even gotten a chance at the field goal as Kamar didn’t even catch the second ball. Fumble, drop, drop. Ouch.

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