Joe Kapp Gets Into Rumble At CFL Alumni Dinner


This was in the FanShots earlier, courtesy of purpledork (who links to the longer version of the video that can't be embedded right here), but I didn't want it to interfere with the game day stuff too much.

Today is the day of the 99th annual Grey Cup, the championship game of the Canadian Football League season. The game will be contested between the British Columbia Lions and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. However, former Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp gave everyone else something different to talk about at the CFL Alumni Dinner that took place yesterday.

The gentleman that Kapp is on the stage with there is Angelo Mosca. The reason the two of them are up on stage needs a little backstory, so I'll fill in the blanks. In the 1963 Grey Cup, Kapp's B.C. Lions were battling Mosca's Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the CFL title. During the game, Mosca, a defensive tackle, put a late hit out of bounds on B.C. running back Willie Fleming, a blatant (and successful) attempt to put Fleming out of the football game. The Tiger-Cats went on to win the game and the championship, and Kapp has (apparently) held a grudge ever since.

For the record, Mosca gained a certain level of infamy after the hit, parlaying that into a professional wrestling career as a "heel" (ie "bad guy") wrestler by the name of "King Kong" Mosca. Kapp went on to be the starting quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings from 1967-1969, including taking the Vikings to their first ever Super Bowl.

Both of these men are 73 years old, by the way. But yeah, this is the sort of thing that can happen when one harbors a grudge for too long, I suppose.

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