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VIDEO: Joe Kapp Involved In Brawl At CFL Alumni Dinner

On Sunday afternoon, the Canadian Football League will play the 99th installment of the Grey Cup, their league's championship game. The game will be contested by the British Columbia Lions and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but that's not what folks are talking about north of the border.

No, they're talking about the fight that erupted between former CFL veterans Joe Kapp and Angelo Mosca. Kapp, as you probably know, was the quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings from 1967 to 1969, and was the team's quarterback when they went to Super Bowl IV. Mosca went on to fame as a professional wrestler, primarily because of what happened on a CFL field 48 years ago. . .an incident that was the genesis for this incident.

In the 1963 Grey Cup, Kapp's B.C. Lions were taking on Mosca's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. On one particular play, Mosca hit B.C. running back Willie Fleming late and on the sidelines, a hit designed to put Fleming out of the game (which it did) and played at least a small role in the Tiger-Cats going on to a victory over the Lions. The lasting infamy from that hit was parlayed by Mosca into a successful career as a "heel" (or "bad guy") wrestler known as "King Kong" Mosca.

Well, apparently there's still some bad blood over the incident 48 years later, as you'll see in the video after the jump.

Kapp gets up on stage and attempts to offer Mosca some flowers. . .possibly in a sarcastic manner (I really can't tell from the video), and Mosca tells Kapp to "shove it up his ass." Then the fists start flying, Mosca goes down, and the fight is over.

I'm not sure how much hype this added to the Grey Cup or anything, but it couldn't possibly have hurt.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.