The big question at the 99th Grey Cup isn’t which team is going to win, the B.C. Lions or Winnipeg Blue Bombers, it’s, “What really happened in the fight between former Lion Joe Kapp and former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Angelo Mosca?”
At a CFL Alumni Association luncheon on Friday, Kapp and Mosca, both 73, went Ali-Frazier in front of startled onlookers. The feud dates back to the 1963 Cup when Mosca’s sideline hit on Willie Fleming put the B.C. running back out of the game and helped Hamilton win. Kapp was the Lions’ quarterback that day.
News of the luncheon brawl that sent Mosca flying spread wildly. Brother Jake, a radio show host on Classic Rock 101, was seated next to Mosca and confirmed what was making the rounds.
“Angelo said, ‘Joe hasn’t looked my way once,’” Jake relayed on air. “Joe Kapp gets up and goes to get some flowers (to give to Mosca) and Angie says, ‘Shove it up your ass’ … (Kapp) popped him twice and as he’s going down, Angelo has the cane and hits Joe Kapp in the head.
“Joe Kapp goes, ‘What?’ pops him twice and (Mosca) goes over on the chair, loses his 300-pound balance, goes through the curtain and disappears off the stage.”
Others who witnessed the fracas confirmed it was indeed for real and not some staged event. Leo Ezerins, the CFL Alumni Association’s executive director, told TSN “things got a little out of hand.”
Mosca earned lasting infamy for his hit on Fleming and happily played the bad guy as a professional wrestler. He has a book out on his life entitled Tell Me to My Face.