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Angelo Mosca and Joe Kapp fight at CFL benefit

November 28, 2011 |  3:55 pm


Two ancient legends of the Canadian Football League (no, not Warren Moon) got into a fistfight at an alumni luncheon Friday in Vancouver.

Joe Kapp, a 73-year-old former quarterback (and coach of the Cal Bears from 1982-86), punched his longtime rival Angelo Mosca, a 74-year-old defensive linemen and longtime professional wrestler.

The two have disliked other since the 1963 Grey Cup (the CFL championship game). Apparently in that game, Mosca delivered a controversial hit on Kapp’s teammate Willie Fleming, knocking him out of the game.

When Mosca and Kapp were introduced, the luncheon's host, comedian Ron James, told Kapp to give Mosca an olive branch from a table setting as a peace offering.

Mosca, however, had an alternate suggestion as to what Kapp could do with the olive branch. Kapp didn't care for that idea and slugged Mosca, who hit Kapp with his cane, then stumbled off the stage.

"People had assumed it was staged or premeditated, but it was nothing of the sort," James told CBC.

Gee, a former pro wrestler involved with his longtime rival in a fistfight that put a luncheon, whose main reason was to raise money for retired CFL players, on the map all across North America, raising the profile of the organization and probably causing a spike in donations? Nothing fishy about that at all.


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--Houston Mitchell