BY: Jeff Schneberk @Game7overtime
-The Roughriders hosting the Ticats in the 101st Grey Cup game is simply the biggest game in the Roughriders’ 103-year history. The forecast calls for a high of minus-1 Celcius and the Riders are six-point favourites.
STARTLING STAT-Hamilton is 11-5 since they were swept by the Riders back in the middle of the summer in a home-and-home series. The Riders acknowledged that this Hamilton team is different from that club they annihilated back in July; they are facing a completely different team. Kent Austin said there are about 46 players that are representing Hamilton now and a lot of players from the summer are no longer with the team. Hamilton has won six of its last seven games.
BURRIS AN ALL-STAR-Ticat quarterback Henry Burris was given the nod by the CFLPA for their all-star team, ahead of Darian Durant. The honour is voted on by the CFL players and it was announced last night. Durant has slightly better numbers than Burris but only one of these two have won a Grey Cup title.
QUOTABLE-Hamilton defensive back Brandon Boudreaux gave his thoughts to the Hamilton Spectator regarding finding (anything) to do during down time in the City of Regina. “From what I understand, there are no distractions in Regina because there is nothing to do there whatsoever.” Haha. A local reporter from Regina responded: “Dude, you’re coming from Regina.” Ouch, that hurt! LOL.
COLD WEATHER-According to other media sources, some Grey Cup festivities have been cancelled due to weather. It must be real cold there right now. Unless there is too much snow to safely drive through the streets and it becomes a safety issue, nothing should get cancelled in Saskatchewan because of cold, it’s how the prairies lives the winter. Especially during Grey Cup week! Most people can only joke about how cold it can get. You can’t do much else.
TiCAT TALES-Burris was asked this week to reveal the reason why he left the Riders in 2005. Smartly he declined to answer and said he will reveal why at a point when he is ready to call it quits from football. Should Burris and Hamilton prevail on Sunday, that answer just might come quicker than expected. “I wanna wait until I’m done and playing so that fans can truly appreciate and understand what happened and listen to it from a level perspective.”
WILLIAMS MISSING-Going back about half a year ago, Ticats fans were wondering what was going to come of the Chris Williams situation. The unhappy, disgruntled utility player who often lit up opposing defences and special teams units, finally got his wish and released from his contract in Hamilton. He is now a member of the New Orleans’ practice squad. Supposedly kick returner Darren Sproles went down with an injury that could make room for Williams.
JERSEY ASSIGNMENTS-Early word has it that the Riders may wear their usual dark ‘home’ jerseys. Based on results of Grey Cups past in which Sasky wore retro jerseys, they may want to re-think wearing them again. However the final decision on who-wears-what is apparently up to Corey Chamblin, Brendan Taman and Jim Hopson.