A Saskatoon boy is so confident the Riders will win the Grey Cup, he has written a parody about it.
Jackson Grant, 10, and his mother rewrote Toby Keith’s Red Solo Cup. Grant said the song itself took about 20 minutes to write, but the filming was about 20 different takes.
Grant’s theory about Sunday’s winner is simple.
“Hamilton sucks this year,” he said, adding his favourite player is Weston Dressler.
“I’m the biggest Rider fan ever and Hamilton is going down.”
Connections run deep on both sides of the ball between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
This is especially true when it comes to former Riders on the Ti-Cats. A lot of is made of head coach Kent Austin, quarterback Henry Burris and receiver Andy Fantuz but there's another former member of the Green and White that might have the most to prove out of all of them.
Watch out Gainer you will have competition on Sunday, Pigskin Pete the Ti-Cats mascot has landed in Regina.
'Pigskin Pete' found his way into the CJME newsroom on Friday morning to offer up a bit of friendly trash talk.
“The Oskee Wee Wee is a chant for you Saskatchewanians who don’t understand what it is – it’s a chant that you’ll hear lots of on Sunday when we beat the Riders,” he said.
He explained that the chant started back in 1924 in Canada but later spread to college teams in the U.S. and to fans in Detroit.
The CFL is in a good place right now.
That was the message from Commissioner Mark Cohon at his annual State of the League address on Friday morning at the Delta Hotel in Regina.
"I'm excited about the CFL of today," said Cohon. "But I'm even more excited for the CFL we're building for the future."
Specifically Cohon points ratings combined on TSN and RDS being the second best ever, attendance remains solid and revenue as a whole is very strong.
It's the ultimate prize that every football player in Canada works to be able to hold, but like a 101 year old man, the Grey Cup has been through a lot and most of it is thanks to the players who have won it.
Sundays are sometimes a balance of praying and cheering for some of the Ursuline Sisters of Prelate in Saskatoon.
As the Riders play for the title in Sunday's Grey Cup game, prayers will be said earlier so Sister Rosetta Reiniger and Sister Adelaide Fortowsky can support their favourite football team. The passion of these Rider fans gained the attention of a documentary film maker, and they were featured in the 13th Man episode of the Engraved in a Nation series on TSN.
The only Saskatchewan Roughrider at the CFL Most Outstanding Player Awards is taking home some hardware.
Offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte has won the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award.
LaBatte was the West Division nominee for the award up against Jeff Keeping from the East Divisions Toronto Argonauts.
All season long we've heard about how the Roughriders are a veteran team.
It's certainly true, but there's some players on this team from both sides of the border who are involved in their first every Grey Cup week. When it comes to this week the Canadian players should have a pretty good understanding of what this week will consist of, but what about the American players who grew up knowing little to nothing about the Grey Cup?
There's no doubting the passion that Ti-Cats quarterback Henry Burris has for the game of football.
He's been playing in the CFL since 1998, and has probably had the sport on his brain since he was a toddler. Burris has seen a lot of success in his team in the CFL winning two Grey Cup rings, but only one of those as a starter. To win another one as a starter would meang the world to the man known as Hank.
"To be able to win multiple with multiple organizations, that would be amazing," said Burris at the annual CFL media breakfast with the team.
The old saying is that great minds thinks alike.
Well that wasn't the case on Wednesday as Riders head coach Corey Chamblin and Tigers-Cats head coach Kent Austin both had different ideas for what they thought was best for their team when it came to practice.