While Regina has wrapped itself in Green and White, there are a few hold-outs of Gold and Black that are staying true to their teams, even if they are in the heart of enemy territory.
“I’ve got my Ti-Cat jersey on now, and I’ve got my Ti-Cat flag up in this office—and other stuff,” said Robert Watson, President of SaskPower, who was born and raised in Hamilton.
He makes no apologies for being a Ti-Cat fan living in the heart of Rider Nation.
Grey Cup week kicked off Wednesday morning as it always does, with the news conference featuring the head coaches of both teams.
Riders head coach Corey Chamblin and Ti-Cats bench boss Kent Austin sat on stage at the Delta Hotel and took questions from the media for over 40 minutes ranging from everything on the field, to off of it.
It's been a season of ups and downs for Riders pivot Darian Durant.
The season began with a bang as it took Durant nearly half a season to throw an interception, it took nearly as long for this team to lose it's second game of the season.
The nation was happy...but then the second half of the season came along and seemingly Durant's play began to slip. The Riders went on a four game losing streak, and lost six of their last nine games before the playoffs.
While the sea of green is usually found at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, some
sailors on HMCS Regina are representing Rider Nation while the ship is
at based out of CFB Esquimalt, near Victoria, British Columbia
"There's a hardcore group of fans that no matter where we go, we make sure its known we're Rider fans and people easily recognize that," said Tracy Tkachuk, petty officer first class and weapons engineering manager on board the ship. Growing up north of Melfort, Tkachuk has had the opportunity to be at Grey Cup games before.
Three Riders have been named CFL Players of the Week for their work in the team's West Final win over Calgary.
Running back Kory Sheets was given the offensive honours, defensive lineman Jermain McElveen was given the defensive nod and linebacker Diamond Ferri was named special teams player of the week.
In the Riders 35-13 win Sheets ran wild on the Stampeders gashing them for 177 yards and a touchdown. Sheets has ran for 245 yards so far in the playoffs.
A year of talking about it and now it's come to fruition. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will play in the 101st Grey Cup at home in front of Rider Nation.
The Green and White got there thanks to a dominating 35-13 win over the Calgary Stampeders in the West Final Sunday at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.
The family of Roughrider rookie Levi Steinhauer has seen a lot of games at Mosaic Stadium this year - even some away games too. But his mother, Cathy, admits that heading to Calgary to see her son play the West final is something much different.
"(It) definitely will be an emotional game this game. Because either he'll be finished or he'll be on his way to the Grey Cup," Cathy said on Friday.
From cowbells to signs to countless jerseys, it’s easy to see just how big a fan Fielder is.
“On a scale of one to ten I’d probably say you could count me as a 13,” he said.
“Every single day of the year I will have something Riders on, either a ball cap, a t-shirt, it doesn’t matter. If it’s September it doesn’t matter if it’s a day after a loss I will still back this team.”
The Riders and Stampeders are set to do battle yet again.
This time it's with a berth in the 101st Grey Cup on line as the Riders are in Calgary for the West Final. It's basically perfect ending to the playoffs, these two teams have been neck-and-neck most of the year in the West Division standings, they've been involved in some of the biggest and most intense games this season and now the biggest meeting of them all will settle the score once and for all.
It could be considered a match made in hell by some. But believe it or not, its proof a Saskatchewan Roughriders fan and a Calgary Stampeders fan can not only get along, they can date.
Scott Schmitt is originally from Weyburn and describes himself as a “huge” Riders fan for basically his entire life. He now lives in Calgary after meeting Amanda Webster, a Stamps fan. Judging by their first interaction, most would have never thought they would have gone any further.
“We met online while I was trash talking the Riders,” explained Webster.