Darian Durant will be playing for more than himself on Sunday evening.
The Roughriders pivot who has everything in the world to play for when it comes to his team and his own reputation added another twist to the story during Saturday's final walk through.
Durant met with the media one last time following the team's final preparations for the Grey Cup and was asked by the Winnipeg Sun's Kirk Penton what he was playing for on Sunday. The answer was something that no one expected.
For a new-comer to Saskatchewan, Roughrider fans can seem pretty crazy.
This week, recent immigrants taking English classes at Saskatoon’s Open Door Society got a crash course in rider pride and the importance of Sunday’s Grey Cup.
Arfeen Zeesha emigrated from Pakistan nine months ago, just long enough to witness the madness of Rider Nation.
“They’re shouting too much, Go, go, go,” she said, referring to the green and white’s adoring fans.
“I heard about the team. They won three matches, 1966 and 1989 and 2007 and maybe... maybe in 2013,”
The Saskatchewan Roughriders will probably be dealing with not one, but two quarterbacks during Sunday's Grey Cup.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been known to rotate between both Henry Burris and backup Dan LeFevour. Head Coach Kent Austin hasn't been afraid to use LeFevour in important situations late in the game. The most recent example was the East Semi-Final win over Montreal when played most of the overtime period.
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.