The Roughriders brain trust is basking in the glory of the team's 2013 Grey Cup win.
Certainly it must feel like a gigantic weight has been lifted off their shoulders after the massive internal and external pressure to make sure that the Riders not only played in the biggest game in franchise history, but also won it.
On Monday team President and CEO Jim Hopson, General Manager Brendan Taman and Head Coach Corey Chamblin all met with the media. Out of all three, the win has to be the most satisfying to Taman.
They drank to get ready for the Grey Cup, they drank during the Grey Cup, and they drank to celebrate a Roughriders victory.
A lot of Saskatchewan residents woke up on Monday hoping for a statutory holiday and a little hung over. The preliminary sales numbers from Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority stores in Regina explain why.
After taking Monday off from celebrating Rider fans and Grey Cup Festival organizers will storm back into the cold on Tuesday for a victory parade.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced that fans, players, and team personnel are going to have another chance to celebrate, marching from Mosaic Stadium to the provincial Legislature. It's a last-minute event, the details of which were only firmed up on Monday afternoon.
After a week-long celebration in Rider nation it’s time for CFL fans from all over Canada to head home.
The Regina International Airport was busy Monday morning with those fans who took part in the 101st Grey Cup festivities. Blue Bombers fans Chris Kroker and his son Chris Kroker Jr. were waiting to fly back to Winnipeg. The two soaked up the entire Grey Cup experience: the parties and the game at Mosaic Stadium.
Kroker Jr. said the memories that will stand out the most for him will be seeing Rider pride at its peak.
It was pandemonium in the streets and the information super-highway after the Saskatchewan Roughriders brought home the team's fourth Grey Cup Sunday night.
After a dominant victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats fans took to the streets and to the Tweets to celebrate. See some examples of the on-line jubliance below.
The battle for the 2013 Grey Cup is over and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will keep the championship trophy right here in Regina.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders turned in a dominant performance against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday night, rolling over the Ti-Cats 45-23. The team had been on a mission all season; the opportunity to win a Grey Cup at home was only amplified by the fact that this would have been their last chance to win at the fabled Taylor Field/Mosaic Stadium site before Regina builds a new stadium in the years ahead.
It's the game 103 years in the making. The Riders are taking on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the 101st Grey Cup on their home turf of Mosaic Stadium.
Wherever you may be, as you watch the game be sure to follow the Green Zone team on Twitter as Jamie Nye (@jamienye), Warren Woods (@WoodsyCJME), Darrell Davis (@DarrellDavisSK), Belton Johnson (@bjizzle56) and Joel Gasson (@HomeOfTheFans) break down the game as it happens.
It's an opportunity CFL fans are reveling in ahead of game time—a chance to get their hands on the Grey Cup.
Included in the annual Grey Cup festivities is the CFL Fan March. Thousands of fans, mostly wearing Rider gear and green and white, gathered in the heart of downtown to trod through the melting snow on the way to Mosaic Stadium.
Along with them is the Grey Cup itself. Fans had the chance to hold Canadian football's most prized possession; many commented that it is a lot lighter than it looks.
For the last 365 days this is the moment that the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Rider Nation have been dreaming about.
It's a moment that seemed like a sure thing at times, and nearly impossible at others. The ups and downs of the CFL season have led us to this point, the biggest game in the 103 year history of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
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.