November 18, 2007

An All Prairie Grey Cup: After holding (and winning) their first home playoff game in 19 years and then beating the B.C. Lions on the road, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are heading to Toronto to play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 95th Grey Cup. After losing All-Star QB Kevin Glenn to a broken arm in the Eastern Conference Final, Winnipeg seems to be the clear underdog.

posted by jc to football at 07:18 PM - 14 comments

Winnipeg lives and dies with Kevin Glenn. They're in pretty tough next weekend.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 08:09 PM on November 18, 2007

Yeah, I am biased being from Saskatchewan but I am a big Kevin Glenn fan. I don't know what Ryan Dinwiddie or Kliff Kingsbury have but since I had to look them up on and have never heard of them, I think they are in trouble.

posted by jc at 08:44 PM on November 18, 2007

And neither one is from Alberta. As a resident, this amuses me.

posted by Drood at 11:05 PM on November 18, 2007

Get ready, Toronto ... the Rider Nation is about to descend upon you like no other invasion imaginable! When the Stamps came out east to play Ottawa (the "other" Rough Riders) in T'rontuh in '48, the Grey Cup Spirit was born ... but in '07, when Rider Nation takes over your town ... it will change the very meaning of "spirit"! Point of note: Kent Austin led the Roughriders to their last Grey Cup victory in '89. It's almost like a prophecy for chrissakes!?!? As a die-hard Edmonton fan, this is a tough pill to swallow for a variety of reasons. But, as a CFL fan, this will truly be a Cup to remember! I'm flyin' out early to catch it first-hand ... the invasion of the "Green" people that is ... *To people from Saskatchewan: you're gonna have to leave "somebody" at home ... otherwise looters will run rampant in the ghost towns you leave behind! The potash will still be there to be mined when you get back home though.

posted by Spitztengle at 02:02 AM on November 19, 2007

Rider Nation? Shouldn't they be a herd? Also, Kliff Kingsbury is awesome. What a name.

posted by apoch at 02:57 AM on November 19, 2007

Should be a classic. I've submitted all of the statistical information into the CFL supercomputer (286 running DOS) to have it predict the outcome. The computer predicts a close game, with the Bombers winning on a single point off of a missed 18 yard Troy Westwood field goal setup by a no-yards penalty on a Saskatchewan punt.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:18 AM on November 19, 2007

Kliff Kingsbury was a QB for Texas Tech and still holds just about every passing record for the school if not the Big 12 (At work. Didn't have time to provide stateistical back-up). If given time to learn a system, he should be amazing. I'm Kind of surprised to learn he's in the CFL. I thought for sure he was an NFL shoe-in.

posted by hawkguy at 12:28 PM on November 19, 2007

I just want to point out that except for the Lions (dull) and Eskimos (incorrect and a bit offensive), the CFL is probably the best collection of sports team names in the world. Argonauts (also a great secondary nickname: The Boatmen) Stampeders Roughriders (I always like this one more than Rough Riders) Blue Bombers Tiger-Cats (instead of just Tigers) Alouettes (infinitely better than "Concordes")

posted by grum@work at 12:31 PM on November 19, 2007

Ryan Dinwiddie won 13 straight games for Boise State and broke a few of Doug Flutie's college records. He'll be the starter.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:32 PM on November 19, 2007

I disagree on one name. Tiger-Cats. As opposed to what? Tiger-Hamsters? Tiger-Water-Boatman? Tiger-Pandas? Actually that last one is pretty cool.

posted by Drood at 01:53 PM on November 19, 2007

Roughriders is an awesome name that is even sweeter being paired with Saskatchewan.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 02:10 PM on November 19, 2007

According to the all-powerful Wikipedia, the name "Tiger-Cats" came from the merger of two teams in 1950: Hamilton Tigers and Hamilton Flying Wildcats. Personally, I think "Hamilton Flying Tigers" would have been an even better merger-name. Tigers are scary creatures, but a tiger that can fly? You are in for a world of hurt now, mister!

posted by grum@work at 03:47 PM on November 19, 2007

I'm not saying anything about Winnipeg ever again.

posted by owlhouse at 04:23 PM on November 19, 2007

Honorary Banjo Bowl!

posted by Philfromhavelock at 09:33 PM on November 19, 2007

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