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Saskatchewan Roughriders fans hope for a win in '89

Heroes, underdogs and last-minute shockers make the Grey Cup the most celebrated event in Canadian football. Since 1909 the annual event has brought out the best in Canadian fan spirit and appreciation, from prime ministers to cross-country trekkers. Though the gridiron has been muddy at times, the fogs thick and the winds cold, the players have soldiered on and the fans have never stopped cheering.

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Surprising everyone, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are contending for their first Grey Cup in 13 years, meeting the Hamilton Tiger Cats in Toronto. Just a few years ago, the team was $1 million dollars in debt and struggling to stay alive. But Rider pride came through, and after fan-supported auctions, telethons, and dinners, the team made a recovery. The Roughriders are the beloved team of the Prairies, and have been since the days when farmer fans would trade bushels of wheat for season's tickets.
• On Nov. 26, 1989, the Roughriders beat the Tiger-Cats, 43-40.

• Many fans thought the evenly matched game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders was the greatest game ever played. In the final seconds Dave (Robokicker) Ridgeway kicked the most memorable field goal in Grey Cup history.
Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: Nov. 24, 1989
Guest(s): Sandy Archer, Donna Hassler, Gord Hassler, Ron Lancaster, Ian MacDougall
Host: Terence McKenna
Reporter: Kevin Tibbles
Duration: 6:47

Last updated: November 21, 2013

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