5 cool things from Grey Cup 101 in Regina

The Grey Cup at Mosaic Stadium was an exciting event for Saskatchewan.
Celebrity Tom Hanks was at the Grey Cup game declaring that the Rider Nation's sea of green was "impressive" and posted this selfie to his Twitter account. (@tomhanks)

The Grey Cup at Mosaic Stadium was an exciting event for Saskatchewan. Never before has a home-team crowd watched the Saskatchewan Roughriders win the championship game.

Amid all the hoopla, some standouts include:

  1. A record-setting 50-50 draw that will see around $250,000 go to support the Regina Rams and other groups and programs around the province.
  2. An amazing stunt during the half-time show involving a snowmobile flying over the field.
  3. Running back Kory Sheets shattering the Grey Cup game rushing record at 197 yards
  4. Celebrities Tom Hanks and Martin Short showing up for the game.
  5. The stink of the embarrassing 2009 Grey Cup loss becoming ancient history.

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Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant hoists the Grey Cup after beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Championship game Sunday. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

The football game itself generated all sorts of exciting moments — but how does it stack up against the three other Grey Cup championships earned by the Roughriders?

  • 1966 - Riders win their first Grey Cup, after 53 years of franchise history, including a string of Grey Cup appearances in the 1930s. The 1966 team was led by future CFL Hall of Famers Ron Lancaster and George Reed. The Riders beat Ottawa 29-14.
  • 1989 - The Riders pull off a Cinderella run through playoffs to get to the big game, which ends with a thrilling 43-40 victory over Hamilton. Dave Ridgway kicks the winning field goal in the dying seconds. That play, in Rider Nation parlance, simply becomes known as "the kick".
  • 2007 - The Riders snap an 18-year championship drought to advance to the Grey Cup, this time with the QB from the 1989 Grey Cup, Kent Austin, in a new role as rookie coach. Defensive back James Johnson grabs three interceptions in a 23-19 win over Winnipeg.
  • 2013 - A dream season is capped by a 45-23 win against Hamilton in front of a 45,000-strong home crowd. Darian Durant throws three touchdowns. Kory Sheets runs for a record 197 yards in the game.


With files from CBC's Adam Hunter


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