5 cool things from Grey Cup 101 in Regina
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:
- 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.
- An amazing stunt during the half-time show involving a snowmobile flying over the field.
- Running back Kory Sheets shattering the Grey Cup game rushing record at 197 yards
- Celebrities Tom Hanks and Martin Short showing up for the game.
- The stink of the embarrassing 2009 Grey Cup loss becoming ancient history.
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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