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'Surreal' Grey Cup weekend for Ticats fan in Regina

After one day in Regina, Hamilton's Jeff May is mentally preparing to see his beloved Tiger-Cats play the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Grey Cup on Sunday. But no matter the result of the game, he says, this weekend will be "something I'll just never forget."

'It's something I'll just never forget,' says Hamilton's Jeff May

Though he’s a Ticats fan in Riderville, Jeff May is getting a hearty prairie welcome.

The Hamilton accountant took a 44-hour bus trip to Regina for Grey Cup weekend, arriving early on Saturday morning. He’ll be in the stands at Mosaic Stadium on Sunday to cheer on his beloved Tiger-Cats as they face off against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Sunday’s CFL final.

But regardless of the outcome of the game, the entire experience “will be something I’ll just never forget,” he told CBC Hamilton on Sunday morning. 

The people here are just so naturally very friendly. They should be an example for the rest of Canada.—Jeff May, Hamilton Tiger-Cats fan

Upon his arrival in the Saskatchewan capital, he said, May was met immediately with warm hospitality, not hostility, from local Roughriders fans.

“The people here are just so naturally very friendly,” said May, who runs an accounting business. “They should be an example for the rest of Canada.”

Regina, he added, is a football-mad city, an appealing quality for May, himself an die-hard CFL fan.

“Not only are all the children decked out in green from head to toe, but they are also so enthusiastic with the football-related games they have set up here, it made me think the fan base here is alive for many future generations to come.”

On Saturday, May watched the Grey Cup parade and toured the city to participate in many of the day’s CFL-themed activities. He even managed to meet Ticats president Bob Young and Hamilton's mayor, Bob Bratina.

To hear May's Sunday morning report from Regina, click on the box in the top left-hand corner of the page. Also, view some of his pictures from Saturday by scrolling through the photo gallery at the top of the page. 

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