As we saw in our pre-season team guide, these are the two teams that have gone the longest without winning it all.
The Redemption Ring?
Whichever team is led to victory on Sunday there will be a feeling of redemption, and relief, for that franchise. The other will be feeling there is a ‘curse’ that still needs lifting.
The Ti-Cats have had their best ever regular season going 15-3. During that span they were 8-0 at home and 8-2 against West Division teams.
Fifteen wins equals the second most ever in a CFL season. That feat has previously been achieved by Montreal in 2009, Toronto in 1996 & 1997, the Baltimore Stallions in 1995 & Calgary in 1993-5, 2014 & 2016.
Those teams made 8 Grey Cups and finished up winners on 5 occasions in the big game. Hamilton will want to make it six.
The Blue Bombers finished 11-7 and third in the West Division this year. During that span they were 8-1 at home and 3-4 against the East Division teams.
Winnipeg finished the season with a flourish defeating defending champions Calgary in the final week and the Western Semi-Final.
They then defeated West Division winners the Roughriders in a tense game in Saskatchewan to set up this game.
Hoping for a great game
Fans of both sets of teams will want to see their team claim the title – preferably in dominant fashion. For the rest, it will be about hoping for a great game.
Hamilton coach Orlando Steinauer is a candidate for coach of the year. Not bad for a rookie. Both he and Mike O’Shea of Winnipeg are rookies when it comes to leading a team into the grey Cup however.
Teams from Hamilton and Winnipeg have met in the Grey Cup 8 times in the modern era. Let’s hope this is closer than the last occasion in 1984 when Winnipeg won 47-17!
Nobody knows how this will play out but Grey Cup week is full of anticipation and excitement. Fingers crossed the game lives up to it!
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