When the Grey Cup enters a room for a public function, it's usually a very big deal and that's why it's appearance is almost always shadowed by an accompanying colour guard of impressive men or women in uniform of some description.
When the grand old mug was ushered in to Toronto's city council chambers on Friday to help officially launch the festivities of the 100th Grey Cup Game, a line of seven police officers and two fire fighters stood dutifully behind it. All nine with something more in common than just the opportunity to appear in full dress and smile for the cameras as the dignitaries took to the podium.
All nine invited on this day are former CFL players with more than a dozen Grey Cup rings between them.
They're not the only ones who might have been at the reception. "There are lots more we could have invited," a CFL spokesperson said.
Lots more. Makes you wonder what it is about life as a pro football player might that leads so many of these past Grey Cup champions to step