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  • The Riders raised the Grey Cup at the Saskatchewan legislature during Tuesday's parade.Regina's cold weather returned with a vengeance for Tuesday's Roughriders' victory parade, but that didn't stop masses of Saskatchewan fans from packing the streets. The parade started at 11 a.m. local time at Mosaic Stadium, site of the Riders' triumph in Sunday's 101st Grey Cup (which actually had surprisingly warm weather compared to the rest of the week), and then proceeded south down Albert Street through "The Green Mile" for a ceremony outside the provincial legislature with Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall. Tons of green-clad fans came out despite the temperatures, which ranged from -15 to -17 degrees Celsius (5 to 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit) with a windchill of -23 Celsius (-9.4 Fahrenheit), as per data from the Regina airport. Here are some photos and tweets from the parade, which involved the team, fans, politicians and the Grey Cup itself:

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  • The Saskatchewan Roughriders' organization has been busy over the last couple of days celebrating their Grey Cup win, but they still found time to reach out to fans of the losing Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Riders took out an ad in The Hamilton Spectator Tuesday featuring a statement from president and CEO Jim Hopson and chair Roger Brantvold tipping their hats to Tiger-Cats' fans. Here it is, via Hamilton fan group The Box J Boys:

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders took out an ad congratulating Tiger-Cats' fans.

    In case that text is too small to read, here it is:

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  • There's nothing like a blowout to kill television ratings.

    A one-sided Grey Cup game produced a 17 per cent drop in audience for TSN on Sunday, with the game averaging 4.5 million viewers. On the other hand, it was the most-watched sports program of the year and the fourth-largest Grey Cup audience ever, according to preliminary overnight data from BBM Canada.

    And it could have been headed for a record had the Saskatchewan Roughriders not been so dominant so early. Audience levels peaked at 5.5 million in the second quarter, dropped to 4.2 million during the half-time show, and never recovered.

    With the game all but decided after 30 minutes, a lot of viewers decided to go elsewhere. Still, more than 2 million viewers hung around to watch the post-game celebrations -- a number that made it the second most-watched sports event of the week. Only the early Hockey Night In Canada games (2.3 million) did better.

    Overall, more than 11.5 million viewers, or approximately one-third of the

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  • The snowbirds fly over before the Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 2013 Grey Cup Championship in Regina on Sunday November 24, 2013. (CFL PHOTO - Derek Mortensen)

    Sunday's Grey Cup was one of those A Tale of Two Cities moments for TSN.

    It was indeed the best of times -- an incredible atmosphere fuelled by the CFL's most rabid fan base, a million story lines and enough history to fill a book. But it also presented the worst of times -- a game that was basically over before some band most of us never heard of put on its halftime show.

    While the combination could have proved deadly and led to all kinds of foolishness, TSN did a solid job of avoiding the sideshow and sticking with the main event -- a championship football game.

    With the crowd and apparently even the Saskatchewan Roughriders celebrating victory as the half ended with the home team up 31-6, you could not have blamed TSN producer Jon Hynes for deciding to go all Fox on the game.

    For the uninitiated, that means abandoning coverage of the game and training cameras on every celebrity and pretty young face you can find in the stands. If you remember, Fox managed to miss a home run during

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  • Rider head coach Corey Chamblin (R) hugged QB Darian Durant after Sunday's Grey Cup.REGINA—The parties have already started all over this city following the hometown Roughriders' 45-23 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday, and both the team's avid fans and its players are planning to partake. While it's been a crazy week of parties in Regina, things have been rather buttoned-down for the Riders this week, as their coaches have tried to keep them focused on the game. Saskatchewan head coach Corey Chamblin said that's all over now, though, and he even referenced his response to the traditional sex question from earlier in the week.

    "Now we've won, I'm sure they'll have a lot of sex," Chamblin said with a laugh in a press conference after the game.

    Chamblin can afford to laugh now, and he's certainly laughing last. It was a long week of media focusing on Hamilton head coach Kent Austin and his return to a city where he won Grey Cups as both a head coach and as a quarterback, and that may have left Chamblin feeling a little undervalued despite his own remarkable accomplishments. After all, there's even a poster of Austin on the side of Mosaic Stadium. On Sunday, though, it was Austin who was excluded from the fun, stuck answering questions about his team's poor execution after the loss. Meanwhile, Chamblin proved victorious, becoming just the second African-American head coach to win a Grey Cup and doing so in just his second season as a CFL head coach (and his second season with the Riders). He said it wasn't all about him, though, and a lot of the win came from the raucous Rider fans who helped make life miserable for the Tiger-Cats offence all night. Chamblin said it's nice to be on the green side, as he remembered Saskatchewan fans making things challenging for the other teams he coached with in Winnipeg, Calgary and Hamilton.

    "I've been on the other side of the green team doing that so many times," he said. "When I was in Calgary we'd see that and say 'Aw, hell, here they go again."

    The Riders almost didn't get here, as despite a hot start, they went through a prolonged midseason four-game losing skid that coincided with the absence of eventual Grey Cup MOP Kory Sheets due to injuries. They also suffered several other bad injuries and a few other slumps here and there. Chamblin said he felt those experiences proved to be positive overall for the team, though.

    "All those situations came and they broke us, but not in a negative way," he said. "Sometimes you break so you can renew yourself."

    Saskatchewan also almost fell to the B.C. Lions in the first round of the playoffs, waiting until the dying moments to take charge in a 29-25 West semifinal win. Chamblin said he felt that close call was instrumental to propelling the Riders to a new level of play, allowing them easier wins over Calgary and Hamilton.

    "B.C. shook it up, and I think from that point we turned it up," he said.

    He said the Riders' bonds as a team allowed them to overcome the adversity they faced.

    "We knew if we played together and stayed together, a lot of positive things would happen."

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  • Kory Sheets earned the Grey Cup's Most Outstanding Player award and got to lift the trophy Sunday.REGINA—Saskatchewan's 45-23 win over Hamilton in Sunday's Grey Cup had a lot to do with the crowd, but it also was about running back Kory Sheets. Sheets carried the ball 20 times for 197 yards, shattering Johnny Bright's 1956 record of 169 yards and averaging 9.9 yards per carry. He also added two touchdowns and was named the game's Most Outstanding Player. However, Sheets said all the individual accolades and awards paled by comparison next to the trophy.

    "It feels good to get that rushing record, but it feels better to get that Grey Cup," he said in a press conference afterwards. "Best moment of my career."

    Sheets said the game unfolded perfectly for the Riders.

    "Everything, the pass, the run, the protection, the special teams, the defence; it was all working," he said. "It was our night."

    There was a lot of pressure on the team to win this year with the Grey Cup being at home, but Sheets said that didn't bother them.

    "We focused on the Grey Cup, getting here, winning this game, and all the outside pressure just took care of itself."

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  • Kent Austin and the Ticats fell to the Roughriders. (The Canadian Press)REGINA – It didn’t end with a Grey Cup title as they hoped, but the Hamilton Tiger-Cats certainly gave their fans a memorable season.

    It was a strange year with their home games being played in Guelph, Ont., saw a strong finish to the regular season, a somewhat surprising playoff run, and finally, a disappointing 45-23 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 101st Grey Cup. Though few pundits picked the Tiger-Cats to beat the Riders on their home field, most expected a closer game. The Riders set a Grey Cup record by scoring 31 first-half points and never really let the Tiger-Cats back in.

    “We didn’t execute very well,” Ticats head coach Kent Austin said. “For the most part the protection was decent, against a strong team like that they’re eventually going to get to the quarterback. We just didn’t throw and catch the ball very well today like we have.”

    The loss is another interesting turn in Austin’s history with the Roughriders. Austin was the quarterback of the 1989 Grey Cup

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  • The almost-completely-green stands played a key role in Sunday's Grey Cup.REGINA—For the third straight season, the team hosting the Grey Cup lifted it, but the effects of a hometown crowd might have been more acutely felt this night than ever. The 44,710 fans in attendance at Mosaic Stadium for Saskatchewan's 45-23 win were mostly clad in Rider green, and they made an earsplitting din that made life extremely hard for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

    Saskatchewan head coach Corey Chamblin said after the game that the fans were a massive part of the Riders' success against the Tiger-Cats.

    "The fans were unreal," he said. "It was unreal. From pregame warmup I knew it was going to be tough for those guys. I looked at them and said I wouldn't want to be in your shoes. That was the best home game we had all year."

    Middle linebacker Mike McCullough said he thought the crowd threw the Tiger-Cats off.

    "I think it had to," he said. "Coming into this environment, it's not an easy environment to play in. To know all those people 45,000 fans were behind us. I mean, they played unbelievably well, and I wouldn't want to be them having to come into this stadium and play against us."

    He said the support the fans gave the Riders really amped up their defence.

    "Just to see the fans, and the cheering, it was awesome," McCullough said. "This was just another home game for us, and that's what made it so special."

    Running back Kory Sheets, who was named the game's Most Outstanding Player for his 20-carry, 197-yard performance, said the crowd was definitely an edge for the Riders.

    "I said before the game started this is not a neutral crowd, this is not a neutral site. Our fans are going to be here rocking and they proved it."

    Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris, who had complained about the league's ostensible Riders' bias before the game, had a particularly tough night, with thousands screaming "HEN-RY! HEN-RY!" mockingly during every Tiger-Cats' huddle, and the fans' abuse likely played a role in his performance; while he threw for 272 yards, he finished the night with just 20 completions on 43 attempts (46.5 per cent) with one interception and no touchdowns. Saskatchewan defensive halfback Dwight Anderson played with Burris in Calgary and won a Grey Cup with him in 2008 in Montreal on hostile turf against the hometown Alouettes. Anderson said things were difficult for Burris and the Stampeders'

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  • Kory Sheets celebrates one of his three touchdowns. (The Canadian Press)REGINA — It’s party time in Saskatchewan.

    The Saskatchewan Roughriders won a once-in-a-lifetime Grey Cup on their home field, thanks to a running back with a record-setting performance.

    Kory Sheets rushed for 197 yards, a Grey Cup record. He did it on 20 carries, an incredible 9.8 yards per carry average. He also scored two touchdowns in the Riders’ convincing 45-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 101st Grey Cup.

    The Roughriders became the third consecutive team to win the Grey Cup in their home stadium, but because this was a ‘Celebration in Rider Nation’ it took on extra importance. The entire city was a sea of green all week long and it was primed for a party. The Riders didn’t have a choice. They had to win for the province.

    And they did it in convincing fashion. The Ticats scored first on a field goal, but were never close after that.

    Sheets was a unanimous choice for the game’s MVP award. Receiver Chris Getzlaf was named top Canadian player after hauling in three catches for

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  • The Roughriders will have a decided home-field advantage. (The Canadian Press)The 101st Grey Cup kicks off in less than an hour in Regina. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are trying to win the Grey Cup for the first time since 1999 while the Saskatchewan Roughriders are trying to win in front of their home fans.

    Here are some noteworthy items as kickoff approaches.

    --The weather: The temperature at kickoff is expected to be 0C with the winds making it feel like -7. That’s a considerable improvement from the frigid weather earlier in the week. By the second half, when the sun goes down, it could feel like -11.

    Here’s a look at how the weather conditions could affect the game:

    --Tickets: Since Wednesday, ticket prices have dropped 15-25 percent, according to data from SeatGeek provided to Yahoo Sports. As of Saturday night, the cheapest ticket on the resale market was $200. Perhaps due to the lack accommodations in Regina, the resale market has been slower than expected.

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  • Henry Burris blasted the CFL awards in comments aired on TSN Sunday.REGINA—With the 2013 Grey Cup being held in Saskatchewan (live chat here), featuring the hometown Roughriders, and being even dubbed "The Celebration In Rider Nation," there was plenty of potential for opposing players to criticize any perceived favouritism the league showed towards the Riders. That remained a rather muted topic for most of the week, though, but it did erupt just before the Grey Cup kicked off. On a pre-game interview with TSN's Matt Dunigan that aired less than an hour before kickoff time, Hamilton quarterback Henry Burris blasted the league's handling of Thursday night's awards show, which he said felt like a coronation of the Riders.

    "We felt so disrespected," Burris said. "I've never been so embarrassed in my life."

    Burris said that sentiment was widespread amongst the Tiger-Cats after the show.

    "We got onto that bus and nobody was saying anything," he said. "We were all so fired up to play this game right after that."

    He said he felt the event should have been far more neutral.

    "It's the Grey Cup, it's two teams here, we're each representing our sides," Burris said. "That was a celebration of one team."

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  • Peter Dyakowski said cold games like this East semifinal in Guelph prepared the Ticats for Regina.REGINA—Although temperatures on Sunday are expected to be relatively mild during the Grey Cup (live chat here), Hamilton and Saskatchewan players will still have to deal with temperatures that could feel as low as -12 degrees Celsius with windchill and the cold could still be a factor in the game. That's nothing compared to some of the practices this week, though, where some Hamilton players even suffered frostbite from temperatures that dropped to -21 Celsius (-31 with windchill factored in). Interestingly enough, one of the Ticats who was most confident about his team's ability to deal with the cold was Canadian guard Peter Dyakowski, though. Dyakowski (an extremely intelligent guy who's been named Canada's Smartest Person and will be appearing on Jeopardy this spring) would seem like someone more used to warm temperatures, as he was born and raised in temperate Vancouver and played his college football in extremely-warm conditions at Louisiana State University. Dyakowski's been in the CFL with Hamilton almost since graduating in 2006 (he had a brief stint with the NFL's New Orleans Saints, but then came to Canada), though, and he said after practice Wednesday that his body's now used to the cold, not the Louisiana heat.

    "That's so long ago now that I've really gotten used to the cold weather," Dyakowski said. "The last of the hot weather was purged from me in the East Final in Winnipeg in 2011 when we had -30 windchill."

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  • Corey Chamblin (R) could move out of Kent Austin's shadow with a win Sunday.REGINA—So much of the talk of Grey Cup week has centred around Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach and general manager Kent Austin, who led the Riders to one Grey Cup as a quarterback in 1989 and another as a head coach in 2007 before leaving for the NCAA and then returning to the CFL this year with Hamilton. In fact, Austin's so important locally that there's a giant poster of him on the wall of Mosaic Stadium. The Riders have moved on from Austin, though, and they have a renowned head coach of their own now in Corey Chamblin, who's proved very adept at handling the spotlight, even besting Austin with his answer to the traditional sex question earlier this week. Will Chamblin be able to best a Saskatchewan legend Sunday and seal his own place in Riders' history? Well, we'll see, but his journey to this point suggests he's long been able to adapt and roll with the punches. Facing a man whose poster hangs on the stadium's just another challenge for him, and Chamblin said this week he has a good reason to not be bothered by it.

    Kent Austin's poster still hangs on the side of Mosaic Stadium."I actually come in the other way," Chamblin said to laughter at the coaches' first press conference.

    Some coaches might well be bothered by the presence of an adversary on their own stadium, but Chamblin said he embraces the Riders' history.

    "One thing I never want to do is remove those ancient landmarks," he said. "That's part of the foundation. The Riders wouldn't have the Cups they have without Kent and Richie [Hall, the current Riders' DC] and all those guys, and we're just trying to build on all the things those guys did in the past."

    It may be easier for Chambin to not be intimidated by Austin given that he has a pretty solid coaching legend in his own corner; Pittsburgh Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin, who was Chamblin's position coach when he played defensive back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. Chamblin said Tomlin's help has been crucial to his career.

    "Mike was a great mentor," Chamblin said. "When I was a young player with Tampa, I got the chance to see him coach at a young age, coach with fire enthusiasm and be very detailed. When I got into the coaching business, he was one of the guys that would help straight away and say some of the things that I should do. I would stay in contact with him as far as different things along the way, not so much the X's and O's, but just how to handle yourself, how to win championships, how to coach."

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  • .REGINA—The 101st Grey Cup is all set for kickoff and Yahoo! Canada's on the scene to bring you live coverage. Our full preview of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' and Saskatchewan Roughriders' offences, defences and special teams is here.

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  • Will it be Kent Austin (L) or Corey Chamblin lifting the Grey Cup this year?Finishing off our Playoff Preview series for this year, here's a breakdown of Sunday's 101st Grey Cup (6 p.m. Eastern, TSN/RDS/NBCSN) between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

    Hamilton offence: Four frostbitten players: The Tiger-Cats had one of the league's best passing attacks this year, leading the CFL with 246 passing first downs in the regular season and placing second in passing yards per game (299.7) and gain per pass (8.5 yards). Quarterback Henry Burris had a solid season, throwing for a league-high 4,925 yards with 24 touchdowns and a 65.3 per cent completion rate. However, Burris definitely had Bad Hank moments too, as evidenced by his 19 interceptions. The Hamilton rushing offence is also questionable: running back C.J. Gable didn't have a bad year when he got to carry the ball, picking up 784 yards and seven touchdowns with an average of 6.0 yards per carry, and backup quarterbacks Dan LeFevour and Jeremiah Masoli have been very effective when subbed in for rushing-focused packages, but the Tiger-Cats don't run a lot, especially not with a traditional tailback. The 102.8 rushing yards they averaged per game was fourth-best in the league, but it was a long way behind #1 Calgary (141.5) and #2 Saskatchewan (128.8).

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  • Neil Lumsden's famed career with the Gee-Gees got him to the Hall of Fame.REGINA—The Canadian Football Hall of Fame added seven new members at a reception Friday night, but only one was recognized for his CIS playing career. That would be renowned University of Ottawa running back, punter and kicker Neil Lumsden, who starred for the Gee-Gees from 1972 to 1975, leading them to a Vanier Cup in his final season and winning the Ted Morris Trophy as the Vanier Cup's MVP that year. Lumsden had an excellent CFL career as well, playing for Toronto, Hamilton and Edmonton from 1976 to 1985, but it's his amateur accomplishments that really stand out, and they saw him enter the Hall under a 2010 rule change that's led to the induction of one CIS or CJFL player each year since. Lumsden said Friday he loved being recognized for his CIS career, as the memories he has from that team are still very special to him.

    "You talk about what we had together, great pride," he said. "I still see a lot of those guys, I played with a lot of them in my CFL career and we were always referencing that. It was a very tight-knit group of guys. Our coach Don Gilbert was phenomenal in our development as players. I think from that Vanier Cup team we had 18, 19 guys go to the CFL. What we were doing was something pretty special and this just brings it all back and makes me think about them. Some of the guys are no longer with us, they're passed unfortunately, so it's a really really big, deep mirror I'm looking into. The reflection is great."

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  • Wally Buono won the Annis Stukus Award as coach of the year four times.REGINA—Of the seven members of the the Canadian Football Hall of Fame's newest class who were introduced at a party Friday night, only one is still active. That would be B.C. Lions general manager Wally Buono, inducted for an incredible coaching career that saw him rack up more wins than any coach in CFL history (254) over two decades with the Lions and the Calgary Stampeders. Buono, a four-time coach of the year, won five Grey Cups and appeared in nine. He's unique on another front, too, as he's currently the only Canadian serving as a full general manager in the CFL (although acting Winnipeg GM Kyle Walters may soon join him). Despite Canadian coaches and general managers being a rarity in the CFL, Buono said he never worried too much about his citizenship, though.

    "I've never seen myself as a Canadian coach," he said. "I kind of struggled with that as a player. As a coach, there's no ratio, there's no formula. They hire you because they believe you can do the job."

    It helped that one of Buono's coaching mentors was famed Bombers' player, coach and executive Cal Murphy, a fellow Canadian.

    "I think one of my great models was Cal Murphy," Buono said. "When I first got into coaching, Cal was very supportive. He always took the time to talk to me if I needed some advice or information. He was there for me."

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  • Ben Cahoon said the Grey Cups he won were his favourite CFL memories.REGINA—On some levels, Ben Cahoon was the unlikeliest of CFL stars. Who would have imagined that a 5'9'', 185-pound slotback from Orem, Utah by way of BYU would turn into one of Canadian football's all-time greatest receiving threats? Cahoon pulled that off, though, putting up an incredible 13-year career with the Montreal Alouettes that saw him win three Grey Cups, earn three league all-star nods and set a CFL record with 1,017 career receptions (which stood until Geroy Simon broke it this year). That career saw him become part of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame's newest class Friday night, and he said while it wasn't the football stardom he'd initially envisioned growing up, it proved out to be beyond his dreams.

    "It was a dream come true to make a professional football team," Cahoon said. "Every single day I tried not to take that for granted, I tried to go out there and grind, every single day, every single practice to earn my keep. It was a dream to play professional football. I can't see I dreamed of playing for the Montreal Alouettes, but it turned out to be a dream career. I'm really fortunate."

    Cahoon said he was thrilled to get the call from the Hall.

    "It's fantastic to be honoured, to get to this point," he said. "It was surprising and shocking."

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  • Calgary kicker Rene Paredes was named the CFL's top special teams player Thursday.REGINA—It was a pretty good Grey Cup week for Calgary Stampeders' kicker Rene Paredes, but only until he actually looked at his award. At the Gibson's Finest CFL Player Awards Thursday, Paredes picked up the league's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player Award, and did so in a blowout, collecting 47 of the 50 total votes in his matchup with Hamilton cover man Marc Beswick. However, as Scott Mitchell of The Calgary Sun pointed out, the league made a rather significant error on his award. Let's use the photo above and zoom in on that plaque...

    Rene Paredes' award listed him as playing for the wrong team.

    Yes, stating that Paredes plays for the Saskatchewan Roughriders instead of the Stampeders is problematic, especially in a Grey Cup held in Regina. It's that sort of thing that's led players to complain about Saskatchewan bias in the past. Perhaps the engravers were Rider fans? Or maybe they just wanted to break up Calgary's dominance at the awards, as fellow Stampeders Brett Jones and Jon Cornish also won. Regardless, Paredes wasn't thrilled, and neither was his former teammate Romby Bryant, as you can see from their Twitter discussion below:

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  • Some claim an earlier season might help the league avoid cold conditions like Friday's.REGINA—CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon's state of the league address Friday didn't feature a lot of controversial topics, but one particularly interesting one did come up; the idea of moving the CFL schedule earlier in the year. This has been brought up before, often by people who don't like the late-season weather, but there hasn't been any real momentum to change things. On Friday, though, Cohon seemed open to at least exploring the possibility. He smartly couched that discussion in terms of a business case, though, and it seems likely that when that business case is explored, the league will see that an earlier season doesn't make much sense.

    The discussion of moving the season arose thanks to Greg Harder of The Regina Leader-Post asking Cohon about when the Grey Cup would return to the city. Cohon said it would likely be a while, considering the new stadiums in Winnipeg, Hamilton and Ottawa and other established cities' desires to host the event as well. However, he added that while it's perfectly doable to host a Grey Cup in Regina in late November, the cold weather isn't ideal.

    "I'm not sure when that will happen," he said, laughingly. "You've got to build a few more hotels, get it a little warmer. Clearly the Riders will get in the rotation, but there's a lot of other teams."

    Cohon said he thinks the current temperatures aren't too bad, though, and that Regina's done a great job of hosting this.

    "It's a great market; I don't think there are any deterrents," he said. "We're hardy Canadians. All we have to do is put on our Sorel boots and our winter gloves to have a good time. I'm not worried about the weather."

    However, from there, he mentioned that there has been discussion in the league offices of potentially moving the season a bit earlier so that Grey Cups aren't often held in quite as cold conditions.

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