TORONTO—In keeping with a 55-Yard Line tradition, I spoke with TSN play-by-play man Chris Cuthbert Saturday about what to expect in Sunday's game. Cuthbert is calling his 14th Grey Cup, but he said that's the wrong number to focus on in the 100th Grey Cup.
"The only number that matters for me is 100," Cuthbert said. "I think that's special. There's no doubt this is the biggest Grey Cup game I'll ever get to call. We'll wait and find out if it's the best game, that's going to be difficult to do, but the historic significance of 100 is special for me as a guy who can probably remember at least half of them. I feel pretty fortunate."
Cuthbert said TSN's broadcast will feature plenty of nods to history.
"There is a little bit of a concerted effort to celebrate the history of the game a little bit more," he said. "I know every time we go to break we will have some of the iconic figures from Jackie Parker to Normie Kwong to Sonny Wade and Dan Kepley. When we go to commercial each time, that was something I wanted to do, I wanted to make sure because it's the 100th we touch base with the past."
He said what's stood out about this week is the excitement and the buzz that's built locally.
"What's special for me is that Toronto is coming alive about it," Cuthbert said. "That was always 'How would Toronto treat this game?' and I thought the 100th would have some success, but for the Argos to be here and for everything just starting to steamroll momentum-wise, it's been a great week. We got caught up in the excitement of Marty the horse and everything. For me, that too was because of 1948. It wouldn't have been the same in 2007 (the last time the Grey Cup was held in Toronto), but that's part of the history of this game. That's why that was a significant story. To see Toronto re-embrace the Argos is neat and it's a huge silver lining for the whole thing."
Cuthbert said Sunday's game should hopefully live up to the that excitement, but both teams' remarkable depth makes it tough to choose a specific element as crucial.
"Both teams have explosive and multi-faceted offences, so it's kind of hard to pinpoint," he said. "I've had one kind-of-neutral football insider tell me it's all about who has the better game, Chad Kackert or Jon Cornish, and Jon Cornish will say 'If I don't have a good game, we're going to be devastating through the air.' Both teams can beat you in so many ways, and Scott [Milanovich] mentioned in his press conference that in recent weeks, Chad Owens has had a 200-yard game, Mo Mann and [Dontrelle] Inman have had 100-yard games, Kackert's had huge games on the ground. I'm hoping we get that kind of offence."
The Grey Cup airs at 6 p.m. Eastern Sunday. Cuthbert and analyst Glen Suitor will be calling it for TSN, and their broadcast can also be seen on NBC Sports Network in the United States. Come back to 55-Yard Line then for a live chat.