This weekend the Saskatchewan Roughriders could make CFL history by becoming the first cross over team to head to the Grey Cup. First, they have to get by a tough opponent who also wants to be in the championship game, the Toronto Argonauts. There isn’t a ton of love between the two teams especially when the two went head to head in the 85th Grey Cup 20 years ago today (Nov 16th).
The 1997 Grey Cup was held in Edmonton in front of over 60 thousand fans. Trooper was the half time show and it was the first appearance by the Riders in the Grey Cup in several years. Jim Daley was the coach of the Riders and Reggie Slack was Quarterback. Toronto was a very tough team back in the 90’s, coached by the late great Don Mathews, and led by Doug Flutie. Mike “Pinball” Clemons was also part of the the Argos that year. They were an incredible duo to say the least.
The Riders opened the scoring in the first quarter with a field goal by Paul McCallum. Their first touchdown didn’t come until the second quarter when Shawn Daniels found the end zone. The Riders didn’t score again until the fourth quarter when they got two more touchdowns. In the end, Toronto came out on top 47-23, but Rider Nation still celebrated regardless of what happened.
Let’s hope this Sunday will be a great match up again and Rider Nation will have a much better reason to celebrate after the game. Our guys are poised to make history this weekend, lets cheer LOUD and PROUD this Sunday!