Dave Dickenson is at his first Grey Cup in Ottawa since the 2004 game—a game in which his BC Lions lost to the Toronto Argonauts.
The Calgary Stampeders coach reflected on that game Wednesday at the coaches news conference hoping his experience and that of his team in 2017 is a vastly different one.
“We did a lot of things wrong,” Dickenson said. “We had a fight on the bus the day before the game.
“It wasn’t the type of situation that I would want to happen for our team this year.”
As for his counterpart Marc Trestman, the Toronto head coach is back in the Grey Cup game in his first year back in the CFL after leaving in 2012 to have head coaching stints in the NFL with Baltimore and Chicago.
When he was approached by the Argonauts to come back to the CFL, he did not hesitate.
“This is an amazing league, I say it all the time.” Trestman said. ” The grit of the players, the heart of the players. And it’s universal.It’s not just our teams. I think Dave would agree it’s throughout the League. These games go to the end for a reason, because of the type of men that are playing it, whichmakes this as unique a league as there is. And I love being a part of it.
The Stampeders are seven point favourites to win the 105th Grey Cup over the Argos. 620 CKRM will have the game starting at 5 Sunday afternoon.
620 CKRM’s Sportscage will originate live from Radio Row in Ottawa as Rod Pedersen and Luc Mullinder get you set for the game.