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Friday, November 25, 2016

THURSDAY GREY CUP PHOTOS


For many, Thursday was Day 2 of Grey Cup Week here in Toronto.  The hallowed trophy was on display in a ballroom at the Delta Toronto for the media day for both the Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa RedBlacks.  Here are some photos of what's going on in Toronto ...


As you can see by the CN Tower, fog and dreary conditions have settled in on Canada's largest city.  At the very least, it's been above zero degrees with no snow ...


You can't say there's NO signage.  The Delta is the host hotel and went all out ...


Right out front of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where the "action" is ...


Sportsnet's Arash Madani and Travis Lulay offer analysis ...


C.C. chats with Calgary quarterback Andrew Buckley ...


Two Grey Cup fixtures: Edmonton's Bryan Hall and TSN's Glen Suitor ...


Stampeders Running Backs coach Marc Mueller, a proud Regina product who joined us on the SportsCage on Thursday ...


Into the Convention Centre we go ...


Grey Cup merchandise outlet ...


Fans can pose for photos on the TSN set, and pretend to be TV anchors ...


The SportsCage's radio location, right in the middle of the big boys ...


Argonauts defensive end Shawn Lemon joined us on air.  Asked why requested a trade out of Saskatchewan, Lemon answered the same line as back in June ... "You'd have to ask Chris Jones."


Kate Petterson of TSN Radio joined us as well ..


Another Grey Cup tradition: the 620 CKRM Rider Pep Band performs live on the SportsCage ...


The next several photos aren't suitable for all audiences.  This nice gal behind the counter of a downtown convenience store was one of the few in the area who was aware the Grey Cup is even on ...


This newspaper ad has been making the rounds like wildfire ... For $30 you could get a pizza, wings, Coke and TWO Grey Cup tickets.  The CFL moved quickly to shut the promotion down, but the damage has already been done ...


Keep in mind that these photos were from around 7:30 pm ET, and Riderville (the host party of the Saskatchewan Roughriders) had only been open for 2 1/2 hours ...


Yikes.


My accountant Chris (left) was one of the Rider Priders in attendance at Riderville!  Here he is with his gal Kaitlin and their friend Dwayne ...


Rider greats Neal Hughes and Scott Gordon kick back in the Riderville VIP room.  Hughes and Mike McCullough are the hosts for Riderville ..


And next door they weren't exactly packing them in at the Atlantic Schooners party.

Everyone's hoping things pick up on Friday!

SEE YOU ON THE RADIO AT 4:00
RP
@rodpedersen

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

And we need Toronto in this league, Why? They don't care.
May as well put the Grey Cup in Moncton. At least there would be some people there interested in partying. Three years ago all the parties were packed basically on Thursday, and Friday and Saturday were absolutely nuts. The party hopefully will pick up tomorrow, be sad if it doesn't at somewhat.

Anonymous said...

Ghost town...yikes

@mrt_man said...

WOW... I SHOULD GET SOMEONE TO BID ON ON A SCHOONER JERSEY FOR ME!.. IF I CAN FIND SOMEONE TO GO TO THEIR ROOM. THOSE GUYS ARE GREAT!

Anonymous said...

Riderville GC team promotions on even par fan attendance with a Atlantic Schooners team that doesn't evan exist, huh? CFL on its last legs until Quebec City Aces, Atlantic Schooners, Saskatoon Blueberries granted football franchises to start play asap!

Anonymous said...

I remember working the 07 Grey Cup. One of the organizers said to us: thank you for being here. You and Winnipeg will make this a success. And we did! Hopefully stamps fans will too.

Anonymous said...

Hmm the engine that drives the cfl looks like it is out of gas...

Anonymous said...

I'm not shocked. Even the party venues are overcharging at the door and then $10 a beer.

Anonymous said...

No matter where the Grey Cup is there are so many volunteers who help put the week together. I hope Friday brings the big crowds in and starts the weekend off properly. When I think of the celebration in Regina three years ago, standing out in the -30 temps freezing in a lineup of hundreds of people waiting to get in the building I think it is sad that Toronto is struggling.

Anonymous said...

Tell me again why we need Toronto in the CFL.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's too bad that Toronto basically ignores the CFL and the Grey Cup.

To Anon who thinks that a CFL team in Saskatoon is a good idea, give your head a shake. I live in Saskatoon but have lived in other parts of the province including Regina, and have been a lifelong Rider fan. I'm a season ticket holder and a shareholder and there is zero chance I would ever support a Saskatoon team. I'm pretty certain that you'd get the same answer from any Rider fan north of Chamberlain. Anyone who thinks Rider fans would switch allegiance to a Saskatoon-based team just doesn't know how deep green runs through the veins so people should just give it rest. It won't happen and any ownership group that wanted to give it a try would lose a ton of money and fold within a few years.

George Porge said...

"Anyone who thinks Rider fans would switch allegiance to a Saskatoon-based team just doesn't know how deep green runs through the veins so people should just give it rest."

Saskatoon Rider fans are Rider fans because they are the only team in the province. If "Riderville" and fan support have proven anything, it's that Saskatchewan fans are incredible homers (not that fans in other cities aren't, though).

It would be rocky start to have a team open up in Saskatoon, for sure, but if there's any Western market that could support one, it would indeed be the 'toon.

Yes, there will be die hards that support the Riders (just as there are still plenty of "Original Six" fans in Edmonton and Calgary flying Leafs and Habs flags), however you can bet that there is a huge untapped fanbase (especially younger fans) in Saskatoon that would easily switch allegiance to a home-turf football team.

Albertans have enjoyed the "Battle of Alberta" for so many years, and are now enjoying it once again. Ontario has a similar rivalry between their teams. A "Battle of Saskatchewan" series would be pretty awesome to watch, I have to say.

John Knight said...

I agree, Saskatoon will never have a CFL team and doesn't need one. GREEN IS THE COLOR so STOP BRINGING IT UP. The league could get off their A_S and put a team in eastern Canada (Maritimes)and I along with many others feel it would have tremendous support

Anonymous said...

$20 cover charge at per person at each teams door is ridiculous, how you supposed to promote the teams and the league in Toronto???

Anonymous said...

A Saskatoon football franchise/team would be a welcome addition to the CFL embracing it with open arms. Saskatoon/area (Edmonton, Loydminister, N.Battleford, Prince Albert, Rosetown, Humbolt, Matinsville, Yorkton, Meadow Lake, etc etc) ready willing able to support. As for anyone wanting to continue their financial support down south, that's their prerogative choice to do so. Lets go Saskatoon!

Anonymous said...

George Porge and Anon - it's great that you would support a Saskatoon franchise, but the vast majority just wouldn't switch their allegiance from supporting the Riders with over a hundred years of tradition and history...that isn't going to happen. If you really believe that then explain to me why most Rider fans who move out of province continue to support the Riders despite relocating to Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver etc? As well, there isn't an untapped younger fanbase in the province as the Riders have done a tremendous marketing job of reaching those fans already. For example, how many newborn baby pics have you seen with the babies dressed in Rider gear? Heck, most Sk residents are Rider fans before they're born!

Lastly, there is only so much corporate sponsorship to go around. It's not likely that provincial Government, Sask-Tel, PotashCorp, Cameco and Mosaic and the hundreds of other corporate sponsors will be willing and/or able to sponsor another CFL franchise in the province. Heck, the City of Saskatoon is having trouble finding funding for the Meewasin Valley Authourity and the province is going to run a billion dollar deficit in one year!

The idea of CFL franchise is a doomed-to-fail pipe dream by a very small group of people, all of whom probably voted for our current federal government. Support the Hilltops, the Huskies and high school football but forget about a CFL franchise in Saskatoon! Or at least stop talking about it.

Anonymous said...

Why is that devout CFL basher Arash Madani even there?
He should be blacklisted for the negativity he broadcasts about our league.

Anonymous said...

$20 cover charge and over $10 a drink. Can I get a flight home today?

Anonymous said...

Times they be a changing. A Saskatoon CFL team would surely do better than the pathetic 4 grey cups the riders have in a 100 + year history. A Saskatoon franchise would be a sure bet to set high professional football operations standards accountable to its new fanbase dollar.

Anonymous said...

they're not doing the all-party-pass concept they did for the 2013 cup?

c'mon man!

1 ticket, pay once, circulate through the rooms.

Anonymous said...

It's the Argos and Toronto that is Detrimental to the future of the CFL

Anonymous said...

How is Saskatoon going to support the Rush, an NHL team and a CFL team? Will Saskatoon be able to panhandle enough government money to build a stadium?

Anonymous said...

Almost every CFL team is charging a separate $20 admission, not a affordable solution for fans, this grey cup event at convention centre is way smaller than past grey cups, and there's no signage or banners anywhere in the city promoting the grey cup, only in the vicinity of the festival area and delta hotel. Not where the city commuters are at union station or along Yonge st and even university ave. this is sad, Toronto does not deserve CFL. The Maple Laughs are a loseable hockey bunch who suck money from naive fans.

Parkside said...

Move the Argos. What a piss poor showing.

Atlantic Argos. (Halifax/Moncton)

And Quebec City would support a team to make it ten.

Make the rivalries strong in the East again.

You want to go to a game because you hate the other team/city.