Arrivals of the two competing teams officially marked the beginning of Grey Cup week in Calgary.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers landed at the Canadian North Charter Terminal ahead of their highly-anticipated match-up in the CFL title game on Sunday, November 24, which kicks off at 6 p.m. eastern time.
The Bombers will be the ‘home’ team and will wear their away uniforms (gold helmets, white jerseys, gold pants); they will use the Calgary Stampeders’ locker room at McMahon Stadium. The Tiger-Cats will be the ‘visiting’ team and will wear their home uniforms (black jerseys, black helmets, black pants); they will use the visiting teams’ locker room at McMahon Stadium.
The championship game will mark the ninth time in the history of Canadian Football that the modern-day incarnations of the two clubs have played for the iconic trophy after having met in 1953, 1957-59, 1961-62, 1965 and 1984.
Former Toronto Argos teammates and champions together as players, Orlondo Steinauer and Mike O’Shea will be making their Grey Cup head coaching debuts. Steinauer played in three Grey Cups, winning twice (1999 and 2004). He won the Grey Cup as the defensive backs coach of the Argos in 2012. O’Shea played in and won three Grey Cups with Toronto.
The Ticats are 8-12 (.400) in the Grey Cup. They last played for the championship in the 102nd Grey Cup in B.C. where they were defeated 20-16 by Calgary. They last won the Grey Cup in 1999 by a score of 32-21 over Calgary.
The Bombers own a 10-14 (.417) record in the Grey Cup. They last appeared in the championship game in 2011 at the 99th Grey Cup where they were defeated by the B.C. Lions 34-23. The last time Winnipeg won the Grey Cup was in 1990 against Edmonton. With this appearance, Winnipeg joins Edmonton in a tie for the most Grey Cup appearances at 25.
The Grey Cup features the two clubs with the longest current absence from winning the the championship, Hamilton having last won in 1999, and Winnipeg in 1990. It will also ensure a fifth different Grey Cup winner in the last five years.