CALGARY, AB -- Heading into an off-day on the eve of the Grey Cup left just one question in the Calgary Flames’ dressing room.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders or the Hamilton Tiger-Cats?
Unbiased Hamilton, ON product Brian McGrattan had the answer.
“Hamilton, for sure,” he said. “It’d be great to see them win.”
“I said 34-20 yesterday.”
That’s a result Joe Colborne could live with. The Calgary native isn’t overly fond of his provincial neighbours.
“I refuse to cheer for the Riders,” he said. “I’m cheering for the East.
“When I went out to Notre Dame (to play midget), I was one of two or three Stampeders fans. It was painful. Every day someone was wearing Riders gear. I can’t cheer for them. I can’t do it.
“I would cheer for the (Edmonton) Eskimos before the Riders and that’s saying something because I hate Edmonton. Riders fans are so obnoxious. It’s hard to deal with. I think they thrive on that.”
That attitude might land the 23-year-old in hot water with coach Bob Hartley, though.
After the Ticats roughed up his Montreal Alouettes in the East final, Hartley is throwing his support behind the West’s Riders.
“Riders, Riders, I love the Riders,” Hartley said. “My Alouettes didn’t make it on the East side, so I’ll rally to the Western boys.”