This Grey Cup weekend, TSN shines the spotlight on the CFL's storied history, its exciting future, and the most compelling stories of the season with a series of special features leading up to the 101st Grey Cup broadcast on Sunday.
As the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats prepare to battle for Grey Cup supremacy on Canada's biggest football stage, TSN's slate of features are set to air on the Grey Cup Sunday Pre-Game Show, airing Sunday at 1pm et/10am pt live on TSN.
Including four pieces presented by TSN's Brian Williams, these features explore the fascinating tales behind some of the CFL's greatest stories, achievements, and venues:
The History of Taylor Field
As the Saskatchewan Roughriders plan the construction of their new stadium, Brian Williams celebrates the storied history of Taylor Field, which has been home to Rider Nation for over a century. Williams' piece is a look back at this hallowed football ground, which has played host to Roughriders football as far back as 1910.
The Ottawa RedBlacks
The city of Ottawa revives its CFL dreams next season with the inception of the Ottawa RedBlacks. Presented by Brian Williams, this piece is an update on the CFL's return to the nation's capital, including a tour of the newly-renovated Lansdowne Park and an interview with RedBlacks president Jeff Hunt.
Journey to the Grey Cup
In two separate features, TSN follows the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats on their drive towards the CFL's championship game. Seen through the eyes of players and coaches, and featuring in-game mic commentary from star players including Darian Durant and Jamall Johnson, fans can relive the highs and lows of the Riders and Ti-Cats' respective seasons.
The 1989 Grey Cup
TSN goes back in time to revisit the last time the Roughriders and Tiger-Cats met for the CFL title – a contest that is often referred to as the greatest championship game in Grey Cup history. Presented by Brian Williams, the feature captures the excitement and emotion of this classic showdown, and includes interviews with Riders' kicker Dave Ridgway, who kicked the game-winning field goal in the final minute, and current Ti-Cats' coach Kent Austin, who engineered the Riders' dramatic final march down the field.
TSN celebrates the will and determination of Saskatchewan Roughriders' receiver Rob Bagg, who returned to the field this year after battling two devastating knee injuries. Having missed the better part of two seasons, Bagg's comeback in 2013 has been a major factor in the Riders' march to the 101st Grey Cup on home turf.
A promising running back at USC, Hamilton Tiger-Cats' running back C.J. Gable went undrafted after college and was out of football for nearly two seasons until his high school friend and current Seattle Seahawk Brandon Browner suggested he try the CFL. Gable made his CFL debut this year and put together a breakout season with the Tiger-Cats.
Henry Burris: one-on-one interview with CFL on TSN panellist Matt Dunigan
Darian Durant: one-on-one interview with CFL on TSN panellist Paul LaPolice
Jet & Dave at The Grey Cup
THE Amazing Race Canada's fan favourite contestants are looking for a way into the 101st Grey Cup, and in their mettle will be tested in this physical challenge. The duo will battle through a group of offensive linemen in an attempt to register a QB sack. If they are successful, they'll score tickets to the big game.
Saskatchewan, by Michael Farber
As a tribute to the host province of the 101st GREY CUP, TSN contributor Michael Farber has penned a video essay about the psyche of Saskatchewan. It illustrates the history of the province, the geographic hardships faced by its settlers, and the significance of football to those who make their home in the Land of Living Skies.
From players to fans, everyone is excited for the CFL season to be decided in the heart of Rider Nation. Saskatchewan natives The Sheepdogs provide the soundtrack to a video feature guaranteed to get fans fired up for the big game and "feeling good" about the 101st GREY CUP.