Chilly Grey Cup preview

Kent Austin Corey ChamblinAs you can probably tell, J-Mac is an excitable fellow. He gets pumped up about most things.

But nothing gets him more pumped that talking to “L.U.”

That’s The Province’s venerable football reporter, Lowell Ullrich. It’s probably because L.U. is such a damned fine guest.

With another week to reflect, there’s time again to look at the Lions’ off-season and, of course, some old-time football trophy.

Today, on a chilly day in Vancouver, he’s here to talk up an even-chillier Regina, home of the 101st Grey Cup. Could you imagine practising for the big game in -16 degrees?

That was the temperature at Mosaic Stadium today during the Tiger Cats’ practice. ‘Brrrr’ wouldn’t even begin to describe it.

So, what to talk about? There’s plenty. There’s some time to reminisce – L.U. and J-Mac have been to one or two Grey Cups – but there’s also lots to talk about. Henry Burris is 38, but has he always been an underrated CFL player? Does he deserve a little more respect?

Kent Austin’s narrative is, in a word, awesome. He’s won Grey Cups for the Riders as a player and as a coach. Now he’s back for what might be the fourth Grey Cup in Roughriders history; and now he could be the one to stop such a thing happening.

Also, there’s the annual question on the teams’ sex policies during Grey Cup week. Corey Chamblin – Saskatchewan’s coach – has an excellent answer.

(And another shoutout to our colleague Adam Foster’s Movember campaign – click here!)

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