VANCOUVER -- Someday, maybe as soon as next Sunday, people will forget that Ricky Ray was pulled from two playoff games.
Someday, maybe as soon as the final gun goes off at the Grey Cup here Sunday, maybe all they'll remember is that Ricky Ray made it to the Grey Cup game as the starting quarterback three years in a row.
Not three consecutive years. Ray took last year off. But when Jason Maas went in and won the Western final here yesterday, Ray's remarkable record was extended.
So how do you feel? Bummed out? Or blessed?
"Both," said Ray, who led the Eskimos to a 21-3 half time lead only to watch it disappear. "It's pretty amazing to be up here three years and get to the Grey Cup three years in a row. Man, that doesn't happen. I feel very fortunate that it has happened to me."
But, he admits, it was hard to celebrate with his team-mates.
"Yeah, it is," he said. "You want to do that job. I felt I was doing the job. But then a few things started going against me," he said of an interception and a couple of fumbles. "The thing is that it's a team sport. In the end the team won. We're going to the Grey Cup."