Riders won't let hosting Grey Cup go to their heads

Roughriders' Dwight Anderson celebrates with fans after defeating Calgary on Sunday. (REUTERS)

Roughriders' Dwight Anderson celebrates with fans after defeating Calgary on Sunday. (REUTERS)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:34 PM ET

Will there be too much hoopla to handle for the Saskatchewan Roughriders?

Handling Hamilton seems sort of secondary.

The Tiger-Cats were hardly mentioned here Monday as the host club tried to convince the assembled media that they’re a savvy squad which can harness the hoopla and give the greatest fans in the CFL their greatest day.

The 99th, 100th and 101st Grey Cups have all featured the host teams. For four decades, the storyline was of teams gagging in the game which would get them to the big one. But now they’ve become real regulars at not only getting there, but in winning it.

But it wasn’t anything like this for the B.C. Lions at home two years ago. And it wasn’t at all like this for the Toronto Argos at home last year.

Sure, they were both terrific hosts with plenty of atmosphere, at least within an area of a few blocks of ground zero. But this first home Grey Cup in Regina is a whole ’nuther deal.

Has it ever happened before that a team f


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