Grey Cup 2013: Ron Lancaster should be here

Riders superfan Scott Croissant blasts his horn while marching in the Grey Cup Parade in Regina...

Riders superfan Scott Croissant blasts his horn while marching in the Grey Cup Parade in Regina yesterday during temperatures that dropped to a frigid -37C. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI AGENCY)

Steve Simmons, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

Ron Lancaster should be here.

Here, in the place he made football famous.

The sun is trying to shine. The winds are blowing. The temperature is biting. And in a Grey Cup Week unlike any other, the most famous of all Roughriders didn’t live long enough to experience all this.

To see a growing and wealthy Saskatchewan as host city for a Grey Cup at old Taylor Field with these young Roughriders as healthy favourites: How much would Lancaster love this?

How much does the memory of him of linger this week — and when I mention that to others — somehow the sentiment is shared, they just knowingly smile.

This is a week of football celebration in Canada Ron Lancaster didn’t live long enough to see all the growth. He coached the last Grey Cup Hamilton team and the coached the Ticats when they were all but bankrupt. He coached the Roughriders before he was ready to in two of their worst seasons. “Regina, he once told me, “there’s a town that takes some getting use


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