Ticats' Marwan Hage tips his hat to Roughriders

Tiger-Cats lineman Marwan Hage (right) walks off the field with his teammates during Sunday's Grey...

Tiger-Cats lineman Marwan Hage (right) walks off the field with his teammates during Sunday's Grey Cup. (Reuters)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:01 AM ET

REGINA - Marwan Hage waited a football lifetime to appear on the CFL’s biggest stage, overcoming many odds and plenty of aches and pains.

The odds were long on Sunday, playing in a hostile environment and ultimately losing the Grey Cup in a one-sided game.

“We’re privileged to play this game,” said Hage in the bitter aftermath of Hamilton’s 45-23 loss to Saskatchewan. “I have the utmost respect for the game of football. My hat goes off to Saskatchewan. They did what they had to do to win and my hat goes off to my teammates and to my organization.

“We did what we had to get here, but we missed the last step. I don’t want to express exactly how I feel. I get to do this for a living and I get to play with a bunch of (grown-up) boys and have fun. Sometimes you’re going to win some, sometimes you’re going to lose some.”

A 31-6 disadvantage at the half, an inability to convert on second down, an inability to control the line of scrimmage, poor tackling and a se


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