Rider Nation basks in glow of Grey Cup win

Saskatchewan Roughriders players celebrate inside the locker room after defeating the Hamilton...

Saskatchewan Roughriders players celebrate inside the locker room after defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 101st Grey Cup in Regina, Saskatchewan November 24, 2013. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:58 PM ET

The first words of the noon-hour radio newscast on Monday pretty much summed it all up.

“It’s minus-5 and cloudy at 12:30,” CJME announcer Andrew Dawson began, “but no one cares.”

He got that right, because the people of Saskatchewan were too busy basking in the glow of their favourite football team’s fourth Grey Cup title, a 45-23 triumph over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats the night before on the hallowed grounds of Taylor Field, known officially as Mosaic Stadium.

CJME’s four-hour morning radio show dedicated part of its programming to phone calls. Grown men said they cried like babies on Sunday night when the Riders won. Grandmothers said Riders games have the power to bring their families together each week.

The Riders are more than a big deal in Saskatchewan.


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