The allure of Montreal night life has always been a Grey area.

ERIC FRANCIS

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

MONTREAL -- It's really quite hard to fathom how stupid a player has to be to spend the eve of a championship game out on the town.

Yet, the last time the Calgary Stampeders won the Grey Cup here, there was star running back Kelvin Anderson wrapping up his Saturday night by standing in line at a McDonald's on St. Catherine St. shortly after 2 a.m.

Asked after the game what he was doing out so late on game night, he claimed he couldn't sleep so he broke curfew to grab a Big Mac combo. Right. 'Cause that'll help ya sleep.

As Jeff Pilon noted when asked of the potential pitfalls facing players this week: "Montreal can be an evil city."

It sure can, especially when some of those being tempted aren't all that sharp to begin with.

As for what I was doing at McDonald's so late that night -- see above about being sharp.

Now more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a Grey Cup week in which the economy has seen the number of reporters covering it go from 120 several years ago to 44.

HORSIN' AROUND

Nik Lewis on the dispute that almost saw the Stamps touchdown horse banned from the stadium today: "Might've been a good thing, because we're going to run that thing so hard, it might die." ... Stamps back Jon Cornish on his popularity with the locals this week: "I learned one phrase. 'Parlez-vous Anglais.' If you say that, then you can find out if the girl speaks any English. It's been quite a nice week because that phrase is moderately successful. If you want to meet somebody, you just go up and talk to them. You don't need a pickup line. You just need to have confidence and seem like a good guy." ... Stamps punter Burke Dales hid the bag of team practical joker Wes Lysack at the airport upon arrival. However, after all the players' bags except Dales' arrived, Lysack got the last laugh. "You know what that is? That's karma," laughed Lysack. Dales got his bag -- complete with laptop -- a day later ... Als receiver Ben Cahoon on his team's place in Montreal's sports hierarchy: "After we won last week and qualified for the Grey Cup in our own city, I turned on RDS and we're the second story behind the Canadiens loss. That puts it in perspective." ... Every stall in the Alouettes locker-room has a framed photo of each player in his college uniform and a card detailing every Als player who ever wore that number. "You can't know where you're going unless you remember where you've come from," explained fullback Kerry Carter ... Thought I'd never ask this, but where's the CBC? Just because they lost the TV rights doesn't mean our national broadcaster should stop covering the country's most popular sporting event ... John Hufnagel reacting to a poll of scribes that landed him dead last amongst quotable coaches in the CFL: "I can't believe you voted me the worst quote in the league -- wait until next year!"

PARTING SHOTS

Hard not to like Als coach Marc Trestman when one of his first orders of business was instructing his players to stand single file on the sideline for the national anthem, paying respect to a country that gave them all chances to play the game they love ... Anthony Calvillo on the fact the only Calgary/Montreal Grey Cup was 1970. "I wasn't even born yet in 1970, but it is kind of shocking that in an eight-team league, it's only happened once." Montreal won, by the way ... Jake Ireland, who will officiate his 15th and final Grey Cup today, told a national scribe he heard a new line this year: "Jake, I found your cellphone," said the fan. "I know it's yours because it has six missed calls on it." ... Henry Burris on the 63,000 on hand today: "This is their home so hopefully people will jump on their horses and their chuckwagons to come down and support us." ... No, for those wondering, the relatively new West final trophy the Stamps paraded around last week was not stolen from the Canada Cup hockey series ... Strange coincidence saw the last five men to coach the Stampeders all at the West final in Calgary last week -- John Hufnagel, Tom Higgins, Matt Dunigan, Jim Barker and Wally Buono ... For what it's worth, Burris' first CFL start of his career came in Montreal in 1999 due to an injury to Dave Dickenson. He won 38-17 and then was lost for the rest of the season after tearing his knee on McMahon Stadium's new turf the following week.


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