It was a compelling game for the Grey Cup with a compelling story when it was over.
Anthony Calvillo admitted after the Montreal Alouettes won a second straight Grey Cup game that he has a throat condition which will require surgery for next week to see if it's benign.
"It's something on my throat that's been pressing my heart for a little while now. Next week or so I'll have be having surgery. After the game I didn't want to say a thing but the emotions got the better of me. This thing has been bottled up for me and I haven't shared it with anyone but my wife," he said.
With his first question in the interview room he talked about winning a second straight Grey Cup.
"To do it back to back is something we really accomplished," he said. The 98th Grey Cup game will be remembered for that. It will be remembered for it going down to the last minute. After three previous Grey Cups here which didn't live up to the party which preceded it, this one was worthy.
It was only the second time since the five-in-a-row Edmonton Eskimo run from 1978 to 1982 that the CFL has a back-to-back Grey Cup champion.
It was compelling in a lot of different directions.
For the longest time there it looked like the most impressive statistic of the 98th Grey Cup was going to be the 50-50 payout of $127,229.
And for the longest while there it looked like the most memorable moment might have been the Joe
Theisman-like injury by Saskatchewan non-import Ron Mitchell who had already been out 14 months
with a broken leg and clearly broke one again. His foot was turned in an entire different direction.
But in the end it was Jamel Richardson's 37-yard catch over Omarr Morgan to take the ball to the two
yard line to set up the winning touchdown and give the Montreal Alouettes a 21-18 win and become
only the second team since the five-in-a-row Edmonton Eskimos from 1978 to 1982 to win back-to-
back Grey Cups was definitely the number and the play that will live on from this day.
"When the lights come on, the stars come out," he told the fans via the scoreboard and the TSN telecast of his back-to-back 100 yard Grey Cup games.
Richardson said they were holding back against going against the playing-hurt cornerback Morgan for
the key play when they needed it.
"We were saving it for late in the game," he said. "When they called my number, I said about time."
Coach Marc Trestman said he earned it with his eight-catch 109-yard game.
There was next to nobody left in Commonwealth Stadium when commissioner
Mark Cohon presented the team which has made it to eight championship games and now won three so
far this century with the Grey Cup.
It was minus four at game time and just a spectacular scene in Commonwealth Stadium with maybe
50,000 of the 63,317 fans wearing Rider green, many of them Eskimos season ticket holders who
bought the sweaters this week including many on site.
It really was Edmonton, Saskatchewan here Sunday.
But in the end Roughrider fans, as has happened 97 times in their 100 year history, didn't have a Grey Cup championship.
But for the first time since they lost five in a row in the 1930s they've come to the show and lost two years in a row.
And while Ken Miller wasn't saying they'd have to live with this loss for all their remaining days on the planet like he did last year when the too-many-men-on-the-field penalty
cost them a Grey Cup they'd already had won, following that loss with this one didn't make it any
"Every person in the locker room and every coach feels they might have done something more to have
turned the tide. That makes this really tough on me," said Miller.
"For me, it's not quite as tough because last year we had the game won ... I don't have the bitter
disappointment that I had last year."
Miller was expected to give up coaching and move upstairs in the organization after this season.
"After you lose a game like this you feel like I'd like another shot at it. If we'd won, I don't know how I'd feel."
But he knows how he feels heading home without the Cup again.
"After the national anthem I had a couple of seconds to look around and I saw a lot of green. I saw
touches of yellow. But it was mostly a green sea. We just didn't respond enough for our fans this night."