Grey Cup 'as good as new'

Gabe Robinson in action (Photo: John Sokolowski)

Gabe Robinson in action (Photo: John Sokolowski)

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

Somebody in Peterborough deserves a two-minute penalty for elbowing the Grey Cup. That's Gabe Robinson's explanation for how the Grey Cup was damaged early Tuesday morning in the Argos defensive lineman's hometown.

But fear not, Robinson, 28, says. With some help from a friend, the University of Toronto graduate made some repairs to the Cup, which now looks "as good as new."

"We were taking the Cup home after a good night in Peterborough," Robinson said. "There was a small crowd of people around and people came over to say how great it was that the Cup was in Peterborough. Some people were holding the Cup and an elbow came up and caught it (pretty hard). When I saw what happened, I took it right back and went to a friend's shop and we fixed it as soon as we could."

Robinson said he was outside on Hunter St. W. about 2 a.m., when the incident occurred. Robinson denied rumours that a fight led to the banged-up Cup.

"It seemed like good fun," he said. "There was no fight or anything like that. It was more like a bunch of happy people in a mosh pit enjoying the Grey Cup."

Robinson is not the first player to have something untoward happen with the Cup in his care. Indianapolis Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt had the Cup stolen from an Oakville bar while it was under his care after the Argos won in 1997. Turns out a young women joked that she'd pay $100 to have the trophy delivered to her home. When she got home, it was in her kitchen. She promptly returned it.

In 1969, the Cup was stolen from Landsdowne Park and held for ransom.

The league refused to pay, but local authorities managed to track it down.

Today, however, the Cup will be involved in a feel-good story. Argos offensive lineman Sandy Annunziata and coach Pinball Clemons will take the Cup to the home of Monika Woerlen's mother, near Bolton. Monika Woerlen and her seven children died after a fire ripped through a West Lincoln farmhouse last month.

Monika's husband, Marc, will be on hand today at the home, where Annunziata will present the family with his jersey and the game ball from the Eastern final.


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