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KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

HEARTWARMING STORY ...

This is a beautiful story about former Blue Bombers punter Jon Ryan.

His father, Bob, has terminal cancer, and when Ryan returned to his job with the NFL's Green Bay Packers after a bye a couple weeks ago, he wasn't sure if he would see his father again.

That changed on Sunday, when many generous people helped the entire Ryan family get from Regina to Green Bay to take in the Packers' game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Regina businessman Paul Hill, who is on the Saskatchewan Roughriders board of directors, offered his private plane to fly the Ryan family in and out of Green Bay after 'Riders president and CEO Jim Hopson asked him about it on Friday.

Ryan's agent, Gil Scott, kickstarted the whole thing by contacting Hopson.

Since tickets are hard to come by at Lambeau Field, the Packers offered the family a private suite at a reduced rate, and the players all gave Bob a high-five or a handshake on their way onto the field.

The Ryans then had a brief family reunion for about an hour after the game in the suite before the private jet whisked them back to Regina.

"It was about as magical a day as you could possibly imagine," Jon Ryan told the Regina Leader-Post.

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First-place division finishers that have won the Grey Cup in the last 40 years.

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Second-place division finishers that have won the Grey Cup in the last 40 years.

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Third-place division finishers that have won the Grey Cup in the last 40 years.

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QUOTES ...

"We played Winnipeg five times this year (including two exhibition games), and we beat them five times. We beat Toronto two out of three. It doesn't matter."

-- Als defensive tackle Ed Philion, who obviously forgot about Winnipeg's 17-14 win over Montreal on Sept. 24 but still thinks the Als are the cream of the East (The Gazette)

"I don't think the better team won."

-- Toronto linebacker Michael Fletcher, after the Als claimed top spot in the East with a 24-20 win over the Argos (Toronto Sun)

"I'm the type of guy who can pound a defence until they get tired. And when they get tired, I get better."

-- Als running back Robert Edwards (Toronto Sun)

"Every time a Toronto quarterback got hurt, I got a phone call from somebody up here."

-- Doug Flutie, who thought about joining the Argos for about a nanosecond earlier this season (National Post)

"I wouldn't say no. It's certainly possible.

-- Ticats GM Marcel Desjardins, when asked if half of the team's 2006 roster could be gone in 2007 (Hamilton Spectator)


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