Grey area

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:44 PM ET

As road roommates, not much can start a feud between Flames teammates Steven Reinprecht and Philippe Sauve.

Nothing, that is, until this year's Grey Cup game came into the picture.

Reinprecht hails from Edmonton and Sauve lives in Montreal, so they're on opposite sides of the fence over tomorrow's CFL championship clash in Vancouver.

"Poor Phil," said Reinprecht. "He's my roommate but I've got to disagree on this one."

Hockey may be front and centre in the Flames dressing room but the Grey Cup will have its share of interest this weekend.

Andrew Ference, Dion Phaneuf, Jarome Iginla, Daymond Langkow and Reinprecht all hail from Edmonton and its surrounding area.

With Montrealer Matthew Lombardi on the shelf due to an ankle injury, that leaves only Sauve -- who was actually born in Buffalo -- the token Montreal fan called upon to carry the Alouettes' colours.

"Yeah, I guess I got thrown under the bus," he joked yesterday. "They've got a great atmosphere in Montreal and great fans.

"Plus, my cousin is a cheerleader for the Alouettes, so I'll be rooting for her."

Of course, there's also a friendly wager on the game between the roommates.

"It's not a lot, more just to say there's a bet on it," Sauve said.

Meaning likely one will have to pay to watch a movie on the road, buy dinner or relinquish the remote control.

Unlike most seasons, the Flames will actually be able to watch the classic.

With their next game Tuesday in Nashville, tomorrow afternoon will likely be a free day to stay home -- or gather -- for the game.

Reinprecht fully intends to kick back and catch some pigskin.

"It's always fun to watch football on Sundays, especially Grey Cup. So I'll watch the Eskies have a good day," he said. "I'm not really a huge fan but I always followed it. I like sports, like watching sports -- all types of them. It's a lot of fun when you see the team you grew up watching have a good season and get to the final."

Sauve is admittedly more of a NFL fan, having grown up in the home of the Bills. He also lived in Denver.

As for a prediction, Reinprecht had no problem conjuring up a score.

"When do you think Jason Maas is coming in? That has a bearing on it," he said. "I'd say it's going to be 35-24 Eskimos."

Sauve couldn't be specific but does have a plan should it fall together, seeing as he'll be the lone Montrealer to board the plane Monday for the road trip.

"To tell the truth, I don't know enough about the teams to predict the score but it'll be pretty high scoring with all those guys. I'm sure the Als will put a lot of points on the board," he said. "And I'll bring a hat on the road if they pull it off. I guess I'll have to find one."


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