NOTE: Looks like the NFL Network will NOT carry the Grey Cup. Don't even think there will be a tape delayed version. You are stuck with the limited options, though the computer, hooked up to a TV, isn't that bad a deal.
You have to imagine that the Saskatchewan Roughriders have been salivating for this moment. Not just getting back to the Grey Cup, but playing the Montréal Alouettes once again.
Last year's unusual ending, where Damon Duval had missed the winning field goal, but Saskatchewan had 13 men on the field (normally 12). Duval got another chance to kick the winning field goal and he made it, giving the Alouettes the Grey Cup.
This will be the 8th Grey Cup Montréal has played in since 2000. Unfortunately for the Alouettes, the team has only won two of the previous seven: 2002 and 2009. Despite Saskatchewan's relatively recent success, the Roughriders have won only two Grey Cups since 1967. Saskatchewan won in Toronto in 1989 and 2007.
Montréal won the East Division final by crushing the Toronto Argonauts 48-17 at Olympic Stadium. The Alouettes showed off Avon Cobourne leading their running attack, something the team will need next week in Edmonton.
One criticism of Montréal in its run is having relatively cushy Eastern teams to beat and doing so indoors. The East Division final was the only indoor game outside of Toronto in the entire season. With the Grey Cup in Edmonton, Montréal will have to play a tough game outdoors in the coldest of CFL cities.
Saskatchewan had to put up with the extreme cold and the loud Stampeders' fans. Though the West final was more about Calgary mistakes than anything Saskatchewan did. Henry Burris threw an ill-timed interception late in the first half, leading to a Roughrider touchdown. And Calgary had a chance to recover a punt late that would have put the Stamps in the red zone or even the end zone. Allowing Saskatchewan to recover the punt sealed Calgary's fate.
The Roughriders have a chip on their shoulder from last year; Montréal's chip has lasted most of the last decade — a back-to-back Grey Cup run would add to the team's dynasty credibility.
If you live in Canada, the game is on TSN. In the United States, the rag-tag network along with ESPN3 will carry the game, though some of the outlets will show the Grey Cup tape-delayed. Bachman and Turner — yes the guys from Bachman Turner Overdrive from the 1970s — will be the halftime artist.