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Grey Cup Festival Countdown


to Kickoff 103rd Grey Cup


comes to Winnipeg this fall


By Derek Gagnon


Jeff McWhinney chauffeurs the Grey Cup.


ticipate in the Grey Cup Festival and watch the big game on Nov. 29. Te Grey Cup has been contested since 1909, and while it is the grand prize awarded to Canadian football champi- ons, the trophy and the event itself have taken on a much greater meaning, both for Winnipeggers and people around the country.


T Te finale to the Canadian Football League season has


developed into a coming together event, celebrating some- thing that bonds the people of this nation from coast to coast. For a country that is not known to brag, it is a pa- triotic celebration that can unite even the fiercest of rivals. Touchdown Winnipeg!


Obby Khan played nine seasons in the CFL, his first two 20 • Fall 2015


he city of Winnipeg is set to host the 103rd Grey Cup. Before any of the scoring begins on game day, the first “touchdowns” will be from the tens of thousands of people arriving in the city to par-


People gathered en masse to get a closer look at the Grey Cup.


with the Ottawa Renegades before six with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and a final season with the Calgary Stamped- ers. He competed in three Grey Cup finals (in 2007 and 2011 with Winnipeg and in 2012 with Calgary) but never won the big game. “When I look back at the bigger picture now, it would have been really cool to have a ring, to share the stories of winning, but I think just being involved in the Grey Cup was pretty special as well,” Obby says as he reminisces. “Unfortunately I didn’t get to hold the Grey Cup over my head and party with it. It wasn’t meant to be. Maybe one day I can be a successful businessman and buy a team, and win a Grey Cup that way.” Obby is on the right track for becoming that successful busi-


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Photo by Don Windsor.


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