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shared with his son, Jeff, go beyond just winning and losing games. It’s about protecting the legacy that comes with the Cup, and sharing that with the people of Canada. Miles Martin is an Air Canada employee working at the


Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. He attended his first Grey Cup in 1985 (73rd held in Montreal) with his father, Ed. Since then, he has attended approximately 25 of the championship games, travelling all over the country. He says it is very exciting to experience the Grey Cup in different cities. “Te people are what makes the Grey Cup,” said Miles. “It’s not the Super Bowl, but the people are amazing. It’s a big party and it’s so incredible.” Miles says that there is one part of the Grey Cup Festival that stands out most for him. “Going


Facts about the Grey Cup


• It was donated in 1909 by Albert Grey, the 4th Earl Grey and Canada’s governor general at the time.


• The game has been played every year except for between 1916 and 1918, when it was cancelled because of the First World War, and in 1919 when it was called off due to a rules dispute between the east and west rugby unions of that period (later to become the leagues east and west divisions.)


• There is an unwritten rule that play- ers who have never won the Cup do not touch it. Only winners are allowed to lift the trophy above their heads, but even winners cannot drink from the cup unless their teammates are present.


• The trophy has been stolen twice. In 1967, somebody took if from the Hamil- ton Tiger-Cats for three days as a prank. It was stolen again in 1969 and a ransom was demanded, but the CFL decided making a new trophy would be simpler. The trophy was returned after an anony- mous phone call two months later.


• The trophy has survived fire, being snapped in half on multiple occasions, and numerous other breaks in its long history of being handled by players.


• The Baltimore Stallions are the only American team to have won the Grey


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to all of the hospitality rooms that all of the cities put on. It’s just so fun, they do such a great job and invite everybody in.” Te Grey Cup Experience


Te intensity of the game is felt by both teams leading up to the Grey Cup. Obby may not have won the Cup but he can attest to the feeling of playing in the big game. “Coming up to the game, everyone knows the magnitude of the Grey Cup – all of the players, all of the coaches in the locker room. It’s such an intense atmosphere all week. And then the game itself is just out of this world, as far as all the fans, the noise, the magnitude of TV and advertising. Te game itself is really special. Te only thing I can say is that it’s out of this world. You take a regular season game and it’s times 100 for the Grey Cup.”


Miles Martin and Jeff McWhinney pose with the Grey Cup.


Cup in 1995, during an era when seven teams played south of the border between 1993 and 1995.


• The Toronto Argonauts have won the trophy the most, with 16 wins. The Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers share the lead for most appearances, with 24 apiece.


• The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and


Hamilton Tiger-Cats took two days to play the game in 1961, due to heavy fog. The game started on Saturday night and resumed on Sunday morning.


• The Winnipeg Blue Bombers last hosted the championship game in 2006, and have not won since the 78th Grey Cup in 1990, when they defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 50-11.


The Hub


Photo by Don Windsor.


Photo courtesy of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.


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