Toronto Argonauts team breakfast getting underway. Bradwell, Rempel and Carroll doing some clever introductions of their teammates
A little more on the pep rally
At least a couple of Argos players addressed the fact that the team isn't usually in the limelight like it is this week. Coach Scott Milanovich even said directly that the team's fans don't get the attention they deserve.Talking to fans at the square last night, the fact that the team and the league are often overshadowed by hockey actually seemed to be part of the appeal. Virtually everyone I met had a story about meeting the players on the street or partying with the team at a bar or mingling with them at a practice. They all described CFL players as much more approachable than their counterparts in other leagues.And it's true the CFL has retained some of the feel the other leagues lost in the era of big revenues -- many players still earn regular-guy salaries, for instance.The other big appeal of the CFL is that its entirely Canadian. Some Argos fans even admitted they really care who wins Sunday. They were just happy to see two Canadian teams compete for a championship, something that hasn't happened in the North American major leagues in more than 20 years..
Hufnagel jokes "we're fighting to the end" when it comes to getting the Royal York Hotel to let a horse into the lobby
Inside the coaches' press conference at 100th Grey Cup. Both very complimentary of each others' teams so far. Ballroom is packed
Two quarterbacks coaching in the #Grey Cup, Milanovich says he never saw Hufnagel play at Penn State, but Hufnagel did see Milanovich play
Milanovich acknowledges getting Chris Jones away from Calgary, wishes it went down different. Hufnagel declines to revisit tampering charges
Toronto beat Calgary both times this season, both early season. Both coaches saying the 2 teams are totally different than they were then
Hufnagel admits he was glad when he heard Ricky Ray had been traded out of the West. They meet again in the #GreyCup
Coaches' press conference has concluded. They packed up the #GreyCup and are moving it over to the West Champs lunch down the street
City hall staff, led by Councillor Doug Ford, are assembling on the gridiron in Nathan Phillips Square for a game of pickup football..
With Doug Ford quarterbacking, his team almost makes a touchdown on its first play..
Late additions to the city hall football game: chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat and her husband run onto the field. Ford assigns her to the opposing team..
For the record, I was wrong about that last update. Ford picked the city's chief planner for his team. Perhaps we can bring a little urbanist theory to bear on this game?.
Shouting "green's in the house!", three Riders fans in jerseys run in to join the game. Leave it to the west to show Hogtown how to play football. Blurry, sun-washed photos to come..
City hall football game is winding down. I think Doug Ford's team won. He laughs as he leaves the field that he's getting out of shape, though he worked out yesterday. The man loves his football.Councillor Joe Mihevic is still going; so is city manager Pennechetti. City staff is nothing if not dedicated..
Meanwhile, at Dundas Square, a cheerleading contest is underway..
For readers outside Toronto -- Nathan Phillips Square is outside Toronto city hall. Dundas Square is a few blocks northeast, in a shopping area. A bit like Vancouver's Robson and Granville or Calgary's Stephen Avenue..
I'm at the Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto, where Calgary Stampeders fans are planning on parading a horse through the lobby at 10 am.