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Grey Cup 2013: Roughriders crush Tiger-Cats to win Grey Cup 0

By Kirk Penton, Winnipeg Sun

Saskatchewan Roughriders slotback Weston Dressler hoists the Grey Cup trophy after beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to win the CFL championship at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Nov. 24, 2013. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

Green is the colour, football is the game, and now the people of Saskatchewan — from LaRonge to Langenburg, from Rosetown to Radville — might just party until the snow melts in the spring after the Roughriders recorded the biggest win in their 103-year history.

The Riders, playing for the Grey Cup at home for the first time, destroyed the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23 in the 101st CFL championship game Sunday night at Mosaic Stadium.

The Roughriders became the third straight team to win a title at home, following in the footsteps of the B.C. Lions in 2011 and Toronto Argonauts last year at the Rogers Centre. There were 12 players on the field Sunday night who were finally champions in their home province. They are the dynamic dozen who can say they were the first.

“To win it anywhere would’ve been unreal, but to win it in your hometown, it still hasn’t even sunk in yet,” Weyburn, Sask., native and left guard Brendon LaBatte said as green and white confetti fluttered down around him.

Winnipeg Sun

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