After a spectacular rivalry weekend in college football that saw Alabama lose for the first time since November of 2012, the conference championship games take centre stage this weekend. Alabama’s loss means that Ohio State and Florida State will likely play each other in the BCS Championship if they win Saturday night in the Big Ten and ACC Championship Games respectively. However, Missouri and Auburn both have a chance to jump to #2 with a SEC Championship win and a loss by one of the top teams. Elsewhere Saturday Arizona State and Stanford will play for a spot in the Rose Bowl. The Big 12 doesn’t have a conference championship game, but the top four teams in the conference play each other Saturday afternoon.
Saturday December 7
12:00pm, 17 Oklahoma @ 6 Oklahoma State – ABC
3:30pm, 25 Texas @ 9 Baylor – FOX
4:00pm, SEC Championship: 3 Auburn vs. 5 Missouri (from Atlanta) – CBS
8:00pm, Big Ten Championship: 2 Ohio State vs. 10 Michigan State (from Indianapolis) – FOX
8:00pm, ACC Championship: 20 Duke vs. 1 Florida State (from Charlotte) – ABC
10:00pm, MWC Championship: Utah State @ 23 Fresno State – CBS
EDIT: Appears there is some uncertainty with the schedule for the final weekend of December. Firstly, Sportsnet has Spurs-Stoke listed as a Saturday game when it’s actually on Sunday. TSN didn’t have said game listed in their press release but do have it listed on their site (which would give them six games for the week instead of the normal five). Sportsnet is also missing Sunday completely from their schedule which would be Newcastle-Arsenal and Chelsea-Liverpool. Will try and find the correct information and update when possible.
Tuesday December 3
Crystal Palace vs. West Ham — 3pm TSN2
Wednesday December 4
Sunderland vs. Chelsea — 2:45pm Sportsnet East and Ontario
Southampton vs. Aston Villa — 2:45pm Sportsnet West and Pacific
Stoke City vs. Cardiff City — 2:45pm Sportsnet 360
Manchester United vs. Everton — 2:45pm TSN2
Liverpool vs. Norwich — 2:45pm TSN.ca
Arsenal vs. Hull City — 2:45pm TSN.ca
Swansea vs. Newcastle — 2:45pm TSN.ca
West Bromwich vs. Manchester City — 3pm Sportsnet One
Fulham vs. Tottenham — 3pm Sportsnet World
Saturday December 7
Manchester United vs. Newcastle — 7:45am Sportsnet
Liverpool vs. West Ham United — 10am Sportsnet
Stoke City vs. Chelsea — 10am SN World Online
West Bromwich vs. Norwich City — 10am Sportsnet World
Southampton vs. Man City — 10am TSN2
Crystal Palace vs. Cardiff — 10am TSN.ca
Sunderland vs. Tottenham — 12:30pm TSN2
Sunday December 8
Fulham vs. Aston Villa — 8:30am TSN2
Arsenal vs. Everton — 11am Sportsnet World
Monday December 9
Swansea vs. Hull — 3pm TSN
Saturday December 14
Man City vs. Arsenal — 7:45am TSN
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace — 10am Sportsnet
Everton vs. Fulham — 10am Sportsnet World
Cardiff City vs. West Bromwich — 10am SN World Online
Newcastle vs. Southampton — 10am TSN
West Ham vs. Sunderland — 10am TSN2
Hull vs. Stoke — 12:30pm TSN2
Sunday December 15
Norwich City vs. Swansea City — 8:30am Sportsnet World
Aston Villa vs. Man United — 8:30am TSN2
Tottenham vs. Liverpool — 11am Sportsnet World
Saturday December 21
Liverpool vs. Cardiff City — 7:45am Sportsnet
West Bromwich vs. Hull City — 10am Sportsnet World
Stoke City vs. Aston Villa — 10am Sportsnet
Man United vs. West Ham — 10am TSN
Fulham vs. Man City — 10am TSN2
Sunderland vs. Norwich — 10am TSN.ca
Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle — 10am TSN.ca
Sunday December 22
Southampton vs. Tottenham — 8:30am Sportsnet World
Swansea vs. Everton — 11am TSN2
Monday December 23
Arsenal vs. Chelsea — 3pm Sportsnet
Thursday December 26
Hull City vs. Manchester United — 7:45am Sportsnet
West Ham United vs. Arsenal — 10am Sportsnet
Everton vs. Sunderland — 10am Sportsnet World
Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace — 10am SN World Online
Newcastle vs. Stoke City — 10am SN World Online
Chelsea vs. Swansea — 10am TSN2
Tottenham vs. West Brom — 10am TSN.ca
Cardiff vs. Southampton — 10am TSN.ca
Norwich vs. Fulham — 10am TSN.ca
Man City vs. Liverpool — 12:30pm TSN2
Saturday December 28
West Ham vs. West Brom — 7:45am TSN2
Aston Villa vs. Swansea City — 10am SN World Online
Norwich vs. Man United — 10am TSN2
Man City vs. Crystal Palace — 10am TSN.ca
Hull vs. Fulham — 10am TSN.ca
Cardiff City vs. Sunderland — 12:30pm Sportsnet
Sunday December 29
Everton vs. Southampton — 8:30am TSN.ca
Tottenham vs. Stoke City — 10am TBD
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal — 10am TBD
Chelsea vs. Liverpool — 10am TBD
U.S. Thanksgiving offers football fans one of the best weekends of action all season. While the NFL season is in full-swing and features some great games, college football offers some of the most-heated rivalries in all of sports. Games start on Thursday night and run through the day on Black Friday and Saturday. I’ve included info on all of the big games that will air on Canadian TV.
Thursday November 28, 7:30pm – Ole Miss @ Mississippi State – TSN2
This rivalry, known as the Egg Bowl, is the tenth longest uninterrupted series in college football and was first played in 1901. Ole Miss leads the series and comes in as the favourite; however, Mississippi State has a lot to play for as they become bowl eligible with a win.
Thursday November 28, 7:30pm – Texas Tech @ Texas – SN 360
Thanksgiving night just doesn’t seem the same without Texas playing Texas A&M. Texas Tech first played Texas in 1928 and the teams have met annually since 1960. Texas has won 47 of the 62 games played. Texas Tech is trying to stop a four game losing streak, while Texas is still in contention for a Big 12 title.
Friday November 29, 12:00pm – Iowa @ Nebraska – ABC
The Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers first met in 1891; however, the rivalry didn’t become an annual event until Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. The teams have met 43 times, with Nebraska winning 38. This year both teams come into the game bowl eligible and competing for positioning in the Big Ten standings.
Friday November 29, 2:30pm – Arkansas @ 17 LSU – CBS
The Razorbacks and Tigers have met a total of 58 times, including annually since Arkansas left the Southwest Conference for the SEC in 1992. LSU leads the series with 36 wins. The game is usually played on Black Friday; however, beginning next season it will move earlier in the season so LSU can play Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night.
Friday November 29, 3:30pm – Washington State @ Washington – FOX
The Apple Cup is one of the oldest rivalries on the west coast, having been first played in 1900 with 105 meetings since. It was only five years ago that the two teams entered the game with a combined 1-20 record. Now they are both heading to bowl games Washington State’s passing attack, featuring Mike Leach’s air raid, is seventh best in the country. Last year the underdog Cougars won in a thrilling overtime game.
Saturday November 30, 12:00pm – 3 Ohio State @ Michigan – ABC/TSN
This one is simply called “The Game” in Columbus and Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes and Wolverines have meet a total of 108 times since 1897. Ohio State still have a chance of a BCS Championship birth with a win, and losses by Alabama or Florida State. Since scoring 63 against Indiana on October 19, Michigan has struggled. They don’t really have a signature win this year, but this is their chance for one.
Saturday November 30, 12:00pm – 2 Florida State @ Florida – TSN2
The Seminols are only two wins away from a trip to the BCS Championship and are the hottest team in the country, having scored 40 points in every game this year. They are coming off a 80-14 trashing of Idaho. Florida are not heading for a bowl game after a loss to FCS side Georgia Southern last week. The only thing that could keep this game close is Florida’s defense, which hasn’t given up 40 points in any game this season and is ranked 16th in the nation. On the flip side Florida State gives up second fewest points per game, while Florida’s offense is among the worst in FBS.
Saturday November 30, 3:30pm – 1 Alabama @ 4 Auburn – CBS
The Crimson Tide and Tigers have met in the Iron Bowl 77 times since 1893. This year’s matchup is arguably the biggest ever as the winner gets a spot in the SEC Championship Game. Last time the Iron Bowl has such high stakes was in 2010 when Cam Newton led the #2 Tigers to a 28-27 victory, overcoming a 24 point deceit. Auburn would go on to win the BCS Championship.
Saturday November 30, 3:30pm – Georgia @ Georgia Tech – ABC/TSN
This rivalry is known as “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate”. The two schools first met in 1893 and the Bulldogs lead the series with 69 wins. The Yellowjackets haven’t won since 2008. However, they come into this game with home field advantage and an equal 7-4 record to the Bulldogs. Georgia is without its standout quarterback Aaron Murray. Both teams are ranked in the top 25 in points for this season.
Saturday November 30, 3:30pm – Northwestern @ Illinois – BTN
These two rivals in Illinois first met in 1892, with Illinois holding a slight advantage in all-time victories. The Wildcats and Illini have had perfectly average seasons this year. Both teams are reeling, without wins since September and in the Big Ten basement. This game does feature an interesting matchup at quarterback, with Nathan Scheelhaase facing Kane Colter.
Saturday November 30, 3:30pm – Purdue @ Indiana – BTN
Fans in Indiana are probably just looking forward to the start of the Big Ten basketball season in a month. Purdue and Indiana have met 115 times since 1891, with Purdue leading the series with 72 wins. The Boilermakers are still looking for their first conference win this year.
Saturday November 30, 7:00pm – 25 Notre Dame @ 8 Stanford – FOX/SN1
The Irish and Cardinal have played annually since 1997 now, with their first meeting in 1925. Fox scores its first matchup featuring the Fighting Irish since getting into regular season college football last season. With Stanford dropping their game against USC, this game loses a lot of its intrigue as it is meaningless to the national title race. Stanford are still in contention for a BCS at-large birth, though. Irish fans, one the other hand, are just hoping their team plays in any desirable bowl game and not St. Pete on a Monday afternoon before Christmas. Last year this game was a thriller, ending in an Irish overtime goal-line stand.
Saturday November 30, 7:45pm – 21 Texas A&M @ 5 Missouri – TSN
While this isn’t a traditional rivalry by any means (they’ve only met 13 times), it is one of the more important and interesting matchups of the weekend. Missouri will play in the SEC Championship against the Iron Bowl winner with a win. The Tigers will get help at quarterback as James Franklin returns from injury. This could be the last regular season game for last season’s Heisman winner Johhny Manziel, who is expected to enter the NFL Draft next spring.
Saturday November 30, 8:00pm – 22 UCLA @ 23 USC – ABC
This is the biggest football game of the year in the country’s second largest TV market. The teams first met in 1929 and USC leads the series with 44 victories. This year the winning team will finish second in the Pac-12 south and get priority bowl selection (probably the Holiday Bowl or Sun Bowl).
American Thanksgiving marks that special time of year where we can enjoy three (mediocre) games of football on a boring Canadian Thursday. This week also brings us the recent and terrible tradition of the Buffalo Bills playing at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
In regards to the latter, NFL fans in the east of Canada, who usually get the City TV game on Sportsnet East will unfortunately be stuck watching the shitty Bills take on the even shittier Atlanta Falcons instead of the game of the week, the two teams with the best record in the league, Denver and Kansas City. I hope you guys get an CBS affiliate who is showing the game on your television device.
Thursday November 28
12:30pm: Green Bay Packers (5-5-1) at Detroit Lions (6-5)
City | Fox
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
4:30pm: Oakland Raiders (4-7) at Dallas Cowboys (6-5)
City | RDS2 | CBS
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
8:30pm: Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) at Baltimore Ravens (5-6)
Sportsnet | RDS2 | NBC
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Sunday December 1
1pm: New England Patriots (8-3) at Houston Texans (2-9)
CTV Atlantic, Montreal, Northern Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta
CBS Boston, Burlington, Detroit, Spokane, Seattle
Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
1pm: Chicago Bears (6-5) at Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1)
TSN2 | CTV Winnipeg | RDS
Fox Detroit, Minneapolis
Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick
1pm: Miami Dolphins (5-6) at New York Jets (5-6)
CTV Toronto, Kitchener
CBS Buffalo, Watertown, Rochester
Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
1pm: Arizona Cardinals (7-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)
CTV Ottawa | Fox Burlington
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston
1pm: Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) at Cleveland Browns (4-7)
Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
4:05pm: Atlanta Falcons (2-9) vs. Buffalo Bills (4-7) [in Toronto]
Sportsnet | Fox Rochester, Buffalo
Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber
4:05pm: St. Louis Rams (5-6) at San Francisco 49ers (7-4)
Fox Boston, Spokane, Tacoma
Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch
4:25pm: Denver Broncos (9-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)
City | RDS2 | CBS Boston, Burlington, Buffalo, Watertown, Rochester, Detroit, Minneapolis, Spokane, Seattle
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
4:25pm: Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) at San Diego Chargers (5-6)
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
8:30pm: New York Giants (4-7) at Washington Redskins (3-8)
TSN | NBC | RDS
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Monday December 2
8:30pm: New Orleans Saints (9-2) at Seattle Seahawks (10-1)
TSN | RDS2
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Sportsnet officially announced their new broadcast contract with the National Hockey League this morning. And the scope of the new deal is much wider than I could have imagined when news of it first broke 12 hours ago. Sportsnet has bought rights to all nationally-broadcast NHL games for 12 seasons beginning next fall. Sportsnet also picks up rights to the NHL All Star Game and Entry Draft. Rogers will also take over operation of NHL Centre Ice and GameCentre Live in Canada. Rogers is paying $5.2 billion for rights to every game for 12 seasons. The NHL will receive approximately $300 million next season, with fees raising to $500 million by the end of the contract.
Coverage on Saturdays and Sundays will begin at 4pm Eastern. Sportsnet has exclusive national coverage on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. Sportsnet will also launch a new studio that will host all NHL on Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts. As part of the deal Rogers will sub-license some Saturday night coverage to the CBC. Two games every Saturday will air on CBC, with the rest airing on Citytv and Sportsnet. This eliminates the need for regional broadcasting. Sportsnet will assume complete creative control over all Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts. This means the future for CBC’s hockey talent is uncertain. It also means that Sportsnet will have the pick of all on-air personalities at TSN and CBC for their new broadcasts. Games will air on CBC, Sportsnet, SN1, SN360, TVA, TVA Sports, TVA Sports 2, as well as other potential channels on Saturday nights.
Keith Pelley, who was key in the plans for how Sportsnet will cover the NHL, was also the head of the Olympic Broadcast Consortium’s Vancouver 2010 coverage. Sportsnet will aim to offer Hockey Night in Canada in a similar fashion with all networks pooling resources and cross-promoting. Pelley set a new standard for Olympic broadcasting in Canada and is looking to do the same for hockey. Since the Sportsnet deal with CBC only came together in the past few days the broadcasters haven’t decided which CBC on-air personalities will transfer over to Sportsnet.
Sportsnet will get to show 30 Leafs games nationally (some could air on CBC) as part of the new agreement. Sportsnet will retain 26 for regional consumption beginning in 2016, with the other 26 airing on TSN regionally. Since TSN has regional rights to 60 Jets games, the Jets will appear on Sportsnet a maximum of 22 times. It is unclear how many games for each of Canada’s other five teams will air on Sportsnet. TVA will pick up rights to 22 Montreal Canadiens games, most of which will air on their over-the-air channel on Saturday nights.
The sub-licensing deal with the CBC is one of the most intriguing aspects of the deal. The CBC will have around 320 hours of primetime hockey. That probably equates to around 50 regular season games and 50 playoff games. There is no word yet on how CBC and Sportsnet will split-up the playoffs, except that the Stanley Cup Final will air on CBC. The sub-license will last for four years; however, in a news conference Rogers Media President Keith Pelley said that he hopes the deal with CBC can extend beyond four years. The CBC and Sportsnet will also work together to acquire and broadcast other major sports properties. Sub-licensing deals are already in place for the two networks to split the Grand Slam of Curling and 2014 FIFA World Cup.
In a letter to CBC employees President Hubert Lacroix outlined what the four-year deal means for the public broadcaster. CBC will no longer assume any control over production or content, although Sportsnet will consult with them. CBC also will not make any advertising revenue from the broadcasts; however, they also are not paying Rogers or the NHL a cent to show the games. Lacroix also notes that the loss of advertising revenue will mean job losses at the CBC. These additional cuts come on the heels of CBC Sports cutting costs just two years ago due to a lack of funding.
This is a very complex deal and there are many questions that still need asked and answered. It is a complete game-changer in Canadian sports broadcasting and will result in many changes at CBC and TSN. I’ll leave the speculation, and there is lots of it, for a later date (and the comments section). I do plan to look into the effects this deal will have on all networks, but especially the CBC, in the coming weeks.
Sportsnet has confirmed the deal this morning. Rogers will own the rights to every NHL broadcast in Canada, paying $5.2 billion for the next 12 years. Rogers will sub-licence games to CBC for Hockey Night in Canada, playoffs and the Stanley Cup. CBC will no longer be the only network showing hockey on a Saturday night with City now in the mix (see graphic on right). Rogers has the exclusive window to broadcast any Canadian team on a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday. TVA Sports will have French-language coverage.
“Hockey No Longer Lives Here” will presumably be TSN’s new tagline next fall. That after TSN lost NHL TV rights to CBC and Sportsnet. The news first surfaced when Bob McKenzie tweeted that two networks had acquired the new NHL national television contract that takes effect next season. That tweet, from hockey’s best insider, flew in the face of everything that everyone has reported in the past week. As recently as this morning, publications had reported that the NHL would sell smaller packages to CBC, TSN and Sportsnet to maximize exposure and revenue.
Well, it turns out that somehow TSN has missed out as McKenzie has now confirmed that CBC and Sportsnet have picked up NHL rights for 12 seasons beginning next fall. While more information will probably become available in the morning in terms of which network will broadcast which games. According to reports CBC will keep most of what they have now. Sportsnet will replace TSN as the national cable broadcaster, with Sunday night the likely landing spot for an exclusive weekly broadcast. Sportsnet will also likely have one exclusive conference final.
Steve Ladurantaye of The Globe reported Monday that CBC will like pay around $200 million per year. The Globe article also stated that the CBC could lose $175 million in advertising revenue without the NHL. So, it is clear that even at a $200 million pricetag the CBC would have been out almost as much money without broadcasting the NHL as it is paying the hefty fee the NHL is requesting to show games.
In another report earlier Monday, Chris Botta of Sports Business Daily reported that all three networks would get a slice of the NHL pie. In the piece Botta reported that TSN was likely to retain Wednesday Night Hockey and add the All Star Game. With the recent developments it is unclear whether Sportsnet will offer national broadcasts on Wednesday night or whether CBC or Sportsnet will show the All Star Game. Botta projected that Sportsnet and TSN’s deals would be worth over $125 million combined, which means Sportsnet likely paid upwards of $150 million for exclusivity.
In losing TSN, the NHL has lost a partner that revolutionized broadcasting of the league. Day-long trade deadline and free agent coverage were TSN innovations. As was TV coverage of the NHL draft and even the All Star Game fantasy draft. The NHL also loses TSN’s in-game coverage, which featured award-winning broadcasters like Chris Cuthbert, James Duthie and Bob McKenzie.
However, the bigger loss is undoubtedly for TSN. It’s not the end for TSN, as some were quick to project. They still have CFL and curling locked up in long-term contracts (which, yes, a lot of people do watch). TSN also has the World Juniors locked up for a decade in a new contract that kicks in this December. The NHL can live without TSN because the network will still bid aggressively in 12 years. That’s in comparison to CBC, who probably would be out of broadcasting hockey for good if they had lost NHL rights for over a decade.
So, to recap. TSN has the CFL through 2018, Season of Champions curling through 2020 and World Juniors through 2023. Those are the most valuable sports properties in Canada outside of the Olympics, NHL and NFL. The Canadian Hockey League will also sign a new contract in the coming year, which TSN is probably now very interested in.
TSN will have to worry about an exodus of its esteemed hockey talent following this season. Is there room for both Chris Cuthbert and Gord Miller at a network with no weekly national hockey broadcasts? I doubt it. Miller has worked at TSN since 1990 and called World Junior games since 2002; however, Cuthbert is TSN’s most valuable voice since he also calls the Grey Cup. I wonder if Miller and Ray Ferraro are a natural choice for Sportsnet’s primary broadcast crew. Another question is where will James Duthie go? Surely not back to SportsCentre. While he’d make sense at the helm of TSN’s CFL coverage that would come at the expense of long time TSN employee Dave Randorf. Maybe he’ll follow the example of fellow highly-touted TSN employees Dan O’Toole and Jay Onrait and look south of the 49th.
Remember the night of November 25th, 2013 everyone. It is a landmark in Canadian sports broadcasting that could lead to Sportsnet becoming the top-rated sports network in Canada. Of course this landmark is really just the latest occurrence in a trend that began in 2010 when Scott Moore left CBC and Keith Pelley left CTV to lead Rogers’ broadcasting division.
Burgundy to TSN… While TSN has lost hockey, they have gained Ron Burgundy. That’s right, the fake news anchor from the movie Anchorman. Burgundy, played by Will Ferrell, will join Vic Rauter in the broadcast booth for TSN’s coverage of the first draw of the Olympic Curling Trials on Sunday afternoon. Now, I love Anchorman as much as anybody, but this is a ridiculous ploy for attention. It only promotes the idea that curling needs a gimmick to draw in viewers, which isn’t true in my opinion. Not only is TSN trying this gimmick, but they are doing it at the biggest Canadian curling event on the calendar. But then again, it’s a gimmick that will work because even I will tune in to see what Ferrell knows about curling.
Grey Cup ratings… An average of 4.5 million Canadians tuned into TSN for the 101st Grey Cup from Regina Sunday evening. That makes it the fourth most watched Grey Cup ever on TSN, which is mildly impressive considering it was a blowout by halftime. A ratings peak in the second quarter exemplifies this. But isn’t so impressive when considered that it is the lowest rated Grey Cup on TSN since BBM introduced Portable People Metres to measure audiences in 2009. Ratings are down a million viewers compared to last season, despite a victory for the league’s most popular team. However, regular season CFL ratings were up 4.3% this year.
5.4 million – Average number of viewers who watched the 100th GREY CUP on TSN last year – the most-watched CFL championship ever recorded on Canadian English-language television
33,528 – Metres of cable (camera, audio, and video) needed for TSN’s broadcast of the 101st GREY CUP (equal to 333 CFL football fields)
2,656 – Number of kilometres traveled by the CFL ON TSN panel desk on its journey from TSN’s Toronto studio to Mosaic Stadium in Regina
FACT: TSN’s producer and director team of Jon Hynes and Paul Hemming have worked together to broadcast thousands of marquee sporting events. In addition to numerous Grey Cups, they both worked on the men’s hockey gold medal game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
1,500 – Estimated number of split-second decisions that will be made by TSN’s production team during the 101st GREY CUP broadcast
1,117 – Total combined height in centimetres of the CFL on TSN panel
250 – Estimated number of watermelon helmets TSN will show on air during its two-day Grey Cup coverage
FACT: TSN’s Brian Williams has interviewed a total of 10 different CFL commissioners on Grey Cup Sundays
195 – Total number of TSN staff (technical, production, support and on-air) working Grey Cup weekend
155 – Number of microphones used by TSN on GREY CUP SUNDAY
150 – Number of broadcast monitors in one TSN broadcast truck
55 – Number of Darren Dutchyshen’s “extended” family from Porcupine Plain, Sask. joining him at the game
FACT: TSN uses two different production crews for the 101st GREY CUP: one for the game and one for the pre-game show and SiriusXM Grey Cup Half-Time Show
37 – Number of cameras TSN will use during TSN’s broadcast of the 101st GREY CUP including a helicopter cam to capture aerial views of the city
21 – Number of JUNO nominations garnered by multi-platinum pop group Hedley, who will perform at the SiriusXM Grey Cup Half-Time Show at the 101st GREY CUP
15 – Number of Grey Cup games called by TSN’s Chris Cuthbert. He is joined by CFL ON TSN analyst Glen Suitor in the broadcast booth for the 101st GREY CUP
FACT: Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard finished in third place on the second season of CTV’s Canadian Idol
1 – Ranking of the 1989 Grey Cup (Riders vs. Ti-Cats) on the SPORTSCENTRE Top 10 list of the greatest CFL championship games of all time