Legendary Quarterback and TSN Game Analyst Matt Dunigan Primes Fans for “the Biggest, Most Fun Party in Canada”, the 106th GREY CUP Presented by Shaw
— November 20, 2018
Thousands of names have been engraved around its base, each one contributing to one of the richest traditions in Canadian history. Broken several times over, stolen, and held for ransom, the silver chalice has become synonymous with Canadian spirit and the love of sport.
This Sunday, two teams will battle to add to its legacy, something that TSN game analyst and legendary quarterback Matt Dunigan appreciates as a two-time Grey Cup champion himself.
As the Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa REDBLACKS prepare to face off in the 106th GREY CUP presented by Shaw (Sunday, November 25 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN), Dunigan is excited for another chapter in the longstanding history of the iconic Canadian tradition. “The CFL’s roots run deep,” said Dunigan.
A 14-year CFL standout and Hall of Famer, Dunigan is one of the league’s most accomplished and celebrated players. As someone who has experienced numerous Grey Cups – both as a player and as an analyst – he wants non-football fans across the country to know that the Grey Cup is “the greatest, biggest, and most fun party in Canada every year.”
While the week-long festivities leading up to the championship game are an annual highlight, Dunigan’s favourite Grey Cup memory was from his playing days.
“It was standing in the huddle before the last play of the 91st Grey Cup game with the team, knowing it was ours. It was the most euphoric season of my career,” he reflected. “Breaking the huddle for the last time, walking to the line, calling the cadence, and taking a knee was a special moment. I’ll never forget it!”
Taking place at the end of November in different cities across Canada, Grey Cup championship games usually feature a stadium full of bundled-up fans. This year in Edmonton, the 106th GREY CUP presented by Shaw promises to keep with the chilly tradition. Being a veteran of the big game, Dunigan is happy to trade in his jersey for something a little cozier. “I’ll be wearing as many layers of clothing as humanly possible,” said Dunigan.
As for the effect the cold has on the game, Dunigan believes it should be business as usual, thanks to the staff in Edmonton. “The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium is second to none with a tremendous crew that works to maintain the facility, so the field will be as good as possible despite the cold.”
Confident that the cold won’t ruin the fun, Dunigan is excited to spend time with his fellow panellists, as well as the fans, who make the trek from across the country to attend the game. “I’m really looking forward to getting out there with the fellas and enjoying the passion and enthusiasm of the CFL Fans!”