The biggest game in the Canadian Football League season takes place on Sunday.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will play in their fourth straight Grey Cup as they go up against the Montreal Alouettes. One of the biggest questions football fans have right now is surrounding the status of Adam Bighill and Dalton Schoen.
Bighill played in the team's West Division Final against the Lions; however, he left after suffering a lower-body injury. Schoen; meanwhile, did not play in Saturday's contest. Winnipeg has arrived in Hamilton ahead of the big game and Mike O'Shea is hopeful that both will be in the lineup.
"Dalton is going through rehab and he's working on it every day and Bighill is beginning that process," said O'Shea. "They are professionals and they attack every day the same way. I will never rule a guy out, we will see how the rest of the week goes."
After winning 14 of their 18 games in the regular season, Winnipeg received a bye to the West Final where they locked BC down giving up just 13 points and Winnipeg's offence was efficient enough, without Schoen, as they put up 24 points. Montreal finished with 11 wins in their 18 games which means they have had a longer path to the championship game.
They first had to play in the East Semi-Final and it was a game in which Montreal led from start to finish and completed a 27-12 victory. Montreal then came out and led Toronto 10-3 after the first half last week and they put the game away by scoring 14 points and not allowing any in the third quarter in a 38-17 win.
Winnipeg and Montreal played on August 24. Winnipeg scored 27 points in the second half, not allowing any as they hammered the Alouettes, 47-17. Montreal then lost three straight games after that meeting, but they then caught fire as they won five straight games to end their season. A great playoff run has since followed with one more opponent ahead of them.
Jason Maas is the head coach of Montreal and he knows how much his team has grown since losing to Winnipeg back in late August.
"All of those plays and practices since that game have made us a better football team, the work has been put in," ended Maas. "We have proved that on the field with wins against some stiff competition. I know we are a better football team than we were in late August and I know we're a better football team than we were even two weeks ago. We are ready for this challenge, we have been working towards this."
In some exciting news, the Tiger-Cats have announced that this year's Grey Cup is sold-out and Green Day will perform the halftime show.