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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will meet the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 107th Grey Cup championship in Calgary on Nov. 24.Hamilton secured a spot in the Canadian Football League's 107th Grey Cup championship after a dominating 36-16 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos at Tim Hortons Field on Sunday.
The 107th edition of theat McMahon Stadium between the and is chock full of storylines.
But these aren't your run-of-the-mill news tidbits that seem to crop up every time the's championship game comes about.
These five Grey Cup storylines are dripping with complexity and intrigue.
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What is the 'it factor' that separates these teams from the rest of the pack? READ MORE: CFL commissioner says more work to be done to stop domestic violence In Winnipeg, running back Andrew Harris, defensive end Willie Jefferson and new starting quarterback Zach Collaros stir the drink for the Blue Bombers.Despite serving a two-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, 32-year-old Harris laid down one of his best seasons with a league-leading 1,380 rushing yards, 70 catches for 529 receiving yards, and eight total touchdowns.
A matchupThe Ticats, who won a franchise record 15 games this season, and Bombers have not met in the CFL final since 1984 — a game that Winnipeg handily won, 47-17, at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
Amazingly, Hamilton and Winnipeg played each other in the Grey Cup seven times in 12 years between 1953 and 1965, including five times from 1957 to '62.
From the field to the sideline. Orlondo Steinauer and Mike O'Shea share a lot more in common than leading their respective teams as head coaches, they also won the Grey Cup as teammates. Each played with the Tiger-Cats in 2000 before teaming up on the Toronto Argonauts from 2001 to 2008, winning the Grey Cup in 2004.
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Let's get this party started: Grey Cup festival kicks off Wednesday
It’s been months in the making, but Grey Cup week has finally arrived in Calgary. Days before the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers square off in Sunday’s CFL championship showdown, players from both squads arrived in Calgary with some typical western weather in the form of a heavy snowfall . It delayed their flights by hours before the Grey Cup was paraded down Stephen Avenue over the lunch hour. Officials also offered a sneak peek at some of the events planned for the 107th Grey Cup celebrations.
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Next man up mentality. When Hamilton's star quarterback, Jeremiah Masoli,at Tim Hortons Field in a game against the Blue Bombers on July 26, many fans and CFL pundits were quick to speculate that the Ticats' Grey Cup chances may have evaporated. However, backup QB Dane Evans jumped into the spotlight and has helped the club rattle off an incredible 11 wins in their last 13 games, including seven in a row.
Cinderella Man.in Saskatchewan's first offensive possession of the season after taking a late hit to the head from Hamilton linebacker Simoni Lawrence. He was shipped off to Toronto in July but never played for the Argos, and then was traded to Winnipeg just before the CFL trade deadline on Oct. 9.
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are you ready for Sunday's 107th playing of the Grey Cup between the Bombers and Ticats?Celebrating Grey Cup Sunday with their beloved Blue and Gold playing in the championship game, and Bomber Nation is hoping Mike O'Shea's troops can pull off a minor upset, and provide this town and province with a reason to hold a victory parade for the first time since the 50-11 blowout of Edmonton back in 1990 at BC Place Stadium.
Collaros, who led the Tiger-Cats to their last Grey Cup appearance in 2014, now finds himself back in the big game as the Blue Bombers' starting pivot.
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The Drought Bowl. The Blue Bombers and Tiger-Cats have the two longest active Grey Cup championship droughts. Hamilton has not celebrated a title since Most Outstanding Player Danny McManus led the team to a 32-21 victory over the Calgary Stampeders at B.C. Place in 1999. Ask any Ticats fan and they'll tell you the last 20 years has felt like an eternity.
The drought in Winnipeg is even longer. The Bombers last hoisted the CFL's ultimate prize in 1990, an astonishing statistic given that there's only nine teams in the league.
These storylines will give football fans plenty to chew on this week leading up to Sunday's championship game where the most important script will be written.
Longtime Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan wants his belt back from Willie Jefferson .
A Winnipeg fan's custom Bombers wrestling belt made its way into the Grey Cup dressing room celebrations and was prominently featured in post-game photos and videos. Carvalho said the entire Grey Cup experience was indescribable as a longtime fan who supported the Bombers through thick and (mostly) thin."The buzz... I'm still buzzin'. Just an absolute loss of words," he said. "I'm just so happy I never gave up on my team."Carvalho said he's hoping to meet up with Jefferson at Tuesday's parade to get the now-famous belt back."Technically, Willie J's still got my belt. That's gotta come back home.