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Friday, November 23, 2012

100th Grey Cup Special Preview

Sunday November 25th at 6:00 ET in the evening. The Toronto Argonauts and the Calgary Stampeders will play in the CFL's annual Grey Cup.

Following last week's Eastern Finals win, Argos kicker Swayze Waters put it simply:
"We're going to the 100th Grey Cup!!"
His teammate, punter Noel Prefontaine, elaborated:
"At this stage of my career it’s the only thing that I really hope for. With my career coming to an end I look at this as my last kick at the can almost, my last shot to win a Grey Cup and for it to be in my home city it’s going to be tough to contain the nerves because this is monumental for me. For my career, for what I’ve always tried to accomplish as a player, this stage right now is what I dreamed about."
Prefontaine also discussed  some key elements of preparing for the big game
"This is big, as big as it gets. This is, afterall, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The 100th Grey Cup only happens once, obviously. Everyone must know that we must prepare to play and not put any added pressure. The distractions must be addressed....
Once those awards [on Thursday night] are completed, it’s lock down. It has to be and it must be. Everyone must understand why we’re here."
We checked in with both of the specialists, kicker Rene Paredes and punter Rob Maver, from the Western champion Stamps - asking them a pair of questions.

From a kicking/punting perspective looking back over the season, what was the biggest play or game?
  • Paredes: "There were many kicks I had that were great, but I think the 50 yarder in the western semis rightr before half time to give us the lead would have to be one of the biggest kicks. Or the game winner vs. Edmonton. But I think my whole season was great in which I kicked 93% during the regular season."
  • Maver: "Biggest punting game for me was at Saskatchewan in the wind game. Gusts up to 85kmph in your face, and I had to punt 3 times into it in the last 6 minutes of the game. Offence got the ball to mid-field, we covered it well and defence closed out the game. The wind actually blew over a small child in the pre-game, that's how strong it was. I was happy I was able to do my job in those conditions."
What does your upcoming week look like to prepare for the big game?
  • Paredes: "I would be preparing the same way as any other week but since is the Grey Cup, I'll have to fight mentally with all the distractions there will be during the week."
  • Maver: "I'm going to do my best to keep it like any other week. My practice reps, film, workouts, treatment, all of it. Obviously with the change of venue for the week and added media attention with events it will no doubt have a different feel, but I'm going to do my best to keep things as close to normal as possible."

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