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Friday, November 22, 2013

101st Grey Cup Special Preview

Sunday November 24th at 6:00 ET in the evening. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will play in the CFL's annual Grey Cup. In preparation, we take a look at what the specialists have had to say.

Luca Congi, kicker
He recently commented in kicking in the playoffs after having struggled early in the regular season:
"I don't bother thinking about the season, the playoffs are a different beast. Every kick is going to be big, every play is big, everything matters. I'm feeling good."
Josh Bartel, punter
The league is looking to provide warming bags during Sunday's game. Bartel and fellow specialists dealt with kicking flat balls during Wednesday's practice in a low temperature of minus 17 degrees Celsius.
"They all came off the foot okay, but the ball came down flat. It looked okay but when you stepped on it, or pressed it, there was nothing there."
Kevin Scott, long snapper
This week Scott discussed teammate offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski, who is slated to appear on Jeopardy
"He's a genius. The little bits of information that you would never expect someone to know, he knows. What's the population of this city, what are the weather conditions of this city during this time of the year. You can ask him pretty much everything and he's going to tell you (the answer). And he's always hungry for more information. So he's always trying to learn new things. He's a different character, in the best way possible. I absolutely love him. A big-time teammate. And it's great to have him on the team. He's absolutely hilarious."
Chris Milo, kicker
The topic of kicking in cold weather also came up last week heading in to the Western Finals, as Milo noted:
“Weather is a big part of what we do. You can’t really remote control the football — it’d be nice if we could — but you never know. The ball’s rock hard, obviously, and it doesn’t travel as well. Hopefully, it’ll travel a bit better up here in Calgary. It usually does higher up, but with that being said, if it’s minus-15 outside the ball is going to be hard as a rock and it’s just believing in your swing and following through.”
Ricky Schmitt, punter
Late last month, Schmitt discussed his inaugural season:
"What a journey it has been. It's really still my rookie year. After all of these years, I'm still learning the ins and outs of the game. I'm trying to get better every day and that's all I can do. I'm beyond happy to be here.''
Levi Steinhauer
Levi Steinhauer, long snapper (took over after starter Cory Huclack was injured back in October)
The Moose Jaw native talked about his unique opportunity.
“It kind of gives me shivers just standing here talking about it. It's going to be outrageous. It's just going to be an unreal experience....

It's been a great experience playing for my hometown club and then making it all the way to the Grey Cup, all in my first year, it's been a good time. I'm definitely looking forward to that game on Sunday.... I couldn't have (drawn it up any better). You want to get to the Grey Cup every year and to come in and have some success in my first year and actually make it the Grey Cup my first year is huge.”

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