This year’s Grey
Cup takes place on November 26th in our nation’s capital, the
perfect venue given it’s Canada’s 150th birthday. We sat down with
some of the Team Shaw CFL athletes to ask what they love most about Canada.
Regardless of whether they are Canadian or American one common theme stood:
Canada holds a special place in all of their hearts.
Andrew Harris, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Brad Sinopoli, Ottawa Redblacks
Emmanuel Arceneaux, BC Lions
Rob Bagg, Saskatewan Roughriders
Sam Giguere, Montreal Alouettes
Shawn Lemon, Toronto Argonauts
Simoni Lawrence, Hamilton Tiger Cats
Q: What do you appreciate most about playing where you do?
Rob [Regina]: Hands
down Regina has the best football fans, but more importantly, terrific people.
Shawn [Toronto]: I love the culture in
Toronto. The food is amazing; you have a variety of different styles of food
that all taste delicious.
Simoni [Hamilton]:I appreciate how our
fans in Hamilton love us so much and how everyone works hard and gets the job
Q: What is the most Canadian thing about you?
[Hamilton]: I wear denim on denim.
Without sounding like a cliché, I love maple syrup and I love winter.
[Montreal]: I make my own maple syrup. I tap the trees, collect the sap, and boil
it down to get the liquid gold!
Q: What is your favourite Canadian pastime?
[Hamilton]: Canadian Thanksgiving comes early so I am able to get two
[Winnipeg]: I love to play ice hockey and drive snowmobiles.
[Montreal]: Bobsledding! Any kind of sliding on snow or ice really, whether
with skis, skates, toboggan, or bobsleigh.
Q: What does it mean to you to play in the CFL?
Rob [Regina]: My
favourite thing about Canada is the opportunities you can chase regardless of
where you've started.
[Vancouver]: It’s a blessing! The CFL is a league of opportunity. This game
keeps you young at heart!
[Toronto]: It’s an amazing opportunity to play football at the highest level in
a great country I've grown to love.
Q: What do you love most about Canada?
[Vancouver]: Fans and youth in the communities; the support I’ve received over
the years has been tremendous.
[Winnipeg]: From coast to coast, you get a really different vibe in each
province, and everyone is unique and amazing in their own way.
I love how friendly and caring we are. I love that people make fun of us for
always saying sorry. To me, it shows our respect for one another.
Q: For Canadian players: What does it mean to you to be Canadian?
[Winnipeg]: There is a lot of pride being Canadian. We are a very welcoming and
equal opportunistic country with great diversity. It's a warm feeling even when
[Montreal]: It means living in a progressive, diverse, and inclusive country.
Where winters are cold and people are friendly.
Q: For American players: What surprised you the most about living in Canada?
[Hamilton]: The thing that surprised me the most about living in Canada is that
it's possible to snow in June.
Shawn [Toronto]: I'd
say the winters surprised me most was very shock at how cold the weather gets
in the winter.
Watch the 105th
Grey Cup presented by Shaw on November 26, 2017.