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Local Rider fans let hope bloom

One day after the Saskatchewan Roughriders put an end to the Calgary Stampeders’ Grey Cup hopes, local fans of the Green Machine were entertaining dreams of a possible championship.

One day after the Saskatchewan Roughriders put an end to the Calgary Stampeders’ Grey Cup hopes, local fans of the Green Machine were entertaining dreams of a possible championship.

Saskatchewan’s 20-16 victory in the West Final Sunday earned them a trip to Edmonton for a shot at Grey Cup redemption against the Montreal Alouettes.

The Roughriders lost on a last-second field goal to the Als in the big game last season.

Saskatchewan fan Steven Robson, who attended the West Final, believes this year’s result could be much different.

“The Riders will win ... I hope,” Robson said, chuckling.

“They’re playing really well right now.”

Fellow Riders fan Gunnar Godhe also braved the bitter temperatures for Sunday’s meeting. He said Saskatchewan’s air attack was the difference against Calgary and will again be key come Grey Cup time.

“I think all of us that bleed green want to forget last year,” he said.

“I think if Saskatchewan can keep their passing game going, they have got a good shot.”

Kickoff for the 98th Grey Cup is set for 6 p.m. this Sunday.

 
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