Monday, November 23, 2009
TSN Will Get You Ready For Grey Cup 97
After 21 weeks, 76 games and more than 4,560 minutes of football played, it all comes down to one game - the 2009 Grey Cup - and TSN is there, on site and in full-force in Calgary, covering Canada's biggest and most prestigious sporting event of the year from all angles. With more multi-platform coverage on TSN, TSN.ca and TSN Mobile than ever before, Canadians will not miss any of the action on - or off - the gridiron at the 2009 Grey Cup.
TSN's exclusive English-language coverage of the 2009 Grey Cup, featuring the Montreal Alouettes taking on the Saskatchewan Roughriders, airs nationally on Sunday, Nov. 29 in High Definition, beginning at 1pm et/10am pt with the network's five-hour pre-game show, Grey Cup Sunday, live from the Scotiabank CFL Experience and McMahon Stadium in Calgary.
TSN's French-language counterpart, RDS, has live coverage of the 2009 Grey Cup in High Definition, beginning at 5:30pm et/2:30pm pt. The 2009 Grey Cup will also be available on-demand at TSN.ca following the game.
Leading up to Sunday's championship game, TSN once again has a full day of CFL programming featured on Grey Cup Saturday on November 28, with 12 hours of comprehensive coverage beginning at 10am et/7am pt.
All week long, TSN also celebrates Canada's game with a comprehensive lineup of Grey Cup programming, featuring coverage from Calgary across all of the network's properties and programs: SportsCentre, Off The Record with Michael Landsberg and TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge, and online at TSN.ca and on TSN Mobile. (See details below.)
Football fans can enjoy the 2009 Grey Cup and related Grey Cup programming in High Definition, as all HD customers will have access to TSN HD during its free preview from November 26 to January 6. Fans are encouraged to contact their local television service provider for more information.
Below is an overview of 2009 Grey Cup programming on TSN:
Sunday, Nov. 29
· 2009 Grey Cup at 6pm ET/3pm PT (encore at 11:30 p.m. ET on TSN2)
TSN's Gemini-Award winning broadcast team of Chris Cuthbert and Glen Suitor are in the broadcast booth at McMahon Stadium, providing play-by-play commentary and game analysis, respectively, during the 2009 Grey Cup. Veteran broadcaster Cuthbert has called the action in 11 previous championship games, while Suitor - a Grey Cup champion with the Saskatchewan Roughriders - makes his second appearance in the booth for the big game.
Hosts Dave Randorf and Brian Williams are live at field level inside McMahon Stadium during the game, alongside the popular CFL ON TSN panel featuring Grey Cup champion Chris Schultz, two-time Grey Cup champion Matt Dunigan, Jock Climie and Milt Stegall, plus TSN's Farhan Lalji and Sara Orlesky reporting from the sidelines. CFL on TSN analyst and two-time Grey Cup champion Duane Forde is also on site, keeping up with all the action and answering fans' questions in his second-annual live Grey Cup blog on TSN.ca.
At halftime, TSN has live coverage of the highly-anticipated Pepsi Max Halftime Show featuring Blue Rodeo playing three songs as selected by fans through a national online vote. Randorf and the CFL on TSN panel also return to break down all the action from the first half.
Following the game, TSN's Grey Cup post-game show features CFL commissioner Mark Cohon presenting the Grey Cup to the game's winning team, as well as the awards for Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Canadian.
The CFL on TSN panel is also on hand to provide post-game analysis and conduct live interviews with coaches and players on the field, leading up to SportsCentre at 10:30pm et/7:30pm pt, with complete highlights, plus more reaction and analysis from McMahon Stadium.
· Grey Cup Sunday Pre-Game Show from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET
TSN's pre-game coverage kicks off with SportsCentre hosts Rod Smith and Darren Dutchyshen live from the Scotiabank CFL Experience, and then moves to McMahon Stadium, where CFL on TSN host Dave Randorf and Brian Williams continue to tee up the championship game with in-depth analysis from the CFL on TSN panel, interviews with players and coaches, special features on the 1948 and 1989 Grey Cup, and reports from CFL Insider Dave Naylor. Williams also goes one-on-one with CFL commissioner Mark Cohon to address some of the league's hot-button issues.
The pre-game show also includes two episodes of Journy To The Grey Cup. Seen through the eyes of the players and coaches, the TSN-produced mini-documentaries follow the Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders from the end of last season to now, as they each travelled towards the CFL's championship game. Journy To The Grey Cup also features unprecedented access inside both teams' locker rooms and chronicles the regular season highs and lows encountered by Alouettes and Roughriders.
Saturday, Nov. 28
· Grey Cup Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET
TSN delivers more all-encompassing coverage of the Grey Cup than ever before with Grey Cup Saturday, featuring SportsCentre hosts Rod Smith and Darren Dutchyshen live, on location at the Scotiabank CFL Experience in Calgary's TELUS Convention Centre. The comprehensive 12-hour show includes all the latest news, special reports and expert analysis in anticipation of the big game. The CFL on TSN panel is live from the Alouettes and Roughriders' practices at McMahon Stadium at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. ET, respectively, while TSN reporters are also on the sidelines to provide reports as the teams make their final preparations for the final on Sunday.
Throughout the day, Smith and Dutchyshen return to recap all the latest news from the 2009 Grey Cup, while the CFL on TSN panel checks in with additional analysis on both teams. Grey Cup Saturday will also have Blue Rodeo's sound check live from McMahon Stadium at 7 p.m. ET.
Additional highlights from Grey Cup Saturday include:
· TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge: Grey Cup Saturday Special Edition at 10:30 a.m. ET (encore at 8 p.m. ET on TSN)
Host Dave Hodge is live, on location at the Scotiabank CFL Experience with the panel from his Sunday morning show, TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge, to debate all the key issues leading up to the 2009 Grey Cup. Joining Hodge in Calgary are Globe and Mail columnists Dave Naylor and Al Maki, and Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox. In addition, an expanded one-hour live edition of TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge will air on Grey Cup Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.
· XLV Desjardins Vanier Cup at 12 noon ET (encore at 3 p.m. ET on TSN2)
The biggest game in Canadian Interuniversity Sport football returns to TSN for the first time since 2005 as the Queen's Gaels and Calgary Dinos do battle in the XLV Desjardins Vanier Cup live from Universite Laval on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 12 noon ET. Rod Black handles the play-by-play duties and is joined in the broadcast booth by analyst Duane Forde. The game will also be available on-demand at TSN.ca. Earlier this fall, TSN and CIS announced a two-year agreement that will see TSN and TSN2 provide exclusive English coverage of several marquee CIS events for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 university sport seasons.
· Friday Night Gladiators at 3:30 p.m. ET (encore at 8:30 p.m. ET on TSN)
Hosted by Glen Suitor and Chris Cuthbert, the 30-minute special honours standout CFL players that have demonstrated gladiator-like prowess, toughness and exceptional performance on the gridiron during the 2009 regular season. Suitor will also reveal his choice for 2009 Gladiator of the Year. The top contenders include Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Fred Reid, Montreal Alouettes' Avon Cobourne and Calgary Stampeders' Joffrey Reynolds, proving that it was a banner year for running backs in the CFL.
· Gibson's Finest CFL Player Awards 2009 at 4:30 p.m. ET (encore at 9 p.m. ET on TSN)
The CFL honours its most outstanding players in an awards ceremony with host Dave Randorf and featuring Chris Schultz, Matt Dunigan, Jock Climie and Chris Cuthbert as presenters at this prestigious event.
· SportsCentre Grey Cup Top 10 Special at 5:30 p.m. ET (encore at 9:30 p.m. ET on TSN)
SportsCentre hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole revisit some of the most memorable moments in Grey Cup history with the Top 10 plays, bloopers and finishes from the CFL's championship game. Highlights of the 30-minute special include a look back at pre-game speeches from former Toronto Argonauts head coach Mike ''Pinball'' Clemons and current Calgary Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel, as well as SportsCentre reporter Katherine Dolan sitting down with the CFL fan who topped the list for best Grey Cup blooper.
TSN's flagship sports news program has comprehensive coverage of the 2009 Grey Cup, with expert analysis, interviews, features and in-depth reports beginning today and continuing up to and following the CFL's championship game. The CFL on TSN panel is in Calgary, filing daily reports and breaking down all the action, while SportsCentre reporters will also provide additional reports from the Alouettes and Roughriders' camps.
SportsCentre will also have live coverage of the Gibson's Finest Most Outstanding Player award presentation from the Gibson's Finest CFL Player Awards 2009 on Thursday, Nov. 26 at 11 p.m. ET.
Off The Record with Michael Landsberg
Off The Record travels to the 2009 Grey Cup, as host Michael Landsberg is live, on location in Calgary on November 26 and 27 for two episodes. The daily sports talk show, which airs at 6 p.m. ET (9 p.m. ET on TSN2), will feature key CFL newsmakers and shakers as they debate all the compelling storylines.
TSN.ca is the definitive online destination for Grey Cup fans in Canada, as the country's leading sports website features all the latest news, analysis, interviews, photo galleries and video leading up to and following the big game. In addition, TSN.ca will reveal the winner of the inaugural CFL Play Of The Year Showdown on Thursday, Nov. 26. Voting for the final round, featuring Saskatchewan's Darian Durant going head-to-head against Winnipeg's Jovon Johnson, begins today.
Chris Schultz, Matt Dunigan and Glen Suitor return to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the 2009 Grey Cup in Calgary with online columns and blogs, while Schultz also reveals his final pick of the CFL season in the last instalment of his popular online feature, Schultz Against the World. Duane Forde also gets in on the action with the return of his live blog during the final on Sunday, and fans are invited to participate with questions and comments.
Along with having the championship game available on-demand, TSN.ca will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2009 Grey Cup on the TSN Video Player, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes video from Calgary, plus news, features, one-on-one interviews with players and coaches, and a daily roundtable with the CFL on TSN panel leading up to the final. Fans will also be able to access programming from Grey Cup Saturday on demand, including TSN The Reporters with Dave Hodge, Friday Night Gladiators, SpoprtsCentre Grey Cup Top 10 Special and coverage of the East and West team practices.
On Sunday, TSN.ca will have scoring updates, extended highlights and post-game coverage from inside the teams' locker rooms available on-demand.
CFL fans on the go can keep tabs on all the action in Cowtown with up-to-the-minute Grey Cup news on TSN Mobile - the portable version of TSN's industry-leading sports website, TSN.ca, accessible on any wireless device with Internet capabilities. Fans can also sign up for TSN text alerts for breaking news delivered directly to their wireless device.
ESPN Classic gets pumped for the 2009 Grey Cup with Grey Cup Week from November 23 to November 28, featuring a slate of vintage Grey Cup match-ups leading up to this year's big game. Highlights include Saskatchewan Roughriders kicker Dave Ridgway's game-winning field goal in the 1989 Grey Cup, plus bonus interview footage with Ridgway's former teammate and current CFL on TSN analyst Glen Suitor in celebration of the game's 20th anniversary; a Canada-U.S. match-up in the 1994 Grey Cup; and Ron Lancaster's Grey Cup win with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1966. The broadcast schedule is as follows:
· Mon., Nov. 23 - 1998 Grey Cup: Calgary vs. Hamilton at 9 p.m. ET
· Tue., Nov. 24 - 1972 Grey Cup: Hamilton vs. Saskatchewan at 7 p.m. ET
· Tue., Nov. 24 - 1974 Grey Cup: Edmonton vs. Montreal at 9 p.m. ET
· Wed., Nov. 25 - 1994 Grey Cup: BC vs. Baltimore at 9 p.m. ET
· Thur., Nov. 26 - 1996 Grey Cup: Toronto vs. Edmonton at 9 p.m. ET
· Fri., Nov. 27 - 1989 Grey Cup: Saskatchewan vs. Hamilton at 7 p.m. ET
· Fri., Nov. 27 - 2007 Grey Cup: Saskatchewan vs. Winnipeg at 9 p.m. ET
· Sat., Nov. 28 - 2007 Grey Cup: Winnipeg vs. Saskatchewan at 2 a.m. ET
· Sat., Nov. 28 - 1966 Grey Cup: Ottawa vs. Saskatchewan at 4 a.m. ET
· Sat., Nov. 28 - 1978 Grey Cup: Edmonton vs. Montreal at 6 a.m. ET
· Sat., Nov. 28 - 2002 Grey Cup: Montreal vs. Edmonton at 4 p.m. ET