Safety Jordan Younger is one of only three Toronto Argonauts still with the team from their Grey Cup-winning squad of 2004, along with kicker Noel Prefontaine and fullback Jeff Johnson.
That year, the Argos downed the B.C. Lions 27-19 at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa.
But Younger doesn't like to dwell on the past.
''This moment is our moment, although there are some similarities and we can share some of the learning experiences from '04,'' he said. ''I really want this to be a moment for these guys. They've earned it. Especially at home. We're here and there's lots of potential distractions. We're just trying to keep the group together and stay focused.
''Probably one of the few similarities between this team and the '04 team is that we just got hot at the right time. A lot of that was momentum. We started to believe we could do it. That's what's happening with this team.''
The Stampeders were in good spirits at the traditional lunch with the media. DB Tad Kornegay, who's making his fifth Grey Cup appearance (with three different teams) played the role of reporter, making a mic prop out of a knife and napkin and interviewing his teammates.
Kornegay to QB Kevin Glenn: How does it feel having Tad Kornegay as a teammate? Glenn's response: "It actually feels great because he's always in the Grey Cup, so you know if he's on your team, you're going to be in the Grey Cup."
Buzz is starting to build in downtown Toronto as more fans start arriving in town for the big game. City Hall is a hot spot with live music, touch football and an impressive zipline. More Saskatchewan jerseys spotted than any other team. The weather is ideal -- 10 degrees, blue skies and little wind.
Grey Cup Festival is in full swing. Good vibe at Nathan Phillips Square - home of the zip line, touch football field and bandstand. The zip line is a beauty. It's billed as the tallest urban zip line in North America. I made the 15-storey hike to the top and enjoyed zipping between the city hall towers and down to Queen Street. What a rush!
Early betting lines have Calgary as a slight favourite on Sunday. Bodog lists Stamps as a 1.5-point favourite. Will be interesting to see if that moves closer to Toronto side by game day. Over-under is 54.5 points.
It's not over for Quick Six yet! The CFL says while it has some safety concerns about the Stampeders horse galloping down the sidelines during Sunday's game, it's doing its best to accommodate the request. Decision expected tomorrow.
Phew! That was a busy Day 1! Tune in tomorrow for more from CP's team at the 100th Grey Cup.
Thursday is set to be another busy day for Grey Cup events. Both the Toronto Argonauts and the Calgary Stampeders will be on the field for practice today, followed by the CFL awards banquet honouring top players tonight.
The CFL hands out its annual outstanding player awards tonight. Will Stampeders running back Jon Cornish become the first Canadian in 34 years to be named the league's top player? He doesn't like his chances against Toronto's versatile slotback Chad (The Flyin' Hawaiian) Owens. "I've always been just trying to help my team,'' Cornish said. "But in this particular case, you're up against a player as great and game-changing as Chad Owens, I wouldn't speak too highly of my own chances.'' In case you're wondering, the last Canadian to be named the CFL's outstanding player of the year was Burlington, Ont., native Tony Gabriel back in 1978. Check back tonight to see if Cornish becomes a member of that elite club.
Hotel spokeswoman Kerry Ann Kotani says a horse ran through the lobby when Calgary won the Grey Cup in Toronto back in 1948.
The Toronto Argonauts are taking the field a few at a time for the start of practice. Quarterback Ricky Ray was among the first ones on the Rogers Centre turf.
Kotani says the hotel won't let the horse in because of safety reasons. It has a contingency plan if fans try to bring in the horse anyway. It's expected there will be a number of attempts. #cfl #greycup2012
Hotel executive chef Collin Thornton says he's brought out apples and carrots for the horse. Thornton says he has experience feeding horses because his wife is from Kentucky #cfl #greycup2012
Calgary fans are chanting "Let Us In!" Hotel staff have locked the front doors.
Fans are now asking if hotel will let Marty the horse just poke his head into the lobby "for 1948's sake." One person yelled "All of Canada hates you right now" to laughter.
Marty the horse is now at University and Front. Calgary Grey Cup Committee members say they're disappointed that they've been turned away.
Kicks and noise: Much of Argonauts practice centres on punt teams, and on piped-in crowd noise to work on silent counts and such. If the crowd is anywhere near as loud as the piped-in sound, it will be very noisy on Sunday.