Chris Robertson is probably the biggest Tiger-Cats fan west of Hamilton.
He's the leader of the Alberta Ticat Nation, and in the 1990s, he led the cheers at Ivor Wynne Stadium, the Tiger-Cats former home.
With the 2021 Grey Cup being hosted in Hamilton this year, Robertson is especially excited and is hoping the home field advantage will boost the Ticats.
"I was actually at the last game where Ticats hosted the Grey Cup back in 1972 in Ivor Wynne Stadium, which at that time was called Civic Stadium. I remember all the plays vividly like it was yesterday because it was a magic moment in Ticat history."
The Tiger-Cats currently have the longest championship drought streak in the CFL, with the last time they won the cup being in 1999. The longest streak before that was their upcoming rivals, Winnipeg, who didn't see a Grey Cup from 1990 until 2019.
Some other favourite Tiger-Cats moments of Robertson's include a time when he and his son James were guests on a TV show and ran into a former player of a rival team. Right before the show went to air, Robertson got chatting with the host, who happened to ask if his son liked football.
"He said, 'Oh, would you like to see my Grey Cup rings?' And James said ‘yes,’ and he started looking at the Grey Cup ring, and then he said 'I got it when I played for the Argos'. James just started stepping back like he was the Antichrist," he joked.
When asked about his favourite Tiger-Cat player of all time, Robertson mentioned Joe Montford, a defensive end and CFL Hall of Famer who was on the Ticats championship team in 1999.
"We could use a defensive end as good as Joe on Sunday," he said. "It's going to be gut-check time for that Hamilton defensive line. They're good, but they've got to be great on Sunday."
The Tiger-Cats are considered the underdogs going into Sunday's game. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had a 12-3 record and have seen consistent success throughout the 2021 season. The Tiger-Cats finished the regular season second in the east with a 10-6 record.
Robertson also pointed out that you'll probably be able to hear the Tigercats signature chant, "Oske-wee-wee," from the crowd in the background of Sunday's game, explaining the chant has no real meaning but goes back about five generations.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 2021 Grey Cup, Sunday at 4 p.m.