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Grey Cup sports slang, as pertains to the streets of Toronto

Businesses, such as those at the Eaton Centre, will be hoping to translate the Grey Cup into dollars.

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On the gridiron, it's when the defenders rush the quarterback.

On the streets, it's what traffic and transit will look like Sunday before the game. Although the stadium is located off Spadina Avenue, just a few blocks from the Gardiner Expressway, nearby streets will likely be jammed. As well, several streets are closed until 5 a.m. Monday: Front Street West, University Avenue to John Street; John Street, Wellington Street West to Front Street West; and Simcoe Street, Wellington Street West to Station Street. GO, the regional rail network, is offering a special $10 day pass. and running one extra train in either direction on every one of its seven lines. The TTC, meanwhile, is selling a $10.50 commemorative pass. It's also encouraging people to use the St. Andrew subway station or King streetcar, since Union subway station is in the middle of renovations.

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Hail Mary

On the gridiron, it's a long pass made in the dying seconds of a game in a desperate, final attempt to win.

On the streets, it's the final option for desperate fans trying to get into the game: scalpers. They tend to congregate around Front Street and Blue Jays way, where a pedestrian bridge slopes up from the street towards the stadium. You may also find them along Bremner Boulevard, south of the arena. However, Toronto police warn against buying a ticket from an unknown agent or agencies.


On the gridiron, it's a kick from centre that starts each half, and restarts the action after a team scores.

On the streets, it's the big parade that will launch Grey Cup day. It starts at Varsity Stadium on the University of Toronto campus, the site of many Grey Cups past, at 12:30 p.m. The parade, which carries the cup to the game, will head east to Bloor, down Yonge Street, east on Queen and through the financial district to the stadium. Game starts at 6 p.m.


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On the gridiron, it's the chance a team has after scoring a touchdown to add extra points.

On the street, businesses will be hoping to translate the game into dollars. If you're inclined to throw them a pass, you can imbibe beer at a number of establishments along the north side of Front Street, between University Avenue and Spadina. If you're inclined to squeeze in a little shopping, the Eaton Centre is just across the street from a makeshift gridiron on Dundas Square.

Line of scrimmage

On the gridiron, it's where both teams line up before a play.

On the street, it's where fans will line up to party down before the game. There's a pancake breakfast Saturday at 11 a.m. at Nathan Phillips Square, hosted by Calgary Stampeders' fans. The Double Blue bash, for the Argonauts, is at 2 p.m. that day at the Metro Convention Centre. On Sunday, the centre will play host to an afternoon pre-game party, starting at 1 p.m.

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Here's the rest of the "official" party list:

– Fan zone, Metro Convention Centre 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24

– Cheerleading showcase, noon Saturday, Nov. 24, at Metro convention centre

– Street festival, at Front and John streets at noon Saturday, Nov. 24

– Roughriders party, noon at Metro Centre Saturday, Nov. 24

– Atlantic fans party, noon at Metro Centre Saturday, Nov. 24

– Bombers party, 1 p.m. at Metro Centre Saturday, Nov. 24

– Argos party, 2 p.m. Metro Centre Saturday, Nov. 24

– Edmonton party, 2 p.m. Sheraton Centre Saturday, Nov. 24

– Lions Party, 4 p.m. Metro Centre Saturday, Nov. 24

– TiCats Party, 4 p.m. Metro Centre Saturday, Nov. 24

– Stamps party, 5 p.m. Metro Centre Saturday, Nov. 24

– Alouettes party, 7 p.m. Maison Mercer Saturday, Nov. 24

– Concert with April Wine, Kim Mitchell, Big Sugar and Willi Williams, 6 p.m. Metro Centre Saturday, Nov. 24

– Street party, at Front and John, noon Sunday, Nov. 25

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Adrian Morrow covers U.S. politics from Washington, D.C. Previously he was The Globe's Ontario politics reporter. He's covered news, crime and sports for The Globe since 2010. He won the National Newspaper Award for politics reporting in 2016. More


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