The best football performance of the day did not come in any of the 12 NFL games played on Sunday. Nor will the best performance of the week come when the San Francisco 49ers take on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. The best performance came in the Grey Cup, where the Saskatchewan Roughriders rode a former 49ers running back to a dominating 45-23 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
That player was more than just ... a former player. He was more than a practice squadder and preseason standout. He was our future. I'm talking about, of course, Kory Sheets. The man who looked solid for the 49ers and captured the total undying admiration of user KORY SHEETS WAS OUR FUTURE -- as seen in the now-famous Niners Nation fanpost here -- set a Grey Cup (that's like the Super Bowl for them, but with a more mysterious and provocative name) record on Sunday.
Sheets broke the previous record for yardage with 197 on the day, and added two touchdowns as well. The old record of 169 yards was set back in 1956. Sheets' excellent performance earned him the MVP honors for the game. The championship victory (fourth for the Rough Riders, first for Sheets) caps a season in which Sheets put up 1,598 yards off of 287 carries, with 12 touchdowns.
Those numbers are, of course, utterly meaningless to me, because I don't watch the CFL. But they sure do look impressive on paper. In all seriousness, it's really cool to see someone like Sheets, who in all honesty did have more than just the one crazed fan here at Niners Nation, go on to do something great with his talents.
And yes, it is written into my contract that I have to write about Kory Sheets at least three times per year.