When the Saskatchewan Roughriders take on the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday, they won’t just have their fans behind them.
A group of nuns in Saskatoon believe God will be on the team’s side as well.
Sister Rosetta Reiniger said while God loves every team, there is only one colour God wears — green.
“That’s right, when he created all the green that’s on the earth. It’s green,” she told The Brent Loucks Show Wednesday.
Sister Rosetta is a super fan: she’s been cheering on the Riders for more than five decades, witnessing all the highs and lows over the years.
After a tough three years that saw the team miss the playoffs, Sister Rosetta thinks the green and white are ready to return to glory.
“We’re going to win the Grey Cup,” she said.
“I just feel like they are on a roll right now. They’ve come through some difficult times. Now our players are playing well together.”
Sister Rosetta used to make the trip to Regina once a year for a game. Now, she and her fellow nuns cheer on the team from their convent’s retirement home, which on game days looks like a mini Rider shrine.
“We still have Gainer the Gopher sitting on my TV. He watches every game with me,” she said.
She also has a football signed by the entire team given to her by former coach Ken Miller in 2009.
The women’s game-day tradition includes popcorn and a special prayer for the players before each game.
Sister Rosetta is confident her faith will help propel the team to victory come Sunday.
“Yeah, I think we have a very good chance, and we are going to win.”
– With files from 650 CKOM’s Brent Bosker and The Brent Loucks Show.