HAIL UBC: UBC’s Thunderbird football team — 2015 Vanier Cup champions – picked up more hardware this week. At a fundraising dinner produced by David Sidoo’s 13th Man Foundation, the players were presented with their championship rings in front of 700 fans at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. A Cinderella story for the ages, the team turned a 2-6 record last season into an unimaginable run that saw the Thunderbirds make it all the way to the final, edging top ranked University of Montreal Carabins 26-23 with a dramatic last second field goal. Dedicated to improving the fortunes of UBC’s varsity football program, which had not won a national championship since 1997, Sidoo — a former member of that winning team — founded the 13th Man Foundation. Off-season signings of winning coach Blake Nill and star American quarterback Michael O’Connor followed. After a 2-2 start the team sported a seven-game win streak to reach the finals and earn the country’s top varsity honours.