Given that my earliest Grey Cup memories revolve around the fact the CBC and CTV used to split the broadcast of the game half-by-half and that the Grey Cup parade and Miss Grey Cup pageant was kind of destination viewing and Schenley was the libation of your choice because it was the awards sponsor, I have a bit of gravitas to say this:
The Grey Cup – it goes Sunday night, Hamilton vs. Winnipeg and all kinds of wonderful storylines exist – is a one of the truly great Canadian sports traditions and you know I’ll be near some TV somehow watching it.
Hell, it’s not “one of” the truly great Canadian sports traditions, it’s the only truly Canadian sports tradition and I imagine this won’t happen but you all should embrace it.
(I suppose you could put the Brier and Scotties in there now that I think of it)
The Grey Cup game, I promise, will be exciting because it always is; I hope TSN plays heavily on the Canadiana aspect of it, I hope it snows at least a little bit and the wind howls and if the game ends on a rouge and a kick-it-in-kick-it-out-kick-it-back-in flurry of dropkicks and no yards penalties it’ll be the greatest ending ever.
And this from a guy who usually has no use whatsoever for football.
This might be one of those cases where you can love the event while not being all that impressed with the event-creators.
I’m absolutely not a football guy – too militaristic, too unwilling to deal with the realities and repercussions of the violence they demand – and the CFL hasn’t covered itself in glory in many ways.
The officiating seems awful, they seem to change rules at the drop of a hat and in mid-season, league-mandated discipline is wildly inconsistent and the fact so many teams per capita tend to lurch from crisis to crisis really makes me wonder about the long-term viability of the league as a truly national entity.
But there is no denying the game can be amazing.
I dare you to watch the speed of a CFL game and then the slog of an NFL one and not come away impressed how much more entertaining the Canadian game can be.
I know, I know. It’s not the NFL so it’s second rate and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. But I fully believe the NFL is hype and gambling and fantasy and the games basically suck and unfold at a glacial pace.
That, of course, is an argument and discussion for another day, if ever because it’s not a discussion that has any real impact on my life.
But what’s undeniable is that Sunday’s game in “ours” unlike any other in any other sport.
And I know you might need a rooting interest to get fully invested in it but I’d suggest that if you take a wee bit of time to watch a little, you might end up watching a lot and come away thinking Canada’s got something special that’s all its own.
That’s not a bad thing.
Scene from a saloon.
Woman walks in the bar about 3 p.m., sidles up to a stool two or three down and says, “yes, I’d like to have a drink but I want to know if I can watch the tennis.”
Of course, the Davis Cup is one the big screen because that’s how they roll at the local (hi, JA Square 1) so everyone’s happy.
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So, what do we think?
I like the script and I’m okay with the colours – I’d like some red in there but they didn’t ask – but I’m not sure about the little things above the names on the back because I think the writing pays homage to 1995.
But it was nice of them to get them out now so you can be separated from more of your hard-earned money right before the holidays.
Yeah, we need a bit more mail. The weekend mailbag is growing but there’s always room and all you’ve got to do is click on firstname.lastname@example.org and ask away to play along.
It’s a hoot, it really is.
The HOTH took yesterday as a load management day – and I am not in the least surprised by that – but we were still able to scratch out this piece by She Who Supports Arsenal and I did the usual Thursday-for-Friday Nothing But Net so, enjoy.
I really don’t have an awful lot to add to the pucks excitement of a couple of days ago except this observation from afar.
It strikes me – and I don’t think I’m alone in this – that the dismissal of the coach should have happened last spring, like a day or two after they failed again to win a playoff series, and it was getting more obvious by the hour that – rightly or wrongly – the guy on the bench and the guy in the office had differing opinions on how the game should be played and how a roster should be constructed.
I don’t think it’s admirable at all that they tried to resolve unresolvable issues and starting this season with a new voice and front office-coaching harmony might not have created the mess they’re in now.
I certainly don’t have the knowledge to say which way is better – Babcock’s or Dubas’s – but the dithering until they reached Wednesday’s inevitable move may very well have cost them this season.
That’s silly, I believe.
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