Sunday evening. Well, for all of you who haven’t been watching the Canadian Football League Finals today, get ready for some fun.
This year is the 100th year of the Annual Grey Cup game, historically pitting East vs West in the Championship Game. And this year the league has a dream matchup.
The Toronto Argonauts, the poor cousins of professional teams in Toronto are the Eastern Division winners. The Argonauts had done something their more highly-touted hockey, basketball and soccer teams haven’t come close to doing for years – they are in a Championship Game.
And their competitors, the Calgary Stampeders, the Western Division Champions. Hey, wasn’t there a horse ridden through the lobby of the Royal York Hotel sometime in league history during one of these East/West meetings.
An awesome matchup. The staid, conservative, buttoned-up Toronto vs. Calgary, the energetic, upstart economic city that is driving the country. This is a dream match-up for the Canadian Football league.
I have been living in Canmore, just 45 minutes west of Calgary, for the past five years and have experienced first-hand the great support and enthusiasm for the Stampeders. Rest assured that Calgarians, and the west, will be coming east with bells on and, you never know, maybe with a few horses.
It will be interesting to see if the City of Toronto can get on the bandwagon to support the Argonauts and match that western camaraderie. Actually I have great hopes they will. After all Rob Ford, the much maligned Mayor of Toronto, is also a high school football coach whose team just won a championship itself. If he can’t do it, nobody can!!
The Grey Cup is a Canadian institution and draws one of the largest television audiences of the year. This one may be more fun than any of them – Toronto versus Calgary – Let’s make it a hell of a week!!!
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