As our friends to the south celebrate ThanksGiving and watch football, fans in Canada are getting ready for the football event of the year, the 2007 Grey Cup. The Canadian Football League's version of the SuperBowl is set to take place this Sunday in Toronto. The 95th Annual Grey Cup will be presented to either the Saskatchewan Roughriders or the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. This is very exciting for me as I am a long-time Rider fan. When I was looking for information about this year's Grey Cup, I went to my favorite search engine ASK and found some of the latest news about this year's event.
The game is sold out and unlike many of the SuperBowl's that take place should be an exciting game. Lenny Kravitz is the half-time entertainment which should be great. Unfortunately for Winnipeg fans their starting quarterback broke his arm and is out for the Championship game. It was funny watching a Thanksgiving repeat of David Letterman yesterday where he has Canadian Eugene Levy on as a guest. Levy was hilarious as they were making fun of the Canadian Football League because it only had eight teams and two of them (at the time of this taping) were named "Roughriders (as were both Saskatchewan's and Ottawa's teams at the time). Well make fun of the CFL all you want, the product on the field (with the exception of the officiating at times) is a very entertaining product. More so than the SuperBowl.
Here's a look at past Grey Cup Champions:
Saskatchewan has only won the Grey Cup twice so it is pretty exciting that they are 11 point favorites to win this year. The great thing is that in the CFL you can never count anybody out. Good luck to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. I will leave you with this little poem entitled "Twas the Night Before Grey Cup" (Thanks Krista...)
Twas the night before Grey Cup, and all through the Dome,
Not a creature was stirring, but the gophers back home.
The players were nestled and snug in their beds,
While visions of Grey Cup Rings danced in their heads.
When out on the field, there arose such a clatter,
Kent sprang from his bed to see what was the matter,
Away to his window, he flew like a flash,
Threw aside the Green Curtains, and Silky White Sash.
And what did he see with his wondering eye?
But a sea of Green Revelers and a furry brown guy.
“That looks like Dominguez, and Flick and Fantuz!”
“Its way after curfew! Do they want us to lose??”
So, out of his room and down to the field,
Coach Austin stormed out with a fury to wield.
As he went through the tunnel, the ground shook with a beat,
From the dancing and prancing of ten thousand feet.
“Hey Coach,” cried a voice, “Whatcha doing down here?”
It was Szarka and Schultz, and they were handing out beer!
Chucky and Chick were grilling up Dogs,
With Burgers being served by O’Day and the Hogs.
Crandall cooked Hot Wings, Joseph grilled steak,
While Cates, Holmes, and Hughes helped Makowsky serve cake.
“This is nuts!” Austin shouted, “It’s one-thirty AM!”
“I expected some revelry, but this is mayhem!”
Eric Tillman tapped Austin, “ You’re not Eagle Keys -”
“But I’m not Berry, or Gotta, or Gregory – so PLEASE!”
“You’re all waddling around here like Wascana geese!”
“And in need of a dance coach like Donald Narcisse.”
“Now, you’ve all had your fun, so back to your rooms.”
But then Austin’s nose picked up the barbecue fumes.
Then Green Is The Color rang out through the air,
As Congi and Boreham played Banjos with flair.
On Davis, on Johnson, on Coach Ritchie Hall,
Even old Alex Smith flashed a smile after all,
On Lloyd, on McCullough, on Hunt and on Perry,
On Kornegay, Frazier, and yes, even Kerry.
The skydome then filled with a soft greenish glow,
And the whole Rider Nation set poised for a show.
An S and a wheat sheaf then formed in the air,
And a smile took the place of Coach Kent Austin’s glare.
Then everyone there, the players, the fans,
They formed a big circle by all holding hands,
Then right in the centre appeared the Grey Cup,
Which Fairholm and Ridway and Elgaard picked up.
They handed it over to Ritchie and Kent,
Who called Kerry and Eddie, and off the Cup went.
It was passed round the field, past heroes to present,
While Gainer dug holes for the Blue Bomber Pheasants.
That music was heard coast to coast people say
And they say Rider Pride grew three sizes that day.
Everyone left there dreaming of Blue Bomber doom.
And they sent all the Banjos to Troy Westwood’s Room.
GO RIDERS GO! Editor's note: The reference to Troy Westwood and Banjos are result of comments he made a while back. As noted in Wikipedia
He is arguably most known for his tongue-in-cheek insult of the rival Saskatchewan Roughriders' fans by calling them "banjo-pickin' inbreds." He later followed that up with a faux apology saying he didn't think anyone in Saskatchewan was actually capable of playing a banjo. These quotes inspired the Banjo Bowl.
Westwood is also known for his Mullet which he has vowed not to cut until he wins the Grey Cup.
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