My hometown province is hosting the Grey Cup game, in the newly refurbished BC Place. That means the game can be played indoors, taking snow, ice and cold out of the equation. Frankly, I think football should be played in whatever weather, and the host stadium should be one of the teams actually in the game. Canadians have that messed up, but for this year, it holds true. The BC Lions are actually in the game for all the marbles.
The Lions weren't the stellar team of the season, and weren't a runaway win for the Western Division. Out of the 18 games played in the regular season, they won 11, exactly the same number won by both the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Stampeders (my team). However, last weekend, the Lions defeated Edmonton in a hugely emotional game. Trainer, Bill Reichelt's 18 year old son, Dylan, who worked with the Lions alongside his twin brot
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are appearing for their 24th final game. They've won the cup 10 times, and their road to the Grey Cup final was also an emotional one. Although they won only 10 of the 18 games they played, tying them with the Montreal Allouettes, they didn't even play the Al's in the Eastern Conference final, as the Hamilton Ti-Cats were victorious over the Al's in the previous week. The Blue Bombers victory over the Tiger Cats was decisive, however, as they won by a 19-3 score.
The emotion for the team comes from the loss of Assistant Head Coach, Richard Harris, who died of a sudden heart attack on July 26th of this year.
It might be said both teams are playing for the memory of a lost one, but both teams have worked hard to be in the final game, and the game should be a good one. The Blu Bombers aren't supposed to be in the final. The BC Lions are the heavy favorites, and expected to win by a converted TD, according to the Vegas odds. The Lions have, after all, won the last 11 out of 12 games played, after a disastrous start to their season. The Winnipeg players aren't too worried, according to most reports. They were one of the teams who defeated the Lions in those early games. Winnipeg was also able to defeat the defending Allouettes, defending Cup Champions who will not be defending today.
The Blue Bombers are trying to break a Grey Cup losing streak dating back to 1990. As they have said, they are "hanging loose" just waiting to see if they can get it done.
The Lions are the favorites, as I've said, but with the history of sports events in Vancouver, and at BC Place, this fan only hopes there are no riots or injuries after the game, regardless of the results. The actions of those fanatics in Vancouver do not make me proud to be a Canadian.
Oh, and by the way, my son's boss is at the game, having created a meeting he needed to attend in Vancouver, and he's an Eskimos fan. I'm sure he'll enjoy the game.
So sit back and enjoy the game. I'm taking the Blue Bombers by 3. I just can't cheer for the Lions. Who are you cheering for? What's your team? Join in an enjoy a little Canadian football!