Seriously! I know people say hockey is Canada’s game, but my family is Canadian and we are all about the football!
I’m excited to be a part of the Century Team for the 100th Grey Cup Festival which is happening all over Toronto right now! And of course when this swag arrived it just made things more exciting.
Check all the stuff happening including killer food events! 100thgreycupfestival.ca
I remember sitting in my grandparent’s TV room with my uncles, grandfather and grandmother full engrossed in the game on the screen and which of “our” teams would make the Grey Cup – the Winnipeg Blue Bombers or the Ottawa Rough Riders. The best part was that we had a team in each Conference… er Division…err until 1987 when the Bombers moved into the East Division. And then it was just messy. But up until that point it wasn’t a real conflict since they were only up against each other once for the Grey Cup, in 1941! Way before our time.
How about some History of the Game?
courtesy of 100thgreycupfestival.ca
In 1909, Earl Grey, then the Governor-General of Canada, donated a trophy for the Rugby Football Championship of Canada. The trophy, which subsequently became known as the Grey Cup, was originally open to competition only for teams that were registered with the Canada Rugby Union. Over time, the Grey Cup became the property of the Canadian Football League as it evolved into a professional football league, and since 1954, only the teams of the CFL have challenged for the Grey Cup.
The CFL was officially founded on January 19, 1958 and it is the second oldest and continuously-operating Gridiron football league in North America.
The Grey Cup Festival began in 1948, when fans of the western champion Calgary Stampeders dressed in western gear, square danced, flipped flapjacks, partied in the streets of Toronto and rode a horse through the lobby of the posh Royal York Hotel.
The first Grey Cup was played in 1909 on Rosedale Field in Toronto.
The storied “Mud Bowl” was played at Varsity Stadium in 1950 and the “Fog Bowl” was played at Exhibition Stadium in 1962.
I wonder what “Bowl” this Century game will be?