Canadian Traditions include Canada Day July 1st, Thanksgiving, and the Grey Cup.

Sure, there are other prominent customary festivities, but the three aforementioned traditions have a way of rallying all Canadians together, regardless if they live in a city such as Prince George, or a province such as Prince Edward Island.

The Grey Cup is a party, a gala, a special event… yes, one big bash!

It’s for the young and old, healthy and ill, rich and poor, football and non-football fans.

The Grey Cup is also about the “Best of the West” battling the “Beasts of the East.”

Forget about counting calories, Sunday is a day to indulge, watch the biggest TV screen possible and together with family and/or friends, or quietly in one’s home, put the feet up, and relish the moment.

Throughout the years, my interest in the CFL has faded.

I’m not sure there is one specific reason why I watch less Canadian Football games than 15 or 20 years ago, but the lure of the NFL contributes to the change.

If the average Canadian was asked to pick one, watching the Grey Cup or Super Bowl, I think we know what the answer would be and the response would be overwhelming.

This doesn’t mean the CFL isn’t a great game or doesn’t fill a need, but the NFL glitz has grabbed our attention.

Let’s be honest, how many people do you know participate in a CFL pool compared to one in the NFL?

Also, how many people can name more CFL than NFL players?

Naturally, fans in Toronto and Calgary will be entrenched in Sunday’s game in the nation’s capital with kickoff at 3:30PM (PST).

18 of the previous 19 Grey Cup games have been decided by 13 points or less.

The Stampeders are favored by seven over the Argos, a line that is a bit generous to Toronto.

Yes, Calgary was even more of a favorite last year, which produced one of the biggest Grey Cup upsets ever.

The Ottawa RedBlacks (8-9-1), in just their third year of existence, scored a memorable 39–33 victory in overtime to stun the (15-2-1) Stampeders.

Surely history won’t repeat itself as the Argos won the East despite a 9-9 record, while Calgary was 13-4-1.

Whether one is cheering for the Stamps or the Argonauts, the hope is to have another historic championship game.

Who could ever forget the infamous 13th man game in 2009?

Montreal beat Saskatchewan in Calgary 28-27 on a last play 33-yard Damon Duval field goal.

Duval appeared to lose the game after missing his first attempt, but was given a second chance because Saskatchewan had 13 players on the field.

In 1962, there was the unforgettable Fog Bowl Grey Cup game played in Toronto.

It started December 1st, was halted due to fog in the fourth quarter and resumed December 2nd with Winnipeg holding on for a 28-27 victory over Hamilton.

These kinds of games are classic moments that will remain part of “Canadian” culture and heritage.

Oh, just for the record, I am picking the Stampeders to cover the spread and win by 10.

 

FROM THE QUOTE RACK:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife are expecting their first child. There’s no excuse for not getting Mom to the hospital on time.

*Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald

 

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of Sunday night’s Eagles-Cowboys game and took a knee during the national anthem. And hundreds of protesters gathered at the Cleveland Browns game to watch it.

*Seth Meyers of Late Night

 

President Trump remains angry at NFL players for their silent protests during the national anthem. Trump said, “Silent protests have no place anywhere outside my marriage.”

*Conan O’Brien of TBS

 

Colin Kaepernick doesn’t need testimony in his NFL collusion trial – just game day tapes, now adding Buffalo Bills QB Nathan Peterman to the list.

*Comedy writer Janice Hough of Palo Alto, California www.leftcoastsportsbabe.com

 

Last Sunday’s football coaches’ “Gobble Gobble” calls: What was Pete Carroll smoking? Oh right, that stuff is legal in Washington State. Sorry, Eskimos coach Jason Maas, you don’t have the same excuse… or DO you?

*Comedy writer TC Chong of Vancouver

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Four more Russian cross-country skiers were stripped of their Sochi Olympic medals for doping. Officials became suspicious when they had faster times than the bobsledders.

*Comedy writer RJ Currie www.Sportsdeke.com

 

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Hartley Miller is the sports director and morning news anchor for 94.3 the Goat.
He also is the 94.3 radio color commentator for P.G. Cougars home games.
His column appears Fridays on myprincegeorgenow.com.
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