November 20, 2007
Ready to party
By JODY VANCE -- Sun Media
Although it would have been super cool to have the home team in the big game on Sunday, the 95th Grey Cup festivities in Toronto will be a blast nonetheless.
Having "worked" (and I use the term lightly) a number of Grey Cup Classics over the years, I know firsthand just how much fun this sports phenomenon can be.
Sure, the Grey Cup is about football but that's not all, it is also about something intrinsic to being a true Canadian -- partying, adult beverages and lots of Canadian pride.
With the Argos out -- Toronto needs to accept its role as host and roll out the red carpet for the fine folks from the West.
All too often, pro sports events end up catering to the corporate elite and end up pushing loyal fans aside -- not so with the Grey Cup. This is what is so special about fans of three-down football -- how proudly Canadian we are.
It's so Canadian we even welcome the Baltimore Stallions Fan Club. For those who don't know, the Stallions are the only U.S.-based team to win the Grey Cup, and their fans enjoyed the party so much ... some of them still make the annual pilgrimage to the CFL's big game.
As so many people tell pregnant women... get your rest now because this weekend can be as non-stop as new parenthood.
The festivities basically start now, as fans begin to flood the city, for what is just about a week-long celebration.
With the Winnipeg Blue Bombers taking on the Saskatchewan Roughriders, we will see the ultra rare all-prairie Grey Cup -- translation: Batten down the hatches, the party will be like no other.
Facts are facts: What do folks in Saskatchewan and Manitoba have to get excited about when it comes to professional sports, if not their CFL teams? Right, not a lot, so this is their Stanley Cup, their NBA Championship, their World Series. You get the picture.
Planes, trains, automobiles and even co-ordinated convoys are being scheduled as I type.
So, high five the unbridled revelers in jerseys and face paint as they take over this town, or, hide out in all black in any trendy martini bar, you won't find them there.
To take in the full experience you need only remember these three little words: "Spirit of Edmonton" --Trust me.
-- Jody Vance is a longtime sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV. Her column appears Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours.