November 27th, 2019 ~ Vol. 89 No. 48
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Simply Selles by David Selles
 
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
I’m not sure how many people reading this are into Canadian Football but I figured since the Grey Cup just happened I’d write a bit on it.

First I’ll give a bit of an overview on why I have an interest in it to begin with.

Growing up my family would travel to BC to visit family.

My Opa was always a big BC Lions fan and since I was into sports I figured I’d follow along with him.

Any time I visited, my Opa and I would talk about how the Lions were doing and even if they were playing good football, he’d find a way to say something negative about the team.

That’s just the way he was.

We enjoyed our talks about the team over the years and that’s where my love for the CFL came from.
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The CFL is it’s own unique brand of football with different rules from the NFL, which helps truly make it “our game.”

It also seems to me that the CFL has a special breed of fans.

Maybe I don’t pay enough attention to the stands when watching the Super Bowl, but at the Grey Cup, you can distinctively see every teams jersey from the league in the stands whether those teams are in the championship or not.

There are also individual parties for every fan base at the Grey Cup festival each year as well.

Those types of things help make the CFL what it is and it’s why I sat in front of my TV for the entire game even though I had no real interest in whether Winnipeg or Hamilton won.

This Grey Cup was dubbed the drought bowl, as both Winnipeg and Hamilton haven’t won a Grey Cup in years.
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Winnipeg was going for their first victory in 29 years while Hamilton was aiming for their first in 19.

Winnipeg ended up winning 33-12 and ended their drought.

With their win came an end to one particular fan’s drought as well.

In 2001, a Winnipeg fan by the name of Chris Matthew vowed he wouldn’t wear a pair of pants until the Blue Bombers won a Grey Cup.

Matthew had lived in shorts for 18 years before the Bombers won.

Matthew, who was flown out to the game, was able to take the field after the victory and was seen putting on a pair of pants for the first time in 18 years.

Now if that doesn’t say dedication (it may just say stupidity to some), I don’t know what will.

Just imagine those winter months shoveling snow in Winnipeg wearing shorts.

Yikes!

It’s always enjoyable for me to see how a league exclusive to Canada can help bring people together and maybe I need to come up with something I can’t do until my Lions win the Grey Cup again even though it’s only been eight years.
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