We’re a city of poor sports

So we’re having the Grey Cup in Vancouver this weekend, and while it’s perhaps not the once in a lifetime experiance that hosting Expo ’86 was, or the Olympics will be, it’s still a pretty big event for the city and aside from the Stanley Cup the Grey Cup is the most important team sports trophy a Canadian team is able to win. I know people who’ve gone previous Grey Cups and even though they’re not football fans, they’ve had a wicked good time. If I wasn’t working I’d go.

So it’s sad to see the CBC reporting that now that the Lions have been eliminated by the Edmonton Eskimos masses of Vancouver football fans are trying to offload their tickets. There was never any gaurantee that the Lions would get into the final, so why did they buy the tickets in the first place if they weren’t willing to to go see a non-B.C. Grey Cup? Come on people, it’s the Grey Cup. Crazy old people with buttons all over their clothes go to them every year no matter where they are and whose in it.

Are we all just not going to show up for any Olympic events if a Canadian, nay a Vancouver-ite, doesn’t have a shot at the medal? Should we all just jump off the Canucks bandwagon now because we all know in our hearts of hearts we can’t win the Stanley Cup (at least not with Dan Cloutier between the pipes). And if you’re going to jump off the bandwagon want to sell me your tickets?

Some people probably have a good excuse. Maybe your mother is dying of SARS or something and you wanted to be by her death bed, except if the Lions were in the Grey Cup and then forget your mother it’s tail gate party time. But come on people, let’s not be babies. Go to the Grey Cup, watch the damn thing and enjoy your damn selves.

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2 Comments so far

  1. wyn (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2005 @ 12:21 pm

    I can see two reasons : either there is some animosity towards the teams in the finals and some people are taking a “moral” stand, and that seems silly; or support for the BC Lions is more city pride than pure enjoyment of the sport.
    I’m not a football fan but I know it’s going to be a really good game with top-notch competition and plays.


  2. Jeffery Kelly Simpson (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2005 @ 12:34 pm

    Moral stand? That’s silly. I mean it’s not like it’s going to be the Nazis versus the Cannibals.



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