The BC Lions vs. the Saskatchewan Roughriders: the crazies are in town

Saskatchewan Roughriders

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People love the BC Lions. I work downtown by both BC Place and GM Place and I see fans going to both the Lions games and the Canucks games but when people go to the Lions games they really go to the Lions games. What I’m saying is that you don’t see too many fans stomping around downtown with their faces painted for the Cancuks games.

Today the Lions are facing off against the Saskatchewan Roughriders [bl] for the Scotiabank West Championship. Fans have been streaming to the stadium for the past hour or so, and the flood has really picked up despite the typical Vancouver rain.

What’s more impressive though is the few Saskatchewan fans who’ve left their farms and their one gas station [wp] to parade around in the rain with halves of watermellons strapped to their heads singing songs like they were at an Arsenal game [as]. I guess when you don’t have an NHL team and the only entertainment is watching the ground to see if it thaws so you can plant your wheat, the CFL is a big deal.

So best of luck to the Lions today. Though it would be nice for Canucks fans to have something to be excited about, so we could all paint our faces and fill Robson street in an orgy of shouting, dancing and bottle rockets.

5 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

    Riders fans are NUTS man :p

  2. Jonathon Narvey (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 5:42 pm

    We won! Hooray!

  3. jb (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 7:50 am

    i am from regina. yes, it is true – riders fan are NUTS. and yes, we do watch the ground to see if it thaws. we also get drunk lots. all the stereotypes apply – have any more?

  4. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    I don’t know many more. I heard that if you want to you can watch your dog run away from home for three days straight in Saskatchewan. Though why you’d want to do that escapes me.

  5. JB (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 6:13 am

    I heard Brett Butt speaking on CBC radio yesterday and he said it is so flat here you can see the back of your head.

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