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A Good Weekend For Football

I watched the start of one game and the end of the other, but both Cup games played in Vancouver this weekend ended with a victory for the good guys!

Truth is, I’m not really much of a football fan and haven’t been since many, many years ago when my Dad and I used to play in a football pool run by my Uncle Harry1. But since that pool stopped, I don’t think I’ve watched a single football game, which makes me think I was more of a fan of winning money than of the sport. But I digress.

Friday night, as I mentioned previously, my alma mater played in the Vanier Cup – which my friend and fellow McMaster alumna, Therese, got to go to. I watched most of the first half – if having the TV on the background counts as “watching” – and then Devon and I headed to out for dinner and to meet Rachel & Peter for drinks. The score was 20-0 for McMaster when we left and apparently they had a bit of a meltdown in the second half, but managed to win it in the end! Hooray Marauders!

Tonight, of course, was the Grey Cup2 that  (which my friend and hockey teammate got to go to!), and I got home from my hockey game in time to watch most of the second half. There were some really nice plays – even a football neophyte such as myself could tell that – and a few points for Winnipeg to keep us from getting to confident, but the BC Lions managed to take it in the end. Hooray Lions!

So, even though I’m not really a football fan, I’m not above jumping on the bandwagon to cheer these two victories!

  1. If you’ve ever seen the episode of the Simpsons where Lisa and Homer are in a football pool together – it was like that, except that my Dad and I were both good at choosing teams. []
  2. I learned from Gillian’s tweet that the Grey Cup was commissioned by the grandson of the Earl after which Earl Grey tea was named. Clearly, my newfound love of Earl Grey has contributed to this BC victory. []

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Go Marauders Go!

My alma mater is playing in the Vanier Cup tonight. Which just so happens to be taking place in Vancouver. And while I’m not going to be at the game, I will be in Vancouver. And while I’m not really that interested in football (I mean, seriously, there’s no ice, no skates and no pucks. What kind of sport is that?), I *love* McMaster, so I’m hoping that I’ll be seeing lots of maroon-clad fans celebrating a McMaster win!

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BC Lions Game


Day 103
Lance, Kim & Beth at the Lions game. Image by Beth77 via Flickr

Crossed another item off my 101 things to do in 1001 days list: #45: Go to a BC Lions game!

Now, I’m not a huge football fan. When I was a kid, my dad and I were in an NFL football pool run by my uncle for a few years and I *loved* watching football when I had money riding on it. But as soon as the pool ended, so did my interest in watching football games. Turns out I wasn’t really invested in any of the teams, so without the big cash rolling in, I couldn’t actually care less about the games.

But there is something really awesome about live sporting events. Plus, this season the Lions are playing at Empire Field, since their usual home, BC Place, is having a new roof put on. My friend Kim really wanted to see a game at Empire Field and since the field is slated to be demolished after this season, well, we figured why not go to last night’s game?  The field is actually a lot nicer than I’d been envisioning for a temporary field – and it was a crisp, clear night, so great for an open-air stadium.  I wasn’t exactly dressed for the evening chill, as I was in Vancouver already when we decided to go to the game and I was wearing the capri yoga pants I had with me from the morning’s seawall walk1, so by the end of the game I was a bit cold, but such, I guess, is the life of a football fan.

The Lions have been sucking pretty bad this season2, but they were playing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who are sucking even worse3. The game was actually pretty exciting, with a come from behind4 victory for the hometown boys.

And speaking of boys, I had just been commenting earlier that day to some friends that I have no idea where one meets boys in this city.  Turns out, they are all at the football game. Seriously, it had to be a 75%/25% male/female split in the stands.  And some of said boys may be very inebriated and then wink at you and tell you that “you look very sexy tonight” even though you are not even remotely dressed up and your hair hasn’t seen a brush in more than 12 hours. Or they may find sneaky ways to give you their email addresses within 43 seconds of meeting of them. You know, hypothetically speaking.

  1. It was pretty warm during the day, so I’d brought a skirt and sandals for my mid-day events – coffee with some friends and a hockey pool draft – but fortunately had the capri pants and running shoes as Jen B and I did our seawall walk in the morning, when it was a bit chilly []
  2. they had a 4 and 8 record going into last night’s game []
  3. 3 and 9 going into last night’s game []
  4. tee hee []

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Vancouver Whitecaps Game

Yesterday, Alicia & Paul took Tod and I to a Vancouver Whitecaps game1  They have seasons tickets and Alicia knew that I really wanted to check out a game, as I’ve never been to a soccer game before.

Truth be told, I don’t know much about soccer, other than that you are trying to kick the ball into the giant net.  Which looks like it should be easy, as the net is huge, but seems to be damn near impossible as the Whitecaps and the Carolina Railhawks played 90+ minutes and no one scored a goal. The Whitecaps nearly did a few tiems, but a combination of the Railhawks goalie kicking some serious ass and the Whitecaps having a penchant for kicking the ball in such a way as to always hit the post kept the game scoreless.

IMGP0066 by you. Whitecaps (in white) vs. Railhawks (in orange)

At half time, they had a few little kids games.  This is something they do at Canucks games and I absolutely love it! It must be the most exciting thing ever for a little kid to get a chance to play in front of a stadium full of people!

IMGP0064 by you.Little goalie, watching as all the kids surround the soccer ball at the other end of the field. Playing positions? What’s a position?

Things I Learned At The Whitecaps Soccer Game:

  • the clock counts time up, not down2
  • there’s no line on the field for offside – offside is being behind the furthest defender
  • you are supposed to similatenously watch the ball and all the players and the referrees. At the same time.  Because the ref might put up a yellow card and you needed to have seen both the ref with his yellow card and the play that was being yellow carded and you have to see it in real time because the stadium has no JumboTron

Things I Didn’t Learn At The Whitecaps Soccer Game:

  • what the hell a “railhawk” is

All in all, it was a fun time. And I knocked #47 off of my 101things to do in 1001 days list!  Thanks again, Alicia & Paul!

  1. although I think they should be called the Burnaby Whitecaps, as Swanguard stadium is on the eastside of Boundary Rd. []
  2. I, of course, compare everything to hockey and in hockey, the clock counts down, so you can easily see how much time is remaining. Which makes way more sense, if you ask me []