Monday, November 30, 2009

Grey Cup Weekend 2009

We love Grey Cup in my family.  My brother is a big CFL fan so he’s in it for the game.  My sister-in-law and I are in it for the party.  Back in 2003 my brother’s best man got 8 tickets to the Grey Cup in Regina, SK as a wedding present.  At the time I was living in Laredo, TX and trying to get a flight to Regina was no easy feat.  I picked the cheapest option on Orbitz that sent me through Houston, somewhere in Wisconsin, Minneapolis and then into Regina.  I was on a plane with a bunch of hunters that had never heard of the CFL before, but they sure taught me a lot about flying into Canada with all your hunting gear.  us with the cup
All I can tell you about the game is that it was so cold I lost all feeling in my toes (never mind coming from Texas, it was cold period…-30C with the wind chill), Bryan Adams played the half time show, and we traded root beer schnapps for coffee with the guys in front of us.  Oh, and I think Edmonton won?

Ever since then Grey Cup has held a special place in our hearts.  A couple of years ago we held the Great Grey Cup-Cake Off to determine the best cupcake bakery in Calgary.  Last year we themed our food around the two Cup contenders, Montreal and Calgary.  We had Montreal smoked meat sandwiches and some of Calgary’s own Spolumbo sausages (owned by three former CFL players). 

This year, Grey Cup was in Calgary.

On Saturday I went downtown with my brother, sister-in-law and niece to take in the Grey Cup Parade.  Avery was enthralled with the parade and she especially loved the horses.  Yeah, she’s a cutie.  Hard to believe how big she’s getting!DSCN1782

I wasn’t really rooting for either the Saskatchewan Roughriders or the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday, I was just hoping to see a good game.  For the first part of the game, what was really more interesting was checking out the Roughrider fans:

The beer can mohawk…DSCN1859
Poor frog…DSCN1841
The beer box cowboy hat…DSCN1832My sister-in-law and I were on our own in the end zone, but rest assured…we had a good time!DSCN1861

Oh, and Montreal won in what wound up being a pretty exciting game.  And that’s Grey Cup for another year…


Missy said...

I love me some football and I even half way know what I'm looking at...holy crap that's cold and you don't even have a hat on sista!!!

teacherwoman said...

Sounds like a great time! :)

Marlene said...

What a fun tradition. Love to photos!

Molly said...

That frog hat is hysterical! Sounds like a really fun event :)

Lily on the Road said...

Wasn't that the craziest game EVER?

Brian said...

I wish i could go! Looks like an awesome time!

Wes said...

well, you know you gotta be a leeeeetle crazy to live where its that FREAKIN COLD :-)