Grey Cup 101

I had high hopes prior to last week that I would get some spectacular photos during Grey Cup Festival events and at the game itself.  Alas, I have excuses why I didn’t accomplish that goal!

  1. It was cold outside. Really cold.  (Although, perhaps that’s not really a good excuse because I did take pictures at the Grey Cup Parade on Saturday morning when it was -22 out!)
  2. I was busy enjoying all the Grey Cup festival events.  I was out four nights in a row (can’t remember the last time I did that!) and I just wanted to enjoy the events.
  3. My camera stopped working at halftime at the game so I was unable to capture the end of the game and the Grey Cup presentation. 😦

Anyway, these are not some of the best pictures I’ve ever taken, but they capture some of the events during Grey Cup week. (And since I know there are some people who check out my blog who may not know what the Grey Cup is, I suppose you could call it Canada’s Superbowl, although that may not be quite accurate.  It’s the championship game for the Canadian Football League and the Grey Cup Festival is a celebration for the fans.  This year, the 101st Grey Cup game was in Regina, and the hometown team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders were in it against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  And we won!  And it was amazing!

The Grey Cup came to the Library for photo ops...

The Grey Cup came to the Library for photo ops…

Grey Cup at the library 2

Green was definitely the colour all week...

Green was definitely the colour all week…

Grey Cup parade 2

Saturday morning was a very cold day for a parade. But people still went because that's what we do in Saskatchewan.

Saturday morning was a very cold day for a parade. But people still went because that’s what we do in Saskatchewan.

Grey Cup parade 3 Grey Cup parade 4

Very bad picture taken at Riderville (one of the party venues).  It was a bit too much for me, I enjoyed some of the other team's party venues more.

Riderville (the biggest of the team party venues).  I like smaller venues, so this wasn’t my favourite stop of the night but still definitely something to experience!

Finally, game day!  After three very chilly days, it was actually a pretty nice day for a game!  Four layers of clothing was still required, though!

Finally, game day! After three very chilly days, it was actually a pretty nice day for a game! Four layers of clothing did the trick!

Typical Riders fan. :)

Typical Riders fan. 🙂

Sheepdogs perform during the pre-game

Sheepdogs perform during the pre-game

Durant warming up...

Durant warming up…

what they're playing for

The offensive starters were supposed to be introduced individually, but after the first player was introduced the whole team ran onto the field. (and apparently the team will be fined for breaking protocol). Oh well!

The offensive starters were supposed to be introduced individually, but after the first player was introduced the whole team ran onto the field. (and apparently the team will be fined for breaking protocol). Oh well!

Snowbirds flyby after O Canada (wish I'd gotten a better pic of this!)

Snowbirds flyby after O Canada (wish I’d gotten a better pic of this!)

....and they're off...

….and they’re off…

And, since my camera stopped working, I’ll skip right to a bad iPhone pic walking home down the Green Mile while fireworks were shot off the top of City Hall!

fireworks on top of City Hall from the Green Mile

And now, after a fabulous Grey Cup Week, life is starting to get back to normal!

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