Dallas News talks about SSK Roughriders

For those who missed the segment on NBC Today regarding the Grey Cup in Ottawa which had the same reporter talk about the game with Dan Patrick last Tuesday here is the article regarding the Saskatchewan Roughriders his guest was talking about.

That was a great link Mirage. Thanks for posting it!

Same here Mirage, nice!

Who cares ?

A Dallas news outlet mentions the CFL.

Ya whatever. No biggie.


I don't think the OP posted the link because the writer of the article was from a Dallas news outlet. I don't think the OP posted the link with the idea in mind of " Hey look you all. An American news outlet is writing about a Canadian CFL team."

The article really captures the essence of the CFL and fan loyalty of many fans, in particular fan loyalty in Regina. It did not phase me while reading the article that some guy in Dallas Texas was giving exposure to little old us north of the 49th. I was more interested in what he had to say about fans thousands of miles away who are loyal to a league that has nothing to do with the U.S. I'm not sure why you reacted that way you did.

If you read the many posts throughout these forums you will see where many fans talk of the CFL as being a Canadian "tradition". You will read where posters want little to do with changing the Grey Cup date to sometime in October. You'll read how Canadian Football is unique because in many respects many rules are different than the NFL.

The writer was trying to point out how crazy and wildly enthusiastic fans of the sport up here in Canada are and he found this a "fantastic" thing. Something impressed this guy about the CFL and he wanted to write about it. In this case he wrote about the Roughrider fans. It could easily have been about the Esks, or the Stamps or the Argos. I think the point he was making was to explain that people do crazy and wild things like paint their entire bodies and wear shelled out watermelons on their heads as they revel watching their team play. They are not crazy. They just love the sport and more importantly they love their Roughriders.

I would not say you are a SSK Roughrider "hater" but it appears you have an issue with the OP [based on some of your other postings] which may be influencing your judgement a little. Or.... maybe you do have an issue with the Saskatchewan Roughriders team?

For me, I thought the article was great and should make all Roughriders feel flattered. But at end of the day I don't think what is going on in Regina Canada will have much influence on the day to day activities of those living in Dallas Texas. Suffice it to say that the article was written for entertainment value.

True enough beagle, anything Canadian in and of itself has a bit of entertainment value to it and football and Canada is much more unique than the constant hockey and Canada thingy which is so commonplace.

The author did mention other CFL "traditions"... but its disappointing how he missed the Ti-Cats chant Oskee Wee Wee... even though it has American origins.

Oskee Wee Wee originated in the US? Do tell...

You're missing the point, Mirage_ posted a link....


Didn't know that. Always thought the Oskee Wee Wee chant was a Canadian/TiCats thing

The Berekely chant was "created" in 1941 while Wiki claims the Hamilton Oski chant was created around 1920. The fact is the Hamilton Spectator published a story in 1910 which quoted Hamilton fans singing their "Oski wee wee" chant (with slightly different words than the current one). I posted the story on this forum a couple of years back. So much for the accuracy of Wiki. Who knows when Hamilton started the chant or did it really originate in 1899 in the U.S. as Wiki claims?

Here is the story:

Drew Edwards of the Hamilton Spectator posted this newspaper story last Christmas about the 1910 Ontario football championship, contested between Toronto Varsity vs Hamilton Tigers. Back then university football teams routinely played against "city" teams like the Tigers and Argos, and challenged for the Dominion and Grey Cup championships.

While the game was described as the "most spectacular game ever played", it was the accompanying story about the fan rivalry which caught my attention. I have faithfully reprinted a transcript of the story below (or the first half at least.)

Most Spectacular Game Ever Played, Witnessed on Cricket Field,
Saturday, Before 12,000 People

[b]Enthusiasm Over the Fray Has Never Been
Equaled in Canadian Football History

Strange Doings at the Cricket Field

[i]The Rooters' Clubs Were a Feature of An
Afternoon Brimming Over With
Excitement and Fun

Toronto Contingent Came Up 5,000 Strong
and Their Capers and Frolics Were
Decidedly Amusing[/i][/b]

There have been wild times in Hamilton, but never was anything experienced like the doings of Saturday, when the great Toronto university band, greatly augmented by the Toronto followers of the great college, came to the city, saw, conquered, made merry and returned to the Queen city to wind up a celebration that was only in its infancy here.

It was the most exciting as well as the most enjoyable day the citizens of this city have put in, in many a moon. There was something doing every minute, and when it was all over the damage done was so small and insignificant that the authorities stated it was the most orderly crowd that had visited the Ambitious city in years.

With over 12,000 people, men, women and children, in attendance at the now famous battle at the cricket field and treated to the most exciting and most spectacular struggle ever witnessed in Hamilton or any other town, there was ample reason for the good feeling that prevailed before and after the game.

The Varsity throng, puffed to the skies with joy over the victory of their pets, were out to let the world know that the Tigers had been humbled, and the local crowd, eager to drown the memory of a sad tale, mingled with the 'rah 'rah boys in the merry-making, and made one game attempt to enjoy themselves just as much as their visitors, with the result that they amply upheld the local traditions for good sportsmanship.

The influx into Hamilton started early on Friday evening, when the van of the college body reported. At midnight a big contingent came in, and many of them, unable to secure accommodation at the big hotels, stayed up all night, indulging in those mild frolicsome pranks that have made the college student famous the world over.

Early Saturday morning the early ones were joined by the gambling crowd, who came on the first train from Toronto looking for the bets and starting the fireworks that lasted the entire day.

The downtown hotels were the headquarters, and all morning the arguments waxed loud and merry, the pros and cons of the big game being thoroughly discussed, invariably winding up with small or larger wagers being made on the game, with the odds averaging from 2--1 to 6--5, just as the mood and fancy struck the local crowd, and just as the smooth tongue of some of the blue and white backers found effect in hammering the odds down.

About 11 o'clock the first section of the Varsity rooters reported, and then started the usual parades, which lasted until near 2 o'clock. James and King streets presenting an unusually lively appearance as the students marched up and down, around the main blocks and into the department stores, carried off signs, played havoc with the yellow and black barber poles, got away with a huge Tiger flag that hung in front of John Lennox's store, etc., but all the time maintaining a friendly and even spirit that prevented trouble and made the day an easy one for the police, who were naturally afraid that things might develop into trouble.

At noon the throng in town had be swelled into the thousands, and when the last trains from the Queen City had emptied of their loads and students, friends, followers, etc., were all up town, scrambling for places in various restaurants and dining halls, or looking for fun on the streets, traffic was practically suspended, and did not get going again until late in the evening.

At 1:30 the ceremonies in connection with the famous struggle commenced, when the Tiger Rooters' club, eight hundred and fifty strong, formed up at the Gore, and, after throwing their songs and yells to the winds for the benefit of the 'rah 'rah youngsters, marched off to the cricket field, with the 91st band, the 13th band and the buglers in attendance.

The club never looked better. Each man in line was gaily decorated with the yellow and black favors, pendants, streamers and small Tigers, and as the parade wound its way up to the cricket field, the course followed was lined with thousands of citizens, many of them women and children, who were deprived of the privilege of witnessing the game, but were not to be deprived of watching the fun preliminary to the big affair.

The local cheer leaders had their end of the deal in fine order. Roots Murphy and his assistant cheer leaders led the parade, followed by the 13th band. Then came the official banner of the club, a huge affair on which was painted a Tiger and the letters 1910, and which followed by an effigy of a Varsity player, carried on the shoulders of four local stalwarts, with the figure draped in blue and white and the signs on the side, "In Memoriam", while on the top was a nice bouquet of blue and white flowers. It was an original idea and well carried out, and formed one of the interesting features of the local club's parade.

Marching to the field, the rooters were lined up after gaining admittance and paraded around the field to the strains of Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here, and escorted to their seats in the southwest bleachers, when they started in to entertain the crowd, which was fast pouring through the various entrances, with the famous Tiger yells, and the most popular as well as the latest:

H-O-L-Y M-A-K-I-N-A-W,
T-I-G-E-R-S E-A-T 'E-M R-A-W

A few moments later the Varsity rooters reported at the gates and they, too, were lined up and marched around the field to their seats in the south-east bleachers, with the 48th Highlanders' band and the famous Varsity bulldog, Dooley in the lead.

As the blue and white throng took their seats, and the living motto, "Toronto", was formed by the use of white sweaters, the two clubs broke loose in all the battle calls that they had specially prepared for the day, the famous University yell:

"Toronto, Toronto, Toronto, Varsity,
We'll shout and fight for the blue and white,
And the honor of the U. of T.
A riperty, a raperty, a riperty, raperty re,
Toronto, Toronto, Toronto, Varsity."

Then followed an exchange of calls, and the Varsity "Rah!" was hurled into the air in defiance to the Tiger "Boohs and wows!" forming a feature that kept every person on the grounds keenly on edge and aroused them to the fullest extent for what was to follow.

Meanwhile the crowds had been pouring in through several big entrances, and the arrangements made to handle the huge host were taxed to the utmost. On Charlton avenue all the reserved seat ticket holders found admittance and they had no trouble there. But the fun and trouble came in bunches at the Duke street entrance to the grounds, where the general admission tickets were on sale. Those in charge made the mistake of attempting to hold back the 50-cent crowd until all the reserved seats were filled, with the result that long before the game, Duke street was jammed as far back as Queen street, and the long line stretched up Queen street past Charlton avenue.

As this line was augmented, the jam in the rear increased, and the pressure on the two big gates became so heavy that the police in charge there were forced to secure scantlings with which to prop them up in an attempt to hold the crowd in check.

All their efforts were in vain, however, for in a few moments the mass struck the gates with one solid bump and the rickety old fence tottered, hung on for a moment, and finally gave way, the whole mass pouring in, fully 2,000 passing the ticket-takers before the police succeeded in...(Continued on page 12 of the newspaper.)

Where is the "thumbs up" emoticon...

It's nice to see some US markets learning about how Canada does pro football. Great exposure and can stimulate other American football fans to research the CFL a bit more.

Never a bad thing.

Like most of us have said here, for me anyway I have been opining for many years.
How here in the US wannabe capital of Toronto, unless something is accepted south of the border by and large does not fly here.

Never a bad thing until they start wanting teams of their own. Then we'll go down the same path that nearly killed the league in the 90s, messed up the import rule and lead the NHL to the state it is today.

Spoken for truth.


Hmmm... is that a better link for you?

More americans =more money.

And this one Dallas write up will do that. OOOOKay.