Coming from this game, I needed a couple of days to assemble my thoughts before I stated anything here or even turn the TV back on. I shut it off because I was sick watching people gloat over that kick, over and over again.
I understand/empathize with what happened, despite the long commercial break before the first kick. I had trouble understanding why they couldn’t get their act together with such a long break. I had to think back to my playing days, being a special teams player. Which team takes the field? Coach sends it in, players yell it to each other. You line up, look left/right, your in position is correct. Did you hear it correct, or was the message lost between players relaying it? In this case, final seconds, Grey Cup is won, you are ready to celebrate, emotions are high. "I’m sure I heard it right, no one is saying anything, snap the ball already and get the celebrations on". Armstead, did he count, probably, his emotions are high, he too EARNED the Cup. He probably either counted two people once since it was a bunched up, or forgot himself. Who knows, all I know is that you cannot possibly blame one person, for that matter, I don’t want to blame anyone….it’s just time to chalk it up as “one of those things?. Being that I don’t know what happened (and neither does anyone else except in the very inner circle), I made a short list of FACTS I do know:
- Durant is officially a PREMIER quarterback in this league. He won this Grey Cup no doubt, hands down, and finally “proved? himself to all doubters, myself included. We NEED to be proud of this guy, and not be sending this guy down the river to excel for another team because we didn't support him. Simple deal, stick by him, he will stick by us
- This TEAM WON the Grey Cup, and EVERYONE ACROSS CANADA knows this to be fact! Montreal did not win this. Ever. At any point in the game. They played like crap, like I have never seen Montreal play this year. It was their absolute worst game, and one of our best! Show me ANYONE, even a player for Montreal that says they won. They have the cup because of an error. One error. If Duval made the first kick, then I would say yes, they still played like crap, but they played ok enough to just win. So I don’t care what they engrave on the damn thing, we won it and everyone knows it.
- The friggin morons that started the stupid “I hate the 13th Man? Facebook page and the 8,000 plus that signed up as fans of the site need to be dragged through the streets by their ankles for threatening to "kill whoever was responsible". You are not fans, you are idiots. You need to take whatever little Rider Gear you own and donate to real fans that can’t afford to buy it themselves. You are an embarrassment to us, and to this province, to the league and mostly to yourselves and your families. Quit taking up my oxygen and move away from here.
- And lastly: This team has the eyes of the league and the world on it and not because of one play. It was happening to us the entire season. Because everyone wants to either be us, or have a team like us. We need to be proud of that. Today, tomorrow and next year and years following. Because even though people want to be like us, they simply are not. And if that sounds snooty, that's because it is. It very much is, and I damn well think we've earned the RIGHT to be snooty. There's two kinds of teams, 1) Saskatchewan 2) everyone else. And I like it this way.
I love this team, and will always love this team. And it’s ok to be mad at them once in awhile. That’s part of the game. But don’t forget they are probably just as mad at themselves. More. Their lives are all about the team. They leave their families for long periods of time, they live, eat, sleep and breath this game. They worked their entire lives hard to get to that game. And this group brought us there, again elevating and proving us to be a province that is a force to be fearful of.
Mostly, they just make us all proud to be from Saskatchewan.