I thought this year's GC was one of the best ever, event-wise! Here is my tale of Grey Cup fun, hopefully more will post theirs!
I landed in YVR around 1030am Saturday, and right from the airport, on the train downtown you could feel the party in the air! Definitely ignore ALL the articles that try to say that the Grey Cup atmosphere only exists within a few blocks of the stadium/convention center. All over downtown you would see people wearing a CFL jersey – with every team represented!
After a quick nap I caught the second half of the Vanier Cup, with its’ thrilling conclusion! Congrats U of Montreal! Then my friend and I hit the City for the party. We saw 54-40 and Trooper that night, a good time. Made a stop for a few more pints at the Elephant and Castle (Winnipeg BB’s home party), I have partied with the Bombers’ fans a few times and there is never a dull moment with them! More good times!
Game day itself was one of my favorite sports experiences ever! The Fan March from the Convention Center to BC Place was great; saw some of the best costumes there! Chewbacca and Darth Vader were my faves! The festival area around the stadium was awesome and everyone was in great spirits the whole day! The atmosphere inside was even better! Again, lets just ignore the articles that try to make a crisis out of there being 1500 empty seats, when I watched the highlights later, the place looked full, and it sounded full as well!
The half-time show was probably the best the Grey Cup has ever seen! I have been a fan of Imagine Dragons since the first time I heard the song “Its Time?, so I had high expectations for it. I thought they were awesome!
The game itself was exciting! I thought that for two young QBs to come in, on a stage like this, and both play great games bodes well for the future of the league at that position! Banks is a marvel to watch, and I felt bad for him having that TD brought back. It was a good call, a very tough call, but a good one. As a Riders’ fan, I know what that feels like, so I sympathize with all Cats fans!
The season was not a classic, but hopefully we can remember 2014 for the great championship game, rather than the lack-luster play of some games!