Monday, November 14, 2022

The Argos are in the Grey Cup!


The Toronto Argonauts don't get much media attention in the city they call home.  You don't hear a great deal of  chatter about them in this town. They may not be the most popular team in T.O., but they are arguably the most successful and prestigious franchise.  The Toronto Maple Leafs have not won the Stanley Cup since 1967.  It's been 30 years since the Toronto Blue won the first of their back-to-back World Series victories.

The Toronto Argonauts have an illustrious history.  Founded in 1871, the Argos are the oldest existing sports team in North America still using its original name.  The Argos have won 17 Grey Cups, the most recent in 2017.  The Toronto Maple Leafs have won 13 Stanley Cup Championships, the last one being 55 years ago.  The NBA's Toronto Raptors are the new kids in town.  They were founded as an expansion team in 1995 and they won the NBA Championship in 2019,

I strongly support the Canadian Football League.  Its players our more down to earth, because they are nowhere near as wealthy as those in the NHL, NBA,  MLB.  The CFL is ours.  It is uniquely Canadian and its headquarters are not in New York City.   The Grey Cup may not be as glitzy as the Superbowl, but how could it be?  Nobody does glitz like the Americans.  However, they Grey Cup has it own charms and it is more down-home.  It has more history and tradition.  It was first awarded annually in 1909 by Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey, Governor General of Canada, to represent the amateur football championship.  Also, the CFL is the home of the beloved Michael "Pinball" Clemons, a class act in the world of sports.

Congratulations, Argos and best of luck in the 109th Grey Cup.  Bring on those Winnipeg Blue Bombers!  You can be sure that on Sunday, November 20th,  I will be cheering for the Boatmen to win the Canadian professional football championship at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan.  Let's go Double Blue!

- Joanne