dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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dreadedcandiru2

MY Americans can beat YOUR Americans: the Grey Cup.

As you probably know, we in Canada have our own pro football league with its own slightly different rules. We have a longer, wider field, we only have three downs before we have to turn over the ball and we have twelve players on the field. We also start the season earlier and have the Grey Cup championship game the Sunday after your Thanksgiving which means that we spend December and January watching the NFL playoffs take like forever because of the larger number of teams on the roster.

The reason that I mention this is that it seems to me that Grey Cup weekend seems pretty much the closest equivalent culturally to Turkey Day down South. Granted, we don't have the day off Thursday (but still manage to go crazy murdering one another for home electronics and toys on Black Friday) but it is when they hold Santa Claus Parades and other festivities and it is when they light municipal Christmas trees so watching teams made up mostly of people waiting to get into the NFL clobber one another is kind of our sitting at a table rehashing old arguments that should have died twenty years ago.
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