This coming Sunday, November 26, marks a very exciting day in Canadian sporting history – the 100th Grey Cup Game! While we Canadians have often been criticized for our fickle ways when it comes to supporting our local sports teams through thick and thin, this weekend is sure to bring both sides of the continent together in patriotic unity – complete with chili, touques, and beer – when the Calgary Stampeders take on the host Toronto Argonauts; the third meeting between the two teams for the Grey Cup championship, and the first since the 79th Grey Cup in 1991.
In addition to what most are expecting to be an action-packed game, the half-time show boasts an impressive line of up Canadian musical talent, both young and not so young. The “all-Canadian, all-star lineup” features pop artists Justin Beiber and Carly Rae Jepsen, along with rock band Marianas Trench and balladeer Gordon Lightfoot. Now, I’m not sure about you, but I’m wondering if Mr. Beiber will be sporting the same “MC Hammer-Style” harem pants he wore to the American Music Awards last Sunday – seriously, is that what the kids are wearing these days? I suppose they are no better than acid wash jeans with pinch rolls and Modetta sweat**bleep**s, but I digress.
Outside of donning your team’s jersey, there are a few other ways you can prep for and celebrate this clash of the coasts in style.
Hone your skills and freshen up with the rules of play with EA’s NCAA Football 13 for PlayStation. While the rules in American football are tad different than Canadian ball, you’ll still be able to practice yelling at the screen prior to this Sunday’s matchup.
Grey Cup Sunday is typically about football, friends, and food. What better way to make a statement at your Game Day party than by bringing your food in a football shaped pan. You can bake a cake, brownies, or even slap in your home made spinach dip in this Wilton First and Ten Football Pan. It’s a football. It’s a pan. Need I say more?
Record your day with a GoPro HD Hero3 High-Definition Sports & Helmet Cam. I’m serious … how awesome would that be? The streets will be alive with all sorts of costumes and dress-up, so wearing a camera on your head won’t look abnormal! And then you can re-live Grey Cup day for years to come. Or delete the footage directly after the game if need be!
If sporting a camera on your head isn’t quite your style, no problem. But if you are at a Grey Cup party, taking in the street festivities in your city, or perhaps you’re even at the game, be sure to take a camera with you. Unless you are a professional photographer, big, clunky (yet oh-so-fabulous) SLR’s are a little much on game days. Instead, throw a small digital point and shoot camera in your pocket or purse so you can snap away the highlights of the day. The Sony Cyber-shot W690 16.1MP is a great option. It’s small and compact, features a 16.1MP image sensor, 10X optical zoom, and a 720p camera that shoots 1280x720 high definition movies at 30fps.
And lastly, don't forget to show support for your team by donning your team gear.
This weekend is sure to be a blast for sports-lovers and non-sports-lovers alike. So no matter what your plans, just enjoy the best of CFL in this historic Grey Cup year!