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Grey Cup lost, not won

Saskatchewan blindsides its fans with an arithmetic blunder


How deeply has last night’s Grey Cup loss wounded Saskatchewan football fans? “In nearly 100 years of existence, the Riders have celebrated four Grey Cups,” writes Regina Leader-Post columnist Rob Vanstone, “but have won only three.” It’s a brilliant line that does more than merely reference the Roughriders players spilling onto the field last night, thinking they had won after the Montreal Alouettes missed a last-second field goal; alas, the Green Riders had lined up for the play with 13 men on the field rather than the required 12, and Als kicker Damon Duval made no mistake on the do-over from 10 yards closer in. Final score: Als 28, Riders 27. No, Vanstone’s line captures the longing of an entire football-mad province, which is perversely afflicted with a team that finds ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. For an added layer of irony, he reminds of the ‘Rider fans’ oft-invoked “13th man.” They mean the hometown crowd, of course—that metaphorical fellow who helps the team to victory. The actual 13th man was a most unwelcome presence.

Regina Leader-Post


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  1. Okay, I'll pitch a story for anyone at Macleans who wants to stoop to write about Canadian sports: Concept: "Last second loss for the Riders: Best thing that could have happened to the team and the CFL?"

    Outline: – If they had won, they risked becoming a smug dynasty, having won twice in the last three years, with the healthiest franchise in the league.

    -The Rider identity is associated with being an underdog, a myth that a victory would have destroyed.

    -The Rider Nation/watermelon head thing has clearly jumped the shark, and risks overwhelming the efforts of other teams. There is a risk that the Roughriders are becoming the CFL, and that can't be good

    Any takers?

    • I'm curious how many other teams are supported by crazy Rider fans showing up at away games. I've been to Rider games in Calgary & Ottawa, and I'm pretty sure we melonheads outnumbered the local fans.

      On the plus side, I had lots of elbow room my usually sardine-crammed bus in Regina Monday morning. Also, watching grown men cry is always amusing.

  2. I dunno about watermelons, MFB, but I'll you this: you won't hear any more from Rider fans about the 13th man.

  3. hey ysp ottawa when did u go to a game in ottawa , stop smokin crack
    they left the cfl in 2006 …..