By Stephen Brunt
This state and its everyone is made from an identical hardy stuff that makes our online game and our league. the gray Cup has helped unite our kingdom for a hundred years now. And it has published us, equipped our delight and our experience of Canadianness in annual tributes to attempt, sweat and toil. yet what does a hundred years of historical past and cultural relevance upload as much as? after we Canadians examine the gray Cup, we see way over a sparkling soccer trophy; we see a mirrored image of ourselves. After its first years as an beginner problem cup, the gray Cup may pass directly to be offered to the easiest soccer group in Canada, with Western challengers touring again east to fall by the hands of the extra proven Toronto groups. that's, until eventually a bunch of annoyed Winnipeggers paid an important sum in the course of the melancholy to shop for up megastar gamers and convey the cup west for the 1st time. Following this, the video games turned concerning the satisfaction of the rustic, East as opposed to West, the nationwide id fought over the gridiron, all chronicled dutifully via bestselling writer Stephen Brunt.
From the beginning of the fashionable CFL in 1958, throughout the dynastic Edmonton Eskimos and into the nineties, tried united states growth, franchise re-birth in Montreal, 100 gray Cups has all of it: behind-the-scene anecdotes, never-before-seen pictures, and extraordinary entry to the CFL data. it's a must-have for all lovers of this nationwide culture
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But it do be life. There's always the birth and the death and the bridal mixed up togither. " Pat was almost asleep. The down-trodden black cats were beginning to trot around the rug under her very eyes. "Wake up, me jewel, and go to bed properly. Listen at that wind. " Pat looked up, yawning and comforted. After all, life at dear Silver Bush was going on. The world hadn't come to an end just because Aunt Hazel was gone. " "Oh, oh, that do be a tarrible story for bed-time. " "I like having my hair stand on end.
Father never said much . . but Pat knew somehow that he wanted very badly to name the baby Rachel. In her secret heart Pat had hoped that father's seed would be first. She looked around her. No living creature in sight except Gentleman Tom, sitting darkly on the cheese stone. The next moment her seed was yanked out and flung into the burdock patch behind the hen-house. Dad had a chance yet. But luck seemed against poor dad. Next morning Win's and mother's seeds were up. Pat ruthlessly uprooted them, too.
But Silver Bush held her in its heart. To lie in this dear house, sheltered from the storm, with Thursday purring under her hand . . apples to be picked to-morrow . . oh, life to beckon once more. Pat fell asleep comforted.
100 Grey Cups: This Is Our Game by Stephen Brunt