Sunday, October 21, 2007

Green is the colour

I went to a football game today. Not only a football game, but a Rider game.

The last time I went to a football game, I was forced to attend by two friends. I didn't want to go, I told them I didn't want to go and I said that if I had to go, I was bringing a book. They didn't believe me. I showed them. I brought Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry and read most of it during the most boring 3 hours of my life. The book was fantastic. The drunken idiots screaming around me were not. My friends were furious at me and even to this day (almost 10 years later) will not speak to me about it. They just get quiet and surly.

In Saskatchewan, not cheering for the Riders is a crime. Seriously, it's in the charter. Well, not really, but it might as well be. Everyone and their dog shows up to cheer for them. Winning or losing. And believe me when I say, it's usually losing. But we're nothing if not loyal. Oh, and you think I'm kidding about the dog? I'm not. On the way back to the car, a dog with a Roughrider's jersey was sitting on some one's porch. Apparently, the dog is trained to growl at anyone in a non-Sask jersey. Yikes.

So, you will ask why I was at the game? Well, The Guy is an avid fan. Correction, a rabid fan. Everything he owns is green and has a logo. He threatened to buy me a jersey for my birthday. I am sure he bleeds green. Or, I've been told that's what Rider fans do. So, when he asked me if I wanted to go how could I say no? Especially when I said no to going to the Ozzy concert? I couldn't. And, I thought I should be supportive for this thing he enjoys.

So, I went. It was about 8 degrees (45 F) and we were on the sunny side. The wind was a little sharp, but not too bad if the sun was out. Which is was for lots of the game. Which is why my face and lips are burnt. Oh, that's from the wind too. And then it hailed. Yes, it hailed. HAILED. While it was still sunny. Uh huh.

I had a surprisingly good time. Although, the first few minutes I was there, I spilled ketchup down the front of The Guy's jersey he lent me to wear. Oops. Well, you can't take me in public, I do things like that. The game was really interesting and I learned a lot. I can't say I would make it a regular occurrence (mostly b/c I don't want to be one of those people. I mock those people.) but I did agree to go some other time as well.

The Guy's highlight of the whole time was the Rider's first touchdown. After the touch down, they kick a field goal and set off fireworks. Which no one told me about. So, I jumped a foot in the air and screeched. The row behind me burst out laughing and continued to do so as I jumped every time the fireworks went off.

I am threatening to make The Guy take me to a Dolly Parton concert. Or, to watch a marathon of So You Think You Can Dance.

Photographic proof I was there. (Gah. I look like my Mom)


  1. The Guy looks EXACTLY (as in E-X-A-C-T-L-Y) like my cousin and that's really freaking me out.

    I wanted to comment more but I can't stop being kind of freaked out. I'm going to have to tell him that his twin lives in SK. :)

  2. You guys look so cute!

  3. I knew it! I knew the day would come when it would be revealed that we are not the same person. Sadly, that day is today.
    I was also at the game yesterday but not because I was forced to go . I LOVE the Riders. I love them with all my green blood pumping heart. I am more than likely one of those people you mock. I paint my face and wear the colours. My cell phone ring tone is "Green is the colour". I froze my butt off yesterday but it was awesome! Sorry. We can still have lunch though right?

  4. Violet: That is hilarious. Dopplegangers totally freak me out!

    Julia: Thanks. We're pretty cute.

    NotQuiteAwake: I have a sneaking, painful, horrible feeling that I someday in the not too distant future will also be the same. I weep. However, I'm totally okay to still be friends with you.

  5. Bronwyn, you are fantastic. I've missed reading your blog. :)

  6. Would you believe that I watched that game on TV? We've both come a long, long way.

    Also: does this mean that he's going to be watching the rest of the season of Top Model?

  7. No, no Top Model. I think he should have to, but he's dead set against it. Give me some more time and maybe.

  8. Ari! I've missed you too.

  9. ooh..he's revealed and as cute as I expected. I actually had fun when Jeffery drageed me to my first Rider game as well. Rest assured...we are drawn to the ENERGY in the stadium not the game itself. It totally helps having great company guys are cute!

  10. I agree, he is cute..I'm still fond of him for the 'yes they have mini donuts' comment!

  11. I don't get quiet and surly! Or maybe I do - it was the Labour Day Classic and you READ A BOOK!!! And I thoroughly enjoyed the loud obnoxious drunk guys, they also mocked the book. I'm still happy you came though - if only for the story that's lastest 10 years!


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