2010Nov 30

SPAD & the Grey Cup: The Tradition Continues

Photo from CFL.ca

By Lukas Hayes, SPAD Blogger

This past Sunday, November 28th, 2010, the Montreal Alouettes took on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 98th Grey Cup. The event took place at my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta from the confines of Commonwealth Stadium. This battle promised to be great as it was a rematch from the famous “13th man” loss suffered by the Roughriders the year before.

SPAD students once again put on the event and truly made the game an exciting spectacle. Although the CFL does not always get the credibility it deserves when being compared to the NFL, any championship game brings a certain level of excitement that can be appreciated by all. The SPAD student event staff put on many fun-filled activities during commercial breaks, and gave away many prizes as usual for any SPAD event. SPAD frosh student Scott Rodgers managed to secure VIP seating for himself and 3 friends by showing off his best touchdown dance. In the second half, it was another group of SPAD frosh that got the seats by winning a CFL game of Family Feud. Many DVD’s and other prizes were given out for various trivia games throughout the game. In addition to the activities, each attendee was given raffle tickets to put into prize boxes. One lucky person even secured tickets to the Ottawa Senators vs. the New York Islanders game.

The halftime show featured rockers Bachman & Turner, who put on a great show. Commonwealth Stadium packed in 63,000 people and had a 50/50 draw of over $127,000. The game was tied at 11-11 after 3 quarters for the first time since 1972 and the fourth promised to be a true sport spectacle. Hall of fame quarterback Anthony Calvillo used his experience and composure, as well as the hands of all-star wide receiver and Grey Cup MVP Jamel Richardson to manufacture the game winning drive. The Alouettes held on with a key last minute interception to lock up the title with a 21-18 victory.

The event was truly awesome and as an Alouettes fan, I was personally ecstatic about the result (and the gloating that followed to my father, a die-hard Riders fan). In related sporting news, it was learned that QB Anthony Calvillo will undergo surgery to remove a tumor on this thyroid. Hopefully he has a safe and speedy recovery. Another outstanding job by SPAD to put on an event that allowed both SPAD and other Laurentian students to feel a true sense of unity in witnessing a Canadian tradition.

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