100 Grey Cups: This Is Our Game by Stephen Brunt

By Stephen Brunt

This nation and its individuals are made up of a similar hardy stuff that makes our online game and our league. the gray Cup has helped unite our nation for a hundred years now. And it has published us, outfitted our satisfaction and our feel of Canadianness in annual tributes to attempt, sweat and toil. yet what does a hundred years of background and cultural relevance upload as much as? once we Canadians examine the gray Cup, we see excess of a sparkling soccer trophy; we see a mirrored image of ourselves. After its first years as an novice problem cup, the gray Cup may move directly to be presented to the easiest soccer staff in Canada, with Western challengers touring again east to fall by the hands of the extra demonstrated Toronto groups. that's, until eventually a bunch of annoyed Winnipeggers paid a tremendous sum throughout the melancholy to shop for up megastar gamers and convey the cup west for the 1st time. Following this, the video games grew to become in regards to the delight of the rustic, East as opposed to West, the nationwide identification fought over the gridiron, all chronicled dutifully by means of bestselling writer Stephen Brunt. 

From the start of the fashionable CFL in 1958, in the course of 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 photos, and unparalleled entry to the CFL information. it's a must-have for all lovers of this nationwide culture

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In Hopkinson he saw a lean, swarthy, six-foot two-inch man of thirty-four with, as Rahim described him, a half-eastern, half-western air. )3 Reid was also a tall man, three or four years older than Hopkinson, pallid in complexion, with a full moustache waxed at the ends, and now, as he stood on the deck, very tight and unbending in his manner. Gurdit Singh had already spoken to the press who had come alongside in launches at William's Head. 'We are British citizens and we consider we have a right to visit any part of the Empire', he said.

At the end of the week, they held a great meeting in a hired hall, drawing 500 or 600 Indians and about 20 whites—a couple of reporters and Hopkinson and his stenographer among them. Rahim was in the chair and Balwant Singh, speaking in Panjabi, gave the principal address. Even with Hopkinson there, he was pretty daring. A man who had used some striking similes in Lahore was not going to be too careful in Vancouver. He spoke of a changing mood in India, a return to the spirit of 1857, a new unity against the English, and the inevitability of revolution if Indians did not get home rule within the next few years.

The Canadian government were sorry they had not been able to reply earlier; entry would be prohibited. In Ottawa, high officials were running for cover. The cables from Hong Kong had passed from the Governor-General's office, to External Affairs to the Department of the Interior, to be referred to the Immigration Branch, with no one sensing that this was something that had to be attended to immediately. It was not until Monday, 6 April, when it was already too late, that anyone picked up a phone to get action.

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