Wednesday, December 1, 2010

At the eye of a Saskatchewan shit storm

This past Monday on Bird's Eye View on CTV Montreal, I did a commentary on Rider Nation getting its comeuppance at the Grey Cup. Well, did the shit hit the grain hopper in Canada's breadbasket. Here's what I had to say:

As one of the seven deadly sins, pride is something conventional spiritual wisdom tells us is best avoided, lest it manifest itself as hubris. Apparently, Rider Nation forgot to consult with its spiritual advisors before the Grey Cup.
Rider Pride was the overwhelming theme in the week leading up to last night's game, and the casual observer might have had a difficult time identifying the other team involved, even though the other team was the defending champions. The Alouettes and their entourage were a Grey Cup week afterthought, overshadowed by Saskatchewan's travelling football circus, which the CFL and its media partners gladly exploited to the promotional maximum. Rider Nation milked the attention for everything it was worth, and then some.
It's the "then some" that sometimes makes Rider Pride objectionable. A year ago, their team lost the Grey Cup because they couldn't count to 12, yet Rider Nation descended on Edmonton awash in expectation that bordered on a sense of entitlement. In a situation that called for at least a shred of humility, they chose unrestrained swagger, and poked karma with a sharp stick. Karma responded accordingly.
Of course, it wasn't just karma that was Saskatchewan's undoing. The Alouettes facilitated the process with some terrific halftime adjustments on both sides of the ball. Either way, for the second straight year, ill-advised Rider Pride just gave way to another deadly sin: Rider Envy.

CTV's website was carpet bombed by Saskatchewan fans who'd caught wind of my commentary online. I was also thorougly trashed on a site called and on a morning radio talk show simulcast in Regina and Saskatoon. Interestingly, three callers in a 10 minute segment said my commentary was spot on, and those are people in Saskatchewan. The host didn't exactly enhance his credibility by mocking my voice after replaying my CTV segment. It was childish and unprofessional, but I'm the idiot, apparently.

Footnote: I have an audition today for a television commercial - I'll be playing a Saskatchewan farmer. That, my friends, is irony.


  1. Well, they say (in Russia), "there is no prophet in his own time" but this is ridiculous. And it`s made all the more ridiculous by the fact that the argument clearly has merit regardless of whether one agrees with it (which I do). Looks like the pride has blinded some Saskatchewan fans so badly they haven`t noticed among all the hoopla that they lost. Well, could be worse I suppose... they could be Italians... ;-)

  2. I wouldn't worry about it too much, Ted. Wheat-Boy can mock whatever voice he wants to. He lost; we won. And obviously he can't take it.

    More disturbing is how their posts take on an anti-Quebec tone. If this is all that it take to get the prejudices flowing, is it any wonder this country is in trouble?

    I love Saskatchewan, but it seems that a lot of its residents are pigs.

  3. I spent the last 12 years in Calgary, a virtual suburb of Saskatchewan. Rider Pride idiots are there in full force at any event, football or otherwise. It's because there is nothing else at all going on in Saskatchewan. The local media treat it as charming for the most part, but these dorks are just braying, drunk halfwits without any real sense of humour, and they're annoying as hell.

  4. Honestly, I think we should give these fans a bit of a break and allow them to have their Rider Nation.

    I mean, they do have to live in Saskatchewan after all. Give the kids *something*.

  5. can't believe the amount of "distinct society" jokes this gormley guy makes! appalling.

  6. Apparently "Rider Nation" doesn't like hearing the truth...too bad! I just came back from the Grey Cup parade, nobody in Saskatchewan can say the same.

  7. Ill advised Rider Pride? Rider Pride doesn't just come out for one game and doesn't disappear if we lose. It is alive 365 days a year. Our fan base is the envy (Allouette Envy too perhaps) of the league. Yes like in any large group of people it is always the actions of a few yahoos that spoil the reputation of the whole. But as I seem to recall, the last time the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup (remember way back when?), I believe there were some in Montreal who used it as an excuse to riot. So lets not resort to name calling. The Allouettes won. Good for them. They are overall a classy bunch. Now lets all try and be the same.

  8. Any comments on comparisons between Rider fan support and fanatical followers of the Habs? At least Rider fans don't riot and burn police cars. And if anyone has a sense of "entitlement", we all know who that is, don't we?

  9. If you lived here, you'd know I've been a consistently outspoken critic of the new generation of Montreal Canadiens "fans," so spare me the "I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I" playground retorts, because that dog don't hunt.