It’s November–time to partake in a long-standing Canadian rite of passage: ugly professional football.
The Canadian Football League conference semifinals take place Sunday–the first hurdle for any team looking to win the 2019 Grey Cup in two weeks time.
The thing about November Football in Canada is that it tends to be about way more than wins and losses, unless, of course, your team is involved.
Most Canadians, I would wager, can tell you about November Football games they remember, even when their team was not involved.
Most will likely not remember the score, but they’ll very likely remember the setting.
November Football, you see, is about coming to grips with the reality that Old Man Winter is not about to turn tail and head off in another direction,
It’s about realizing those mean, bleak conditions you see on the tube or witness live are going to be with us for another five months or so.
November Football is, in fact, a not-so-sneaky preview of what’s about to happen.
True, the mud-caked uniforms and grime-stained faces of the players that we used to carry in our memories are no longer a part of the spectacle, thanks to the invention of artificial turf.
Rites of passage are allowed to evolve.
I spoke with him at his home in Calgary on Friday.Listen