Monday, October 15, 2012
My First Football Game
My first time going to a football game was quite the adventure. It started with me arriving downtown at the MTS Centre to make a transfer to Polo Park. At first I thought I would be taking the 11 Polo Park, or perhaps the 24 Ness Express, or maybe the good ol' 21 Portage Express. Oh my naiveté.
Almost as soon as I stepped off my first bus, a "Stadium Shuttle" arrived at the stop. Suddenly the small group of people around me who were also waiting began to cheer, and I knew that that bus was meant for me.
The shuttle quickly arrived at the stadium and I began to walk around, looking for something I could turn into a story. Unfortunately I was over an hour early, so there wasn't anyone to talk to besides tailgaters. But then an hour later I was standing in the crowd singing Oh Canada and thanking the Lord for making the weather so beautiful.
And then I sat down.
They were spot on.
Overall it was a fun game to watch even though the Bombers lost. It was interesting hearing the reactions of the crowd, watching the cannon blow every time the home team scored a touchdown, and seeing the many colourful faces of the fans that sat around me.
But unfortunately I don't feel like I totally understand how the game works and still have a few questions. Like, why isn't the ball round? And how come only some people get to kick it? And I thought only goalies were supposed to wear masks. And why does everyone hate the guys wearing the white and black striped shirts?