Monday, 19 November 2012
100th Grey Cup Championship
The 100th Grey Cup Championship of the Canadian Football League will be held this Sunday in Toronto. The Grey Cup is second only to hockey's Stanley Cup as the most coveted professional sporting award in Canada.
The original silver cup was donated by the British peer Earl Grey who was Governor-General of Canada from 1904-1911.
Purchased in 1909 for the then-princely sum of $48, the Cup was meant to be the championship trophy of Canada's amateur rugby football league. And that's what is still engraved on it. Since 1912, however, the Grey Cup has served as the championship trophy for the professional Canadian Football League.
In the past 100 years, the Grey Cup has had its fair share of scrapes. It narrowly survived a major fire, was once stolen and held for ransom, and has also been broken four times (three of those breakages by Edmonton Eskimos . . . oops!)
To celebrate this year's 100th Grey Cup game, the Cup has just completed a cross-Canada tour by train. And yes, I went and saw the Cup when the tour came to Edmonton. Tomorrow -- photos of my pilgrimage!