But it’s ours and we’re proud! Right, Jeffery! Playing today is the Saskatchewan Roughriders (my home team) and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Go Riders! And on top of this, the Grey Cup is taking place at the home of the Riders–Saskatchewan!
Saskatchewan. This is a province that for so long was a “have not” province. A place that people left. A place that people mocked. Being from Saskatchewan for a long time not something people were proud of. But all this has changed in recent years. We are a “have” province. We are booming. People are coming home. New people are immigrating here. It’s a great place to be and it’s reflected in the pride people now feel about this little prairie province.
We are also proud of our team! Nothing brings together Saskatchewanians from different walks of life at home and a far like the Roughriders. It really doesn’t matter what your deal is. All those pesky little differences like that keep us apart like religion, politics, race, social economic class, education, etc. are irrelevant when it comes to the Riders. Rider fans unite as one!
We are Rider Nation.
While I will never wear a Rider jersey to work on casual dress day or go to a game or make the effort to carve a watermelon into a helmet shape, put it on my head and go out in public, I can certainly get on board when my home team going to win the Grey Cup and unite us as the winners–the Saskawinners–we know we are!
Griffin says, “Let’s go Riders! Let’s go!”