Cup parties fading to GREY
ON Tuesday, Brad Oswald asked Free Press readers if the rec room Grey Cup party, complete with football-crazed friends and relatives, snacks and boozy refreshments, is still thing in 2015 or a relic from baby boomers’ pasts.
Here’s a sampling of responses we received from newspaper and website readers:
FOR people still working, the 5 p.m. starts are a killer. The best Grey Cup parties I ever attended were the ones either on Saturday or the ones played in the East that started at noon. Brunch in the morning, game at noon complete with appetizers and “soda pops” and home by 5 p.m. Perfect!
The alarm is still going to ring at 4:30 a.m. Take me back in time, please! I READ the Down(stairs), Set, Party, article in this morning paper and grinned.
This brought back memories of our home in Brandon in the late ’70searly ’80s, when my husband and I hosted many a Grey Cup party in our rec room for 30 or so friends of like age.
Yes, I remember the room fondly; red and black foambacked carpet, wood-burning fireplace with a Z-Brick front and a commanding size bar. Friends came early with their cases of beer and Cold Duck and all were ready to party! There was a job jar — someone in charge of setting up the pool, replenishing the snacks, assembling the cheese and kubasa tray, emptying the ashtrays, to name a few tasks. When all was said and done, fun was had by all and for sure there we’re a few hangovers the following day!
I guess there is a time to every season. Now in our mid-60s, my husband and I will watch the game on our own and maybe I’ll do some wings and have chips and dip.
Thanks for the memories! I GREW up watching my parents host or attend large Grey Cup parties into the late ’70s with all their friends and neighbours. I kind of lost interest in the CFL until my own children discovered the Bombers and we ended up as season-ticket holders in 2005. Now we are the parents hosting the Grey Cup bash every year for friends and family and having a great time doing it! GREY Cup is still a thing — its just in hibernation in Winnipeg until the Bombers come back. When they do it will be old-fashioned Cup parties again! OF course it’s still “a thing.”
As Kiefer Sutherland says in Our League:
“For one week in November, it’s the nation’s glue.” And it is. THERE’S one other reason you didn’t mention for house parties and the Great Canadian Drunk dying off. In times gone by everyone would go to house parties, get loaded and have a great time, and then hop in their cars without a thought and drive home.
Thankfully, we now realize the deadly consequences that go with that behaviour and it’s no longer socially acceptable to do so. AS season-ticket holders, this year we will be in the stands watching the big game, so our friends and family who aren’t at Investors Group Field with us will need to fend for themselves, but normally we are proud to host the annual Grey Cup party for upwards of 20 close friends and family every year. We’ve been getting together for a couple of decades now, feasting on chili, wings and various snacks done up potluck-style.
We’ve gotten used to having to find an alternate “home team” to root for (sadly), but as much as we love football, it’s really all about family, friends and food anyway, isn’t it? Maybe next year, Bombers! I’VE been to Grey Cup parties in recent years, but I no longer go because there are invariably people not that into the game there who like to yak during game play.
When the Grey Cup is on, there are only two things I want to do:
1. Focus on the game with unblinking, laser-like intensity with the sole exception of accommodating item No. 2. 2. Consume beer and nachos. Anything else is an intrusion and therefore unwelcome. I WILL be watching the game in the family room with my wife. Most of my friends have given up on the game. If the Bombers had had a decent first half of the season I would be sitting in the stands even though the Bombers aren’t in it as I would not want to take a chance of missing out seeing the Bombers. The glory days of the Grey Cup with things like the Grey Cup special train have long passed. I party less but still long for one more chance to see the Bombers win a cup. THE Grey Cup should be moved to Saturday night instead of competing with the NFL. I think you could see the return of the Grey Cup party if you did that. I know personally I will be watching the NFL until the 3 p.m. games are over and then I will turn on the CFL. I have not watched any of the CFL playoff games because they went head to head with the NFL. THE Grey Cup’s move to Sunday night was about the stupidest move possible. Why buck the NFL marquee Sunday night game? Why not let the fans have some fun on Saturday afternoon, instead of thinking about work on Monday morning? Why not consider the comfort of the fans in the stands and the players?… It’s time the CFL gave some priority to the fans instead of letting TV people call all the shots.
The TV broadcast might be more enjoyable if they didn’t play the same six to eight commercials in rotation for the entire game. I am not expecting Super Bowl-type ads, but how many times should one person have to see the same commercial in a three- to four-hour period? I HAVE not been to a Grey Cup party since around 1970, but I think I know why.
I arrived at the function and had to ask who was playing. I then had to borrow money to buy a pool ticket. I won the pool.
While Grey Cup party has not been on my agenda for decades, I will watch the game, or at least channel surf during commercials elsewhere, out of civic duty.