As a long time lurker I feel it is time to introduce myself. The Vanier Cup last year, in my humble opinion was simply a tremendous football game, solidified my opinion that football in Canada has finally come of age.

I was born and raised in Ontario (a UWO grad, yes I know..."THEM"...but my grandfather, uncle, aunt, mother, and two of my brothers are all Western grads so what choice did I have right?...actually I did also attend the University of Windsor and supported their football program)

My dad took me to U of T games and later in life I moved to the west coast and discovered the SFU Clan and UBC Thunderbirds. Let me tell you this: the west coast is simply stunning and spectacular...the support in the stands not so much. Between the pouring rain and the unknown opponents ( The Puget Sound Loggers???) the crowds were sparse but the passion for football was not. One of my strongest memories is of a Shrum Bowl @ Swangard.

I am probably rambling but in short: Football is the greatest team game I know, and in Canada it deserves more support. I'll offer my opinion from time to time and in between I'll be a keen observer (and enjoy the comments and observations of the rest of you).

Thanks for providing this forum.