Canadian history

Johnny Bower, 1924–2017

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The Grey Cup and Other Things

Exhibition Stadium in 1959 [CNE Archives, Public Domain]

In the wake of yesterday’s Grey Cup, a few things came to my mind:

  • gridiron football in the snow is amazing
  • all future Grey Cups should be played in the snow
  • the last two times the Grey Cup has been played in the snow were both won by the Toronto Argonauts
  • the Maritimes deserve a CFL team or two
  • the CFL is the last North American major league that has resisted merging with its US counterpart
  • Canadian interest in NFL has steadily increased over the years while American interest in the NFL has declined
  • CTE remains is a huge issue that must be resolved
  • the CFL should see a viewership increase after this game, but
  • the CFL has seen its audience shrunk tremendously over the past few decades
  • the Argos used to have bigger digs than BMO Field

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1972 Summit Series Souvenir


A little something that I found while researching the 1972 Summit Series back in December 2016, a complaint letter from the Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau about the exclusion of Bobby Hull, who then played in the WHA.

Source: National Archives of Canada/ Hockey Canada Fonds/ MG28-I263/ e001217383

Raymond J. de Souza (2014.12.11)

The grace of ‘Le Gros Bill’

Richard expressed the passionate assertion of a proud French Canadian, brilliant and raw.

Béliveau was the cultured gentleman, undoubtedly Quebecois, but open to a world of literature and opera, not only a man of Catholic devotion but also a man of truly catholic interests. It would be too much to argue that Richard embodied the path Quebec took, while Béliveau was the model of what Quebec aspired to be, but there is more than a little to that.

—Raymond J. de Souza, National Post (2014.12.11)