I was at the Rider game last night with 30,000 other screaming football fans when the team clinched first place in the West for the first time since 1976, It was an historic evening and the accomplishment was not lost on the crowd. Pandaemonium ensued as the minutes ticked down and it became apparent that we had the game in hand. I just stood there in the stands, taking it all in. Fireworks went off, the crowd was cheering, and we all collectively felt something special going on. It was almost unbelievable.
The event transcended football methinks. Regina, Saskatchewan has been shit on for as long as I can remember. We suffered for decades as a have-not province. We withstood the insults, we watched our people leave for better opportunities, we watched the Riders miss the playoffs and become the joke of the CFL for years.
But not anymore. Our economy is the envy of North America. People are moving here because we offer a great life. The city is expanding with ambitious projects, and we’re even getting a new domed stadium. And now, finally, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have established themselves as an elite team. We are number one! One more win, and we’re in the Grey Cup. One more win after that, and we’re champs!
It’s a really good time to be from Regina, Saskatchewan.