Kyle Buckley is the author of The Laundromat Essay. His sports writing has appeared regularly at the Toronto Standard, and he contributes to the books section of the National Post.
What’s more Canadian than the CFL? It’s a question that sounds like it should be followed up with a punchline, maybe something about beer and maple syrup. Maybe it would lead to a complicated joke about the Governor General. Or maybe we would fall back on the most obvious answer and just say hockey.
Stephen Brunt has certainly considered the matter. One of Canada’s best regarded sports writers, Brunt is a commentator at Sportsnet and most recently the author of 100 Grey Cups: This is Our Game—its publication coinciding with this Sunday’s 100th Grey Cup game. Brunt doesn’t try to sum up what role the Canadian Football League plays in our national identity, but by celebrating the Cup’s history and reassessing the above question for a wider and more meaningful scope he makes one thing clear—Canada simply can’t be separated out from the Grey Cup.
Pictured above is Chinese Olympian Liu Xiang at the London 2012 Olympics. In moments he will get up from where he has fallen. Despite the considerable pain of a torn Achilles…