So much for my predicted win by the Riders. The autumn months are never calm in Saskatchewan. Back to work, back to school and football starts to mean something. Autumn is a very traditional time here, a time of strong rituals and the celebrating of odd holidays like Halloween, the Harvest Moon and Satanism, which can have ominous implications for some people.
Autumn is always a time of hoarding for the coming winter. Politicians are active on old people and fleece the public, hoping you feel helpless enough to put them in office. There is always a rash of kidnapping, abductions and drinking and driving in the football months. Most of these things are wrong and ugly, but at least they are traditional.
The mouth-breathing assholes who threw beer at the B.C. Lions being case-in-point. A tradition of bad behaviour by Roughrider fans. It's sure to happen when fans have a hole in their soul and a misplaced sense of self-worth that only a football team can fill. It's a tradition sure to happen in the fall, as sure as your driveway will ice over, your furnace will blow up, and you will be rammed in traffic by an uninsured driver in a stolen car. But what the hell? That's why you have insurance, eh?
On a night when the province was honouring Ron Lancaster, a man with class, the fans behaved like hyenas. Since we are now considered a 'have' province, I hope these delusions of persecution die. And I hope we start defining ourselves a province who has something more to culturally 'hang our hats on' than football. Don't get me wrong. I love the Rider games, but having it define it's people is getting old.
It was a weird game full of bad play and dumb decisions. I'll blame it on the Harvest Moon.