Posted by: Chelsea Novak | October 1, 2006

A big game

My small town roots enable me to be perpetually entertained by big city sporting events, so when M asked me to join him at an Argos game this week, I was ready to be amused. I watched a lot of football in highschool and watched a lot of on television with my father so I have a very good understanding of the game. Such a great understanding that I couldn’t remember if Canadian football had four or five downs (turns out it’s four). To be fair I think I’ve watched two full football games since I moved out of my parents house, but really, I should have known that one.

Football is a big game. Big teams, big players, big crowds, big opportunities to write something inappropriate that I won’t take. I can only imagine what the spectacle of an American NFL game must be like. Even still I was impressed at the Canadian offering.

One thing that impressed me was how much the players interacted with the crowd. With most of the major sports I’ve seen played, the players, while fueled by the energy of the crowd, rarely acknowledged its existsence (note: this may be a symptom of watching most of these sports in Toronto where the crowd will turn on its team as quickly as I’ll ****). At the Argos game the players were not only playing to the crowd but actually prompting the crowd directly to cheer them on.

Seeing another sporting event also provided me with an opportunity to find intentional connections between the action on the field and the music played during the action. An example from last night, a player from Calgary drops a pass and the song played during the break is Snoop Dogg’s “Drop it like it’s hot.” I do this at every game and like the big sporting events it never ceases to amuse me.

Today I have a cold, so I’m experiencing a Chelsea-in-the-sky-with-diamonds kind of day from my beloved cold medication, so that’s all I can type for today because my head is all spinny.



  1. I’m glad you’re finally appreciating the beauty of football, Chel.

    With regards to the teams prompting the crowd to cheer louder, there is actually a strategic reason for this as it makes it hard for the opposing team to communicate the play, audible if the defense changes, or hear the snap count (causing false start penalties) especially on big third-down conversions. Plus it’s just neat to have people cheering for you.

    In especially loud stadiums (such as Qwest Field) it’s a big advantage and is sometimes called the Twelth Man, but I guess it would be the 13th man in Canada 😉

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