By Stephen Brunt
This nation and its everyone is made up of an identical hardy stuff that makes our video game and our league. the gray Cup has helped unite our state for a hundred years now. And it has printed us, outfitted our satisfaction and our experience of Canadianness in annual tributes to attempt, sweat and toil. yet what does a hundred years of historical past and cultural relevance upload as much as? after we Canadians examine the gray Cup, we see excess of a glowing soccer trophy; we see a mirrored image of ourselves. After its first years as an beginner problem cup, the gray Cup may cross directly to be provided to the simplest soccer workforce in Canada, with Western challengers touring again east to fall by the hands of the extra verified Toronto groups. that's, till a gaggle of annoyed Winnipeggers paid a huge sum in the course of the melancholy to shop for up famous person gamers and convey the cup west for the 1st time. Following this, the video games grew to become concerning the satisfaction of the rustic, East as opposed to West, the nationwide id fought over the gridiron, all chronicled dutifully by means of bestselling writer Stephen Brunt.
From the beginning of the fashionable CFL in 1958, during the dynastic Edmonton Eskimos and into the nineties, tried united states growth, franchise re-birth in Montreal, 100 gray Cups has all of it: behind-the-scene anecdotes, never-before-seen photos, and exceptional entry to the CFL data. it's a must-have for all enthusiasts of this nationwide culture
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Like McMicking's, these accounts describe expeditions into little known territory and share the basic plot of the classic tale of action. They are full of fascinating details and curious anecdotes and possess according to the varying abilities of their authors more or less drama, poetry, and psychological interest. Those who have enjoyed any of these better-known works, and many other readers as well, will find McMicking's narrative entertaining as well as informative. R. l Hind was an Overlander, and some of his works have been used to illustrate popular histories of the McMicking company's journey.
Our march was now conducted with great regularity, and, excepting an occasional break in our carts or harness, we had but few delays. When an accident of this kind happened to anyone he was ordered to turn out of the train and repair immediately, Upset for which purpose we had provided ourselves with tools, and then take his place at the rear of the train, so as not to disturb the order of the rest. We camped that night about sundown, at a small lake on the open prairie, without a single tree or bush in sight.
In spite of a general sobriety of character and style, McMicking did not lack wit or a sense of humour. He regales us with descriptions of several comic scenes from the march, such as the chaotic crossing of the Pembina River west of Edmonton, when he rises to heights of mock heroic eloquence. McMicking's work falls into a category of exploration and journey writing which is well represented in Canada's literary tradition. The diaries and narratives of such western travellers as David Thompson, Alexander Mackenzie, Paul Kane, and Walter Cheadle are just beginning to receive attention for their literary merits.