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CFL Popularily Primer, Horse Happiness, and the Male Pink Perversion.

Is it possible that the CFL could gain more popularity if they simply built stadiums that allowed fans to sit closer to the field, like in the NFL and NCAA? Why does the CFL make its attendees sit 50 feet away from all points of the field? You can nearly get field-side seats for American games; and the atmosphere shows its appreciation. Don’t CFL games look rather poorly attended on TV, comparatively?

football stadium comparison

Canada (left), US (right)



 How happy are horses to be out of the common workforce? If horses are able to communicate with each other the way we are, I’m sure the elder horses have been passing down stories for years to the young ones about how they used to have to haul EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME until cars were invented. Oh, and they also had to fight in wars (well, carry people into some sort of big fracas the horses didn’t understand the meaning of, and maybe die for some reason). And take people everywhere. We still make them run as fast as they can in a circle so that people can make money off them, and trot people around in carriages and trail rides from time to time, but I’m sure the reduction in labour over the last 60 years has been more than acceptable.


 Boys wear blue, girls wear pink. Everybody knows this. For some reason, some “men” recently got this strange notion in their head that it’s ok for them to be wearing pink. For every guy challenging the status quo by telling people their shirt was “salmon” colored, there were another two drinking dark ale, making fun of them. And so they danced.

Somewhere along the lines, it got really popular to support Breast Cancer research by wearing those loopy little ribbons, adorned with the color pink. An incredibly aggressive promotional push led to pink clothing, pink sports jerseys, pink sports equipment, and everything else you can think of lambasted pink all in the good name of supporting and funding research for the cure of Breast Cancer (please don’t get me wrong, I am in full support of curing the disease).

This has led to a loophole in the equilibrium of gender coloring. Now, allThe pink and black attack. those male fuchsia flirters trying to be edgy are able to hide from masculine scorn behind what has become an immunity idol of wearing the color most commonly associated with femininity; pink. Who in their right mind is going to make fun of someone supporting cancer research?

The only male I can give a non-cancer-related-wearing-pink free-pass to is Bret “Hitman” Hart, who did just fine with it, always wearing an equal amount of black with pink.

  1. ryley
    November 9, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Cfl’s garbage
    horses definatley deserve some kind of reparation payment
    And brett the hitman hart is the best there is,was, and ever will be……behind shawn michaels

    • November 10, 2009 at 1:00 am

      as a Hitman loyalist, I just can’t allow you to place Shawn Michaels above Bret. Bret himself would probably be cool with you placing anyone except Shawn above him too. Michaels is an incredible performer, given, Bret will always be better in my books. Truthfully they were probably at their best when they were against each other; Survivor Series ’92, and the Wrestlemania 12 Iron Man Match were some of the best matches with anyone ever.

      What do you think the most acceptable horse reparation currency would be? Unlimited oats?

      • Braden
        November 11, 2009 at 10:56 am

        Dave, #1 is Correct: Shawn was always in front of Brett, only because he pushed Brett out of the way to get there.

  2. Grant McMillan
    November 9, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    BC Place sucks as a stadium. There’s no life there. However, the Mosaic Stadium/Taylor Field in Saskatchewan is awesome. You are very close to the field there. Horses are unpredictable, untrustworthy critters. That’s all I can say about them without giving away some regretable history. And I wear pink and I dare any man to make me stop. That’s the rule I abide by in most of my life.

    • November 10, 2009 at 1:06 am

      I have been to a Labor Day classic at Taylor Field, and it was definitely a good time. We were sitting in one end zone though, and by the time the ball was across the other 60 yard line, there was no chance of seeing much of the play, let alone the ball. There was even enough room to drive a car around the perimeter of the field. Why can’t we put people right up on the edge, like at hockey games?

      I sense that there’s a horse story in there somewhere that needs to see the light of day…

      Stop wearing pink, or at least tell people you’re supporting the effort to cure breast cancer. Please.

  3. November 10, 2009 at 8:25 am

    I am one of those guys who the dark ale drinkers tend to make fun of… though I would have to argue with you on the validity of pink wearers. Don’t get me wrong, there are some things men should simply not do, but a pink T-shirt (provided it is not skin tight and doesn’t have spaghetti straps) is, in my opinion; justifiable (provided there are other clear signs of masculinity being emitted).
    thats my take, for what its worth…

    • November 10, 2009 at 8:56 am

      hmm, interesting. At least we can agree that skin tight and spaghetti straps are over the line. What would you qualify as other clear signs of masculinity accompanying a pink garment? I’m willing to hear your entries; but as I think about a guy wearing pink pants, shoes, or anything else, I find myself less and less likely to take this ficticous male seriously.

  4. ryley
    November 10, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I think theres either pink or no pink….it doesn’t really bother me either way but I think there is going to be too much debate about what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable….

    • November 10, 2009 at 11:38 pm

      I think we’re gonna have to go ahead and say “no pink” then (*except Bret and the cancer folk).

  5. Robarelli
    November 10, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Pink is not allowed for men…ever…the only people I see wearing pink these days are the collar poppin douchebags (today’s term for metrosexuals) and rebel skater kids. And its impossible to tell these people that picking their wardrobe out of the latest victoria’s secret catalogue is a step back for masculinity, because the women are ok with it, and who the heck knows why they are. Bah…just men encompassing femininity in general doesn’t sit right. The only reason Bret Hart is able to get away with it is because his color has a symbolic meaning to it…and he’s an icon, a superhero so to say. And superheroes look cool in their outfit, but no matter how hard you try to make a superhero’s rainbow look on you cool, you’ll always look like an idiot. Hey pink wearers, I hear eyeshadow is going to be the new hip look, time to jump on the bandwagon?

    • November 10, 2009 at 11:46 pm

      I guess if the collar poppers are wearing pink for female attention, it’s understandable, but still not acceptable. Girls like to make friends with “femmy” guys, but having a relationship with one is a whole different story (see: “I don’t think of him in that way” “He’s nice, but…” and “date him? Eww, he’s like my brother!”) Generally this phase passes by like 18, wait…20, wait…25, wait… I still see guys in public places wearing pink, clearly trying to pick up women. I guess if a girl’s looking for a guy who’s “comfortable in his femininity” then have at ‘er, but that guy better be prepared to have his show run, forEVER.

  6. November 12, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Braden – what part of Bret’s proclaimation of being “The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be” is confusing to you? 🙂 Again, Shawn’s a great entertainer, but he ain’t the Hitman…

  7. Stacy
    November 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Oh Dave – pink is for anyone! “Boys wear blue, girls wear pink.” I’m wearing blue today – is that wrong? If men can’t wear pink, girls shouldn’t be able to wear blue. And that’s just silly. Not skin tight, spaghetti straps, but a nice polo shirt is fine.
    CFL stadiums – can’t speak for them all, but the Edmonton one is also used for track and field games, so we have lanes for the athletes to run in on the outside of the field – between the field and the fans. Makes sense to me – such a big area should have multi uses.

    • November 12, 2009 at 6:34 pm

      No no no, see, blue safely crosses the gender boundaries, but pink stays firmly where it is on the side of femininity. I’ve got no problem with girls wearing blue, in fact I encourage it. Guys look girly when they wear pink. Don’t make me start another poll…

      The running track around the Edmonton field is atrocious. I agree with the notion of a multi-purpose facility; but for a league that struggles to compete for viewship against the NFL, the CFL needs all the help it can get with putting a good-looking product on the fields. My only contention is that if the field looks bush-league, then so does your league, and so does your game, and then no one wants to advertise with you because it doesn’t look like anyone’s ever at the games and they don’t think there’s anyone to advertise to. Alas, the ugly business side of pro sports, when it isn’t just about the game anymore…

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