Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Pay to Get Rough Ridden

It's been reported before: in Saskatchewan, politics and sports aren't just friendly pals, they boldly go hand in hand. So this news shouldn't come as any surprise: the Saskatchewan government announced today that they are issuing special Saskatchewan Roughrider license plates to commemorate their beloved provincial CFL football team. It wouldn't seem so illegal if the practice wasn’t the accepted norm in SK.

To anyone who has lived in the Rectangle of Regression, this cannot come as a surprise. The Roughriders are so openly-loved in Saskatchewan to the point that it's just plain awkward. Rider fans are known as the Rider Nation. They have Rider Pride. They like it rough. They fly colours. If one didn't know about this infamous CFL team, one might assume this is all part of some elaborate same-sex rights campaign. Well, it's not - at least as far as I know - but the motions are the same.

The commemorative plates come in several varieties. Be sure to ask for these specific ones when you visit SGI!










8 comments:

Anonymous said...

*shudders* I am so sick of the roughriders..........now more cheap crap will be displayed everywhere. *starts reminding herself* just one more year, one more year of this hell hole....

JustTryingToComment said...

Anonymous (4:34) - hope your positive, non-stereotyping attitude is as big a hit in your new home as it probably was here. By the way, if the cultural meccas of Toronto or Montreal are on your list of potential locations, keep in mind that they have far more rabid sports fans than Sask does (Leafs and Habs are a way bigger deal than the lowly Riders). So perhaps you'll just have to "tune out" all sports, rather than insult an entire population to spite a few thousand fans.

And blog author - you might have hit a slippery slope on this topic - Rider support tends to cross all social boundaries in the province. Even some of the most petulant NDPers (such as Stephen LaRose) are big Rider fans - it is one private enterprise that they tolerate....so your allies might not even be with you on this one.

P.S. Based on past experience, I'm not expecting this note to get past the "moderator" ... I think I hit a sore spot with the NDP references.....

Ryan Sanderson said...

I have lived in Regina my whole life. I FUCKING HATE THE RIDERS. People here are so fucking boring that this stupid team is all they talk about. Now the Twin Towers downtown have huge rider logos on them. Thats something to write about.

Thank goodness I'm moving to Ontario in two months to go to school. I can't stand it here any more.

Anonymous said...

Good luck at Western U, Ryan. One of the best universities in Canada ..... hope you grow up, and learn to moderate your thoughts a bit .. you'll meet people of many different ethnicities down there, many of whom will be passionate about soccer, cricket and such - far more passionate than Rider fans .... you might have to bite your tongue and accept these people for who they are. Don't use this blog's author as a role model....

Anonymous said...

It never seizes to amaze me when people from out of province bitch and complain about there being nothing to do in Saskatchewan. It is because you have to get out of your house and all buildings and enjoy the outdoors. I know in Manitoba you just have to go to lakes on the weekend but what do most do sit in a cottage and "enjoy" nature? Give me a break.
Rule number 32. And get out and do something that does not envolve being inside a building then come back and blog.

Anonymous said...

How much of a nerd do you have to be to buy one of these plates...

Extremely nerdy.

Anonymous said...

so if this is seriously how you spend your life, its pathetic! and im glad that this is the life you live. im glad you have nothing better. think of the amount of time you sit and waste on this blog?? haha loser.
and btw, where are you from? i bet its sooooo much better

darrin r said...

speaking of license plates i am noticing the sunfire might be getting phased out as the official car of saskatchewan and replaced by the chevrolet cobalt. any thoughts?