Canada's Super Bowl (The Grey Cup) Celebrates 100 Years
By James Wiley
26 Nov 2012
The Grey Cup is a canadian institution that this week celebrated 100 years. I remember watching the Grey Cup as a child on television and actually attended a game when I was 12. What a thrill! As an adult, I became a professional photographer and shooting sports was always a challenge and a joy. I shot hundreds of football games and many Grey Cups, each one being more fun than the last.
From Rosedale Field in 1909 to Rogers Centre in 2012, the Canadian Football League and the Grey Cup have a vast and storied history. A history that includes the famous Mud Bowl and Fog Bowl, our own brand of three-down football and a 110 yard field.
In 1909, Governor General Earl Grey donated a trophy to the winner of the amateur rugby football championship of Canada. The first Grey Cup was awarded to the University of Toronto at Rosedale Field after defeating Toronto Parkdale 26-6 on December 4, 1909. The Cup was not awarded for 3 years due to World War 1.
In 1958, the Canadian Football Council withdrew from the Canadian Rugby Union and the CFC was renamed the Canadian Football League. The first ever game played under the newly formed CFL took place on August 14, 1958 in Winnipeg as 18,206 spectators watched the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeat the Edmonton Eskimos 29-21.
The 100th Grey Cup took place on November 25, 2012 at The Rogers Centre in Toronto with Toronto defeating Calgary 35-22, before over 50,000 and after a week long festival.