Our Americanized population may not be aware of this, but this Sunday in Toronto, the CFL will be staging the 100th Grey Cup. (Our own Andrew Bucholtz heads up Yahoo's 55 Yard Line CFL blog so go there for coverage.) This year, the Calgary Stampeders will be taking on the Toronto Argonauts and the game is televised Sunday night on NBC Sports Network at 6 PM.
But not all of Canada is enthused by the Grey Cup. David Menzies of Toronto's Sun News Network went on this bizarre rant, calling for a boycott of the Grey Cup (and all things CFL for that matter) because of the CFL's usage of yards on the football field as opposed to meters.
In this bizarre rant, Menzies calls out the "measurement czars" (actual quote) in Canada's national capital for allowing the CFL to continue to use the imperial system for measuring the field of play, and asserts the CFL is an "illegal league." Remember: this is on a national news network, not some sort of niche channel or YouTube.
Finally, at the end of his nonsensical rant, Menzies essentially shrugs his shoulders and says "or maybe I'll watch anyway." Could you imagine a Skip Bayless rant about Tim Tebow that leads to him saying "or maybe Mark Sanchez gives the Jets a better chance to win" after a rant? This is just Menzies trolling for the sake of trolling, which gives him the distinct honor of being the Canadian Bayless, if Skip obsessed about important topics like weights and measures.
Sun News is essentially Fox News North, only with bad production values and no Victoria's Secret model/anchors.
Unless he's supposed to be some sort of Canadian Andy Rooney or Rick Reilly, I would take the "or maybe I'll watch anyway" part as a sign the whole thing was intended to be a joke. But 100 meters would be a nice, round number, unlike 110 yards, and give the CFL an actual reason to have a longer field than the American game, though I imagine needing four downs to go 10 meters would affect play considerably.
@awfulannouncing It's good to see that Canada has some of the same USELESS DUMB ASSES that the U.S. media/celebrity has! #HolyCrap!
lolz RT @awfulannouncing: A Canadian TV personality urges a Grey Cup boycott because the CFL uses yards and not meters. http://t.co/PnoTr6MO
@awfulannouncing not often you see the term "bizarre rant" used twice in a three paragraph long story.
@nickbartrow RT @awfulannouncing Canadian TV personality urges Grey Cup boycott because CFL uses yards and not meters. http://t.co/EnJfWnWu
@awfulannouncing lame attempt at attention by a guy who self-glosses and repeatedly uses third person references? no thanks.
@the506: True. At least technically a national news network tho, + one that wants to be mandatory! "news" more troubling than natl. @JoeCNC