The Church of the Riders

Last week a friend of mine invited me to goto the Riders games versus Montreal. I am not a huge sports fan, something my wife is usually grateful for, but I do enjoy watching the Riders. I suppose it is part of growing up in Saskatchewan, particularly in Regina. While the whole province supports the Riders, Regina tends to be more over the top than most of the other places in the province. I had not been to a home Rider game since I was in High School, so I was looking forward to going to the game. There is something about going to a home Riders game that makes it a religious experience.

There are not very many places you can go where 30,000 plus people are all cheering for the same outcome. There is a group mentality that takes over and people lose their individual sense of self cheering for the team. Of course this can easily turn to into a mob, just add alcohol and cheering for the home team can turn ugly pretty quickly.

I enjoyed the game, and it was an interesting experience to be a part of the church of the Riders for a few hours. It would be interesting to go to another game where the Riders win and be in a different section to see what it is like there. The section I was in was mostly a college aged crowd, and as much as I do not like to admit it, I am not a college boy any more.

Enjoy the photos I took with my phone and posted to Twitter.

Full house! on Twitpic

Half time. Riders 8 Montreal 14 on Twitpic

Nice outfits guys! on Twitpic

Gainer the Gopher. on Twitpic

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