On Sunday, after returning from a disappointing trip against American International, there was another big playoff game in the CFL. This time I was watching my hometown team, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, play the Toronto Argonauts. Once again the Bombers won and they were heading to the big dance... The Grey Cup!!!
On Monday, the team hit the weight room at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday was similar as we woke up early once again to condition as a team at 6:30 a.m. I had a busy school day with a presentation and an exam. Practice was loaded with video to educate us on how we needed to improve from the previous weekend.
Ahhhh... Wednesday finally arrived, which meant Thanksgiving break and a day to relax. We started by working out at 8 a.m. and followed it with a 10 a.m. practice. After that I spent my afternoon running around the city in search for goalie equipment. This was followed by team bonding back at the gym where we participated in basketball, football and swimming. My previous notions of a relaxing day had been cut short. Although fun, it was a busy day that ended with a Thanksgiving dinner, which was shared by both the women’s basketball and hockey teams.
Thursday was another day off ... to travel. We had practice at 9 a.m. at the Buffalo State arena and then boarded the bus for another trip to Oxford, Ohio, home of the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. After arriving in Oxford, we went for dinner and the expected chicken-parm was happily substituted for another amazing Thanksgiving meal. Although I am Canadian, Thanksgiving tasted just as good in the States.
Friday rolled around and the Griffs were anticipating the evening’s games with nervous excitement. We headed to Miami’s rink for a pre-game skate and afterwards, nine Griffs, including myself, enjoyed watching a high school hockey tournament that was taking place at the rink. However, as we headed for the bus, we saw it taking off. There seemed to have been a miscommunication on the departure time and we had to wait for the bus to return. The Griffs went on to play a respectable game Friday night against Miami, losing 4-0. The Griffs played with and even carried parts of the game against the best team in the nation.
After seeing myself play a decent game against the RedHawks the previous night, I was given a second chance to try and steal a game for our team. This opportunity was crushed in the first period after I gave up four tough goals. Needless to say they were the number one team in the country and they proved it, defeating the Griffs for the second-consecutive night. We are now on our way home, and for the second-straight weekend, we didn’t accomplish what we wanted to.
Andrew Loewen / Griff #1
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