You know something has to be good if, during Grey Cup Week, you set alarm for 6:45 am in order to attend. The Spirit of Edmonton Breakfast, at the Shaw Conference Centre did not disappoint. What follows is a timeline of some of my personal highlights:
7:39 – Entered the ballroom. The band was playing “Roadhouse Blues” at an incredible volume. For a moment, I think it’s still last night.
8:02 – Master of Ceremonies Mark Scholz performs the ceremonial Bailey’s cap removal. Sorry, Mark, I’d removed mine 20 minutes earlier.
8:04 – A call goes out for any Newfoundlanders in the room. One guy stands up and hollers. Holy smokes..is that…DANNY WILLIAMS!? (I could be
8:09 – Food line opens. As I make my way toward the buffet, I inadvertently cross through the Castrol dancers as they are about to begin. Emcee yells at me to get off the dance floor. Hey, I’m with ya, buddy, nobody needs to see that.
8:29 – The first Sluice Juice sighting! About time!
8:29 and 10 seconds – I want another Sluice Juice!
8:45 – The Calgary Stampeder cheerleaders hit the floor in skimpy halter tops. Sadly, I’d already seen two guys in similar outfits. And neither was Henry Burris.
9:03 – The question is asked: “Who’s leaving here and going to work hammered?”
A lot, I mean a LOT of hands go up. Enjoy a productive day of commerce, Edmonton.
9:04 – A Ukrainian dance troupe takes the floor. Their choregraphy is so good, I see Arland Bruce feverishly taking notes in preparation for next season’s touchdown celebrations.
9:05 – Isn’t my typing remarkably good after that much Sluice Juice?
9:06 – Isn’t my typing remarkably…uhh…oh yeah.
9:32 – Blue Bomber cheerleader asks if I’d like to buy a calendar. I say “sure, if you’ll buy one of mine.” She backpedals like Byron Parker.
9:45 – Here comes the Eskimo Cheer Team. Seriously, they might be the best on the planet. I mean, somebody alert Guy Laliberte, he could build an entire Cirque De Soleil show based on their exploits.
They lift Spirit Chairman Bruce Keltie up so high…that he could almost see eternity (gosh, I love Anne Murray).
10:32 – Okay, I’m back after a power nap. What’d I miss?
10:33 – Bagpipers! Love it! Fire it up, guys!
10:34 – Okay, I DO love bagpipes. But after a night of carousing and several goblets of sluice, the old noggin’ can’t take it. Time to beat a hasty retreat. Well done, Spirit! You are the Danny Williams of breakfast parties. Yes, that IS a compliment.
[box type=”info”]Link: Getting Into The Spirit, CFL.ca[/box]