In case you don't know, the Grey Cup -- Canada's version of the Super Bowl -- is tonight. It is really, really old. You may have seen someone tweet about it, very politely, some time this afternoon. Oddly enough, the game is being shown on American television, so in case you're looking for something to do before Sunday Night (American) Football, we've done a guide for you.
How old is the Grey Cup? Is it older than the Super Bowl?
The Grey Cup is 103 years old, actually. The first one was played in Toronto in 1909 between two university teams. The Canadian Football League didn't exist until 1958, but here we are, with two teams from two of Canada's biggest cities facing off on a really big field and playing with a really big ball to win the 100th Grey Cup. (There were three years where the game wasn't played because of war.)
Okay, so who is playing in this game?
The Toronto Argonauts and the Calgary Stampeders. Calgary will be the team wearing red jersey and Toronto will be in blue.
Why is it called Canadian football? Are they playing soccer? Just call it soccer, silly Canadians.
Canadian football is a lot like American football except that it's not like American football at all. The skill level is closer to D-II NCAA football. The most notable difference are in the numbers: the field is 10 yards wider and five yards longer, there's an extra player on the field, the ball is bigger, and teams only get three downs instead of four. There's also a rouge, the rules of which are too complicated for me to explain here, but it involves kicking and awards a team a single point. It will probably happen at least once during the Grey Cup.