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From the Grandstand – Volume #6

Greg Mitchell is a season ticket holder in section 11. He is one of the fans whose input is occasionally sought for the “game balls” that Huskie Outsider awards, following each game. Thank you to Greg for sharing what makes Huskie football so special to him.

Q: For how many years have you been following the Huskies?
Greg: This is a tough one to answer. I’ve followed them casually since my older brother enrolled at the U of S in 1991, with interest slowly ramping up to full blown fan-hood in the past 4 years. When I was a student, I sadly didn’t make it to as many games as I should have, my main problem being that I didn’t like having to be at games 2 hours early in order to get a seat. As soon as I heard about season tickets, I jumped at the chance to reserve a seat for me, my 3 year old son and my father. My son is 7 now, and we’ve gone to all the games since.

Q: What is the best Huskie game that you have ever seen? What was special about this game?
Greg: The Vanier Cup in Saskatoon was pretty special. I know, the Huskies didn’t win, but I’m a bit of a masochist when it comes to watching the Huskies in bad weather. That team – that very few expected to make Vanier – put up a good fight, and were super close to pulling off the dream Vanier win. I was proud of the fight that the Dogs put in to get there, and of the effort they put in that day under less than ideal conditions. I felt that the least I could do for them was to sit in my seat the whole way and yell my head off when the defence was on the field.

Q: Which Huskie team do you feel is the best ever?
Greg: I am not really the right person to ask this, because I can barely remember what I had for lunch today. That said – this year’s team feels like they’ve got something special when they’re all healthy and playing their game. I’m not just saying that because they just finished posting 64 points either.

Q: Who are you 3 favourite Huskie players of all time, and why?
Greg: Bryce McCall – he brings the big hit as well as anyone, and always seems to be in the right place to come up with a big play when we need it.
Leighton Heron – Gutsy, always brought his A game, and also has some pretty big plays on his resume.
Jason Crumb – I worked with Jason over the Christmas retail season when I was going to school. I remember Jason as being a quality human being – something I think exemplifies the Huskies. Not a half bad player either.


Bryce McCall in game vs. Rams (photo by Steve Hiscock for Liam Richards photography)


Q: What are your thoughts/impressions of the 2010 Huskie team?
Greg: I’m excited to see what they can achieve. I know there have been some bumps along the road, but the adversity they’ve faced after going down 1-2 will only help them in the tough games to come. I think we still haven’t seen their best game, though they’ve shown us a couple of beauties (let’s forget the stinkers…)


2010 Huskies


Q: Which 2010 game are you most looking forward to?
Greg: For me, it’s always “the next one.” That’s especially true because it’s the Dinos coming to town. The two teams put on a show in their games here last year, so I’m hoping for some more fireworks.

Q: What do you think is the best rivalry between the Huskies and another team (current or past rivalry)?
Greg: It’s gotta be the Rams. When the Rams joined Canwest, they came in and beaked off a bit. For the most part, the Huskies have had their number. I’ll never forget seeing Frank give those of us in the East grandstand the finger as a thanks for making so much noise. I’ve noticed that Frank has toned it down somewhat of late, which is somewhat disappointing. I guess we just have to work harder to earn back his love.

Q: What would you say to a potential recruit who is considering playing for the Huskies?
Greg: The Huskies are an organization that will help you to achieve greatness if you’re willing to put in the hard work. If you join the Huskies, you’re joining a program that cares, and a program that matters. The community support makes me proud to call myself a U of S alumni and Saskatoon resident.

Q: Is there anything else that you wish to add?
Greg: I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a fan of the Huskies – I know that they’re a bunch of quality individuals who are putting their bodies on the line each and every week. My son is gaining a love for football, as well as an appreciation of what the team means to the community with every game. All offseason, he asks me when the next football game will be. He’s as excited to see kickoff as me, even if he spends the first quarter in the KidsZone. Speaking of which – I’d also like to thank all the team’s benefactors for helping the Huskies to put on a show like no other in the CIS.

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