♦ I like that the Ted Wildman Memorial Trophy is, so far as I know, the oldest individual award in Canadian university football. It highlights the fact that while the University of Guelph is celebrating it’s 5oth anniversary, the football program is much older. Newspaper accounts describe college football being played in Guelph all the way back to the 1870s. I like that an effort is made to bring back some of the previous Wildman winners. The trophy connects the program to its history and some of the great players who came before.
♦ It was nice to see that there was a good turnout of “support staff” and nice that they were recognized at the dinner. Not just support staff within the football program but also University employees from the Registrar’s Office, Facilities Department, etc. who are behind the scenes as far as football goes but none the less play a role in building a strong program.
♦ One of the highlights of the evening is always the player speeches – i.e the introduction of each of the graduating players by one of their teammates. They come late in the program when you’re just hoping that things won’t take too much longer. But every year the players provide the best entertainment of the evening. There is always a lot of humour but what really shows through is what a great group of young men we have in the program and what amazing bonds of brotherhood have developed over four or five years.
♦ Another tradition is the unveiling of the season’s highlights video. This is another quality production from Craig Rutledge. It goes through the 8-2 2013 season game by game. A lot of the passion that the Gryphons play with shows through in the video.