Laval fans will be able to support a team wearing rouge et or in Saturday's Vanier Cup, just not the Rouge et Or team.
No doubt it is a quandary for the great fans in Quebec City and the organizers, who had this sucker sold out in October partially on the presumption the Rouge et Or would advance to the big game. Le Soleil reported early Sunday that Queen's already requested 1,000 tickets, where only 200 had been set aside for a participating school. There are Kijiji ads, although many appear to be from would-be buyers, not sellers.
What's a Laval fan to do? If fans eat their tickets and don't show, people will wonder if they are great fans of CIS football or watching the Rouge et Or winning big. Look at this way: Leaders such as Gilles Lepine, Jacques Tanguay, Glen Constantin, et al., have created a program which has given Quebec City sports fans a ton of thrills over the past decade. A ton of work has gone into prepping for the Vanier. Support should not be withheld just because Constantin's team was outcoached and outplayed between the white lines.
Laval can't win the game, but it can win the party!
(Cue Rainier Wolfcastle: "Have you noticed that Calgary and Queen's each have red and gold in their uniforms? That's the joke.")
Coupe Vanier: trop peu de billets pour les fans des Gaels (Marie-Josée Nantel, Le Soleil)