Due to popular request - this post is a love-fest for the WCP Cup and everything good about it.
10. Showcase for many of Saskatchewan's top players. Every top player in Regina participates and plenty from Saskatoon do as well. Even the PSL Men's league can't say that.
9. Three-week party. No other Saskatchewan party also happens to include lots of high-quality soccer. On any given night you're able to be drunk and entertained. High praise for that combination.
8. Exciting playoff games. This is an underrated aspect of the tournament. Imagine if instead of close semifinal and final games we were instead subjected to blowouts. Tournament would lose a lot of intrigue.
7. Good officiating. I don't care if mediocre teams are constantly complaining about how they got hosed. The officiating for the WCP Cup has been good and it makes the games more interesting.
6. Multi-cultural aspect. As much as the opening ceremonies are a pain in the ass and the national anthems can get tedious at times, it's always fun to pretend you're representing your your grandparents and their honour.
5. Five-game round robin. Also underrated. The entry costs are high but if you're getting five games to prove you belong in the playoffs then you're getting a good bang for your buck and there are no excuses.
4. Dedicated volunteers and entrance-watchers. Most of the time I have no idea who any of these people are but I guess someone has to do that job. I raise a glass to all of the completely un-acknowledged people who help the tournament run.
3. Tournament favourites that are fun to cheer against. Congrats to Ireland for pushing the recruiting every year and making itself the favourite. It's more fun to have a five-time finalist so that you can cheer for the underdog.
2. Beer carts. This goes with point 9, but needs to be acknowledged as its own entity. Accessible booze and people who are willing to imbibe makes the atmosphere so much fun. If this feature were removed there would be a lot less cheering.
1. Kevin Holness. Along with his band of merry men and women, Kevin has put together a tournament that everyone loves and looks forward to each year. Hard to imagine anyone else pulling this off. You need business credibility plus a competitor's reputation that makes players want to beat you. Kevin has loads of both.