I am sitting and defrosting as I write this. Smiling too. As I posted in Blue and Gold forever I am Blue and Gold through and through.
Today Darlene and I witnessed history in the true sense of the word. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers prevailed over the Hamilton Tigercats by a score of 19 – 3 and won the East Final. Next week will see them in the 99th Grey Cup vs the BC Lions.
Now it’s all well and good that Winnipeg won the day, but it is also a bittersweet event that today was the last day that the venerable Winnipeg Stadium will play host to a Blue Bomber game. Today the temperature hit a balmy -10 Celsius and the crowd turned out in full force.
30,051 bundled and scarved faithful packed the old lady to the rafters. We were as loud as we could possibly be, banging on the metal seats. Stomping booted feet, clapping mitten clad hands together as hard and as loud as the leather would allow.
We cheered, we booed the zebras, we faithful applauded as hard as we could as our team took the field.
Play after play, our boys stood tall as I predicted they would, Doug Brown in his last game at home was a beast. Crushing Hamilton players beneath his massive 6’8″ frame.
Of course I would be insanely stupid to miss Chris Garrett, who rushed for an incredible 190 yards in the effort against Hamilton. His ground pounding running really brought the Blue Bombers the yardage the team needed at critical times. In fact the Bomber’s never even had a “two and out” until the 3rd quarter thanks to his and Buck Pierce’s efforts.
I say sad a personal goodbye to the trough, a staple of football in Winnipeg. Hardly a sanitary or welcome device for the shy male fan in need of relief, but an incredibly efficient way to pee none the less.
- Bombers host Ticats in frigid East Division Final on TSN (tsn.ca)
- Coaches downplay weather factor ahead of CFL East final (thestar.com)
- East Final (bahbs.wordpress.com)
- Bomber Garrett runs roughshod over Ticats in East final (cbc.ca)
- Bombers send backup receiver packing (theglobeandmail.com)