#ForTheW: Winnipeg celebrates Blue Bombers ending 29-year Grey Cup drought
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers ended a 29-year Grey Cup drought on Sunday night, defeating the 15-3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats by a score of 33-12.
It was a shocking upset that has been celebrated over the past twelve hours by the long-suffering Winnipeg faithful. Thanks to social media, many of those celebrations were captured for others to see.
Blue Bomber fans congregated in downtown Winnipeg at Portage and Main, one of Western Canada’s oldest intersections, to celebrate the victory together.
There was singing…
…and beer crushing…
…and an outpouring of emotions.
This fan took to the streets in a violent, riotous act of passion for his team.
Chris Matthew, also known affectionately as ‘Shorts Guy,’ celebrated the victory by putting on pants for the first time in 18 years.
The Canadian mafia celebrated together in the locker room. Mike O’Shea and Kyle Walters are pounding beers, the latter of whom is sporting a mustache worthy Festival du Voyageur.
Winnipeg is the only team in the CFL with Canadians serving as the team’s CEO, general manager, and head coach.
Equipment manager Brad Fotty, who joined the team in 1991, hoisted the Grey Cup for the first time in his 28-year career. What a moment for an unsung member of the Winnipeg Football Club.
Families and friends celebrated together in Calgary and back at home in Winnipeg.
The drought was finally over. Fans under the age of 30 had never witnessed a Blue Bomber Grey Cup victory before.
Chris Streveler sported one of the greatest championship outfits ever, donning large sunglasses and an open flannel jacket over his bare chest.
And plenty of Blue Bomber alumni shared their congratulations.
It was a night CFL fans won’t soon forget — most of all in The Peg.