Tired O'Shea was happy to watch Blue Bombers celebrate before heading to bed
THE BLUE MOUNTAINS — As the Grey Cup victory celebrations dragged into the wee hours of the morning for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the team’s head coach, Mike O’Shea, took some of it in, proud of his city, his organization, his players, then headed for bed.
“You start to head to the after-party and you realize how tired you are, you’re just tired,” said O’Shea, a five-time Grey Cup champ now — three as a player and two as a coach. “You make a quick appearance, then you go to bed. I do regret that part.
“It takes a while for (the victory) to set in. What’s interesting as I was recounting in my head a previous win and my observations of it, it sort of unfolded the same way this time. The best part is sitting back and watching the individuals and their awe, their gratitude, how they’re feeling toward their teammates. They certainly had a lot of fun with it. They deserve it. The amount of work that goes into a season, it was evident how much it meant to them by their reactions. I would hope (they didn’t go to bed). But that’s not my party anymore.”
The Grey Cup victory, which erased a 29-year drought in Winnipeg, came in a season that had some adversity.
“It just doesn’t start in 2019, it started before that, putting things in place so you can survive the hiccups you face,” O’Shea said. “We’re not the only team that faces adversity; I don’t even know if we handled it best. There’s always more stuff going on behind the scenes that adds to the story.”
O’Shea, along with other CFL coaches, general managers and team presidents, gathered at a ski resort north of Toronto for this week’s winter meetings. While there was plenty of league business to discuss, putting together a roster that can contend for another Grey Cup next November is also on the plate for O’Shea and Bombers GM Kyle Walters.
“You end up starting a little later,” O’Shea said. “The deeper you go, the less time you have in between, but we’re going to be back in full swing right now. There’s a finite amount of time between now and training camp so work has to get done.”
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