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Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans ‘never lost confidence’ as team battled for Grey Cup victory

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Priti Shah had little doubt in her thoughts that her Winnipeg Blue Bombers would take house the Gray Cup Sunday evening.

“I used to be nauseous,” Shah stated in an interview at Tim Hortons Discipline in Hamilton after the Blue Bombers beat the Tiger-Cats 33-25 in an exciting time beyond regulation win.

Shah has been a Bomber fan for many years, ever since her dad took her to a recreation and taught her the sport. The staff looks like household, she says.

Shah witnessed Winnipeg historical past Sunday because the Bombers gained their second straight Gray Cup for the primary time in almost 60 years. The staff hasn’t gained back-to-back Gray Cups because the 1961-62 season.

“However I by no means misplaced confidence. By no means.”

Winnipeg Blue Bombers followers flooded Portage Avenue and Predominant Avenue on Sunday evening after the staff gained the Gray Cup. (Marouane Refak/CBC)

The staff’s win was a testomony to their high quality after going a league-best 11-3 within the shortened common season. 

Blue Bomber defensive finish Willie Jefferson stated the staff felt like they may hear the followers in Winnipeg.

“We heard all of the cheers again in Manitoba,” Jefferson stated after the sport. “That is for y’all. Should you do not like Winnipeg, eat your coronary heart out.”

“It is resilience, it is camaraderie, it is a household. It is Winnipeg,” he stated.

That is the third time in franchise historical past the staff has gained two titles in a row. This historic second means rather a lot to Winnipeg lengthy snapper Mike Benson.

“That is my dream,” stated Benson, who was born in Winnipeg and attended St. Paul’s Excessive College.

WATCH | Gamers and followers rejoice in Hamilton after the Bombers win: 

‘Happiest day of my life’: Followers, gamers rejoice Bombers Gray Cup win

Blue Bombers gamers and followers celebrated the second-in-a-row Gray Cup win in Hamilton on Sunday 1:36

His mother, fiancée and eight-month-old son, Wilder, all got here to Hamilton to observe the sport. Wilder slept by way of the post-game celebrations.

“This was his first flight, his first Gray Cup — he is not even a yr previous. He by no means missed a house recreation,” Benson stated.

After the sport, Hamilton followers shortly filed out of Tim Hortons Discipline, however a whole lot of Blue Bomber followers caught round to soak within the feeling.

“I am nonetheless in shock,” stated Trevor Finch, who’s been a season ticket holder for 27 years. He credit his father for turning him right into a Bomber fan. The final recreation they watched collectively earlier than he died was the 1990 Gray Cup match up between Winnipeg and Edmonton.

Priti Shah was on the Gray Cup recreation in Hamilton, Ont. on Sunday and witnessed her staff, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, win. (Sam Samson/CBC)

“My dad is the explanation I am a fan,” stated Finch.

“He would have been proper there beside me, laughing and cheering, however in all probability additionally feeling unhealthy for the Hamilton followers. However they will get their probability.”

The Bombers will head again to Winnipeg with the cup. Public celebrations have but to be formally introduced, however gamers are hoping for a parade by way of downtown.

Winnipeg Blue Bomber lengthy snapper Mike Benson celebrated his staff’s Gray Cup win on Sunday together with his mother, fiancee and eight-month previous son Wilder. (Sam Samson/CBC)

Head Coach Mike O’Shea, who’s now 6-0 for Gray Cup video games in his CFL profession, stated he is trying ahead to watching his staff rejoice again in Winnipeg with the followers.

“I do know it is harder this yr with COVID, but it surely’s gotta be a pleasant aid for the followers,” stated O’Shea after the sport.

“It has been a tricky couple years and I do know we nonetheless have challenges forward of us, however I am hoping we will present some happiness and pleasure for the province.”

Hometown help at house

Again house in Winnipeg, a whole lot of followers of all ages gathered downtown at Portage Avenue and Predominant Avenue to rejoice the win.

Eleven-year-old Connor Weight was there blowing a big blue horn to indicate his enthusiasm.

“It is fairly essential as a result of the Bombers simply did a Gray Cup repeat and it is wonderful,” Connor stated.

Don Seaton has two tattoos to rejoice the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and is planning to get one other to mark their back-to-back Gray Cup wins. (Walther Bernal/CBC)

Lengthy-time Bomber fan Don Seaton stated he has two tattoos — one on every hand — of his favorite staff, however he is planning on getting one other to mark the newest Gray Cup win after he finishes celebrating with others in blue.

“Finest strategy to win, greatest strategy to finish a 29-year drought — two cups in a row!”

WATCH | Blue Bombers followers rejoice at house in Winnipeg 

‘Everybody’s ecstatic’ about Bombers’ Gray Cup win

A whole bunch of Winnipeg Blue Bombers followers gathered downtown to rejoice the staff’s Gray Cup win on Sunday 2:21

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