You’d never know the Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost Sunday’s Grey Cup judging by the hefty cheers that welcomed them home Monday afternoon at the James Richardson International Airport.
A few hundred fans assembled in the new air terminal building to welcome back the Blue and Gold from their nearly week-long trip to Vancouver. The Blue Bombers fell 34-23 to the BC Lions in the 99th Grey Cup Sunday (game recap).
After being peppered with reporters’ questions immediately following the loss at BC Place, the team obliged to answer many more from local reporters and sign autographs for fans.
For one Bomber in particular — defensive tackle Doug Brown — it was especially a hard-fought loss, putting an end to Brown’s 11-year CFL career as he prepares to move into retirement. The 37-year-old has previously said his body isn’t up for another season, but fans would definitely like to see #97 back in his uniform at the Bombers’ new home at the University of Manitoba next season. Chants of “one more year!” were echoed through the building as Brown made the rounds signing jerseys and posing for photographs.