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Homegrown Winnipeg Blue Bombers Keen to End Their City’s Grey Cup Drought

Homegrown Winnipeg Blue Bombers Keen to End Their City’s Grey Cup Drought

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Zach Collaros - Andrew Harris
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros, left, hands the ball off to Andrew Harris at their team practice during the CFL’s Grey Cup week in Calgary, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. CFL rushing leader Andrew Harris leads a contingent of homegrown Winnipeg football talent on a Blue Bombers team bent on winning Sunday’s Grey Cup against the Hamilton-Tiger Cats. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol)

CALGARY — The local talent on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers roster made decisions to come home during their football careers.

CFL rushing leader Andrew Harris, receiver Nic Demski, linebacker Thomas Miles and offensive lineman Geoff Gray will play in a Grey Cup for their hometown team for the first time in their careers Sunday in Calgary.

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Bombers GM Confident in Signing Head Coach Mike O’Shea to Contract Extension

Bombers GM Confident in Signing Head Coach Mike O’Shea to Contract Extension

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Mike O'Shea
Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea reacts after a call during the first half of CFL action against the B.C. Lions in Winnipeg Saturday, October 8, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

CALGARY — Winnipeg Blue Bombers general manager Kyle Walters says he and Mike O’Shea have a verbal agreement to extend his head-coaching contract, but not a signed one.

O’Shea has navigated the Blue Bombers to Sunday’s Grey Cup game in Calgary against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

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‘Still Waiting:’ Bombers Fan Shirks Slacks for 18 Years Waiting for a Grey Cup Win

‘Still Waiting:’ Bombers Fan Shirks Slacks for 18 Years Waiting for a Grey Cup Win

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

Chris Matthew
Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan Chris Matthew, who has been wearing shorts daily since the 2001 Grey Cup in Calgary, shows off some of his shorts in his living room in Winnipeg Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Back in 2001, Matthew said he would wear shorts until the Winnipeg Blue Bombers win the Grey Cup. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — A casual bet about the Winnipeg Blue Bombers getting the ultimate Canadian Football League win has left one of their most dedicated fans in shorts for the past 18 years.

Chris Matthew has optimistically dusted off his old zubaz print pants from the 1980s in preparation of finally covering up his calves as the team prepares to square off with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the Grey Cup on Sunday in Calgary.

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Bombers, Ticats Arrive in Calgary Seeking to End Grey Cup Dry Spells

Bombers, Ticats Arrive in Calgary Seeking to End Grey Cup Dry Spells

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Grey Cup
The Grey Cup sits in the falling snow upon its arrival during the CFL’s Grey Cup week in Calgary, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol)

CALGARY — A long Grey Cup drought is about to end.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers last hoisted the CFL’s championship trophy almost 30 years ago. For the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, it’s been two decades.

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Blue Bombers Bound for Grey Cup, Beat Roughriders 20-13 in West final

Blue Bombers Bound for Grey Cup, Beat Roughriders 20-13 in West final

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Western Final
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers celebrate defeating the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL West Final football game in Regina, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

REGINA — Zach Collaros is happy to ride the whirlwind.

A Winnipeg Blue Bomber for less than six weeks, the quarterback helped his new team to a 20-13 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Sunday’s West final and to a berth in the Grey Cup.

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Facing Former Team in West Division Final Gives Bombers QB Collaros More Motivation

Facing Former Team in West Division Final Gives Bombers QB Collaros More Motivation

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Zach Collaros
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros looks for a receiver during CFL West Semifinal football action against the Calgary Stampeders in Calgary on November 10, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

WINNIPEG — Zach Collaros will be fuelled by more than playoff excitement on Sunday.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting quarterback will lead his new team against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, an opponent that discarded him earlier this season, in the CFL West Division final.

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Blue Bombers Reach CFL’s West Division Final with 35-14 Win Over Stampeders

Blue Bombers Reach CFL’s West Division Final with 35-14 Win Over Stampeders

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Chris Streveler
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler, right, runs the ball during CFL West Semifinal football action against the Calgary Stampeders, in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

CALGARY — Zach Collaros is going back to where he started his CFL season, but wearing enemy colours.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers employed a one-two quarterback punch of Collaros and Chris Streveler to beat the Calgary Stampeders 35-14 in Sunday’s West Division semifinal.

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Stampeders Prep for Frosty Division Semifinal

Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Stampeders Prep for Frosty Division Semifinal

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Zach Collaros - Andrew Harris
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros (8) hands off to Andrew Harris (33) during the first half of CFL action against the Calgary Stampeders in Winnipeg Friday, October 25, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

CALGARY — Mother Nature might have a say in how well Winnipeg runs the ball and Calgary throws it in the CFL’s West Division semifinal.

Snow and a windchill of -16 are in Sunday’s forecast for the afternoon kickoff at McMahon Stadium.

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Bombers Fullback Feels Harris Should Be Top Canadian Despite Positive Drug Test

Bombers Fullback Feels Harris Should Be Top Canadian Despite Positive Drug Test

By The Canadian Press

Mike Miller
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Mike Miller, left, and Tyneil Cooper celebrate after recovering their own onside kick during the first half of a CFL football game against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver, on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

WINNIPEG — After being named the team’s most outstanding Canadian, Winnipeg Blue Bombers fullback Mike Miller spoke out against voters for not selecting teammate Andrew Harris on Wednesday.

Four members of the Winnipeg chapter of the Football Reporters of Canada and Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea got votes, with Miller winning out over Harris, who served a two-game suspension earlier this season following a positive drug test.

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