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Blue Bombers fan fulfills promise, wears pants for 1st time in 18 years after Grey Cup win



A Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan can finally wear pants for the first time in 18 years after his team won the Grey Cup in Calgary on Sunday.


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Chris Matthew made a no pants pledge in 2001, promising friends he would only wear shorts until the Bombers won the cup.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan Chris Matthew put on pants for the first time in 18 years after his team won the Grey Cup on Nov. 24, 2019, making good on the promise he made.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan Chris Matthew put on pants for the first time in 18 years after his team won the Grey Cup on Nov. 24, 2019, making good on the promise he made.


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With the Bombers winning the championship — beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12 — Chris’ calves were bare no more.

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“It feels really, really odd. It feels like things are crawling on my legs, to tell you the truth,” he said after putting on army-print pants immediately following the game.

His wife Darla Matthew was happy with the Grey Cup’s result.

“Now he doesn’t have to wear [shorts],” she said. “And this was the most amazing experience.”

Chris said he actually likes wearing shorts.

“After this is all said and done, I can put [pants] on if I have to go to a place now, but other than that, I’m going back to the shorts,” he said. “I quite like it.”

 


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90-year-old Blue Bombers superfan gets Grey Cup tickets for her birthday


Mariam Matti, CTVNews.ca Staff


Published Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00PM EST


Last Updated Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:02PM EST

TORONTO — A Winnipeg Blue Bombers superfan is celebrating her 90th birthday by watching her favourite team take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the 107th Grey Cup championship on Sunday.

June Figsby has cheered for her home team since she was in high school in the 1940s. 

“I’ve been a fan since 1945 and win or lose, they’re still my team and I keep cheering,” she told CTV News.

Joanne Basson, Figsby’s daughter, bought the Grey Cup tickets as a birthday gift for her mom.

“I know she’s been a fan for so many years,” said Basson. “I was born into it, so I’m a huge fan too.”

Decked out from head to toe in blue-and-gold Bombers gear, the pair are in Calgary this weekend hoping to see the team end a nearly 30-year dry spell.

The last championship the Bombers won was in 1990, beating the Edmonton Eskimos during the 78th Grey Cup.

“Not seeing the Grey Cup in Winnipeg has been really tough,” said Figsby.

Fans of the Tiger-Cats are also eager for a victory. The last time the team won a championship was 20 years ago when they beat the Calgary Stampeders in the 87th Grey Cup.

“In my head I’m already holding the cup with the team,” said Tiger-Cats fan Jason Adams.

Country star Keith Urban will headline the halftime show. Though Urban admitted Saturday that he’s never seen a CFL game before, he said he’s looking forward to watching alongside fans. 

“What a crash course right? To come and see the Grey Cup,” said the four-time Grammy winner.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.

With a report from CTV’s Alberta Bureau Chief Janet Dirks





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