All season long, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were the class of the Canadian Football League. Their run through the regular season was dominant and they came into the playoffs as heavy favourites to take home the league’s highest honour, the Grey Cup. On Sunday night, they came back to beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in their home stadium in overtime to capture their second consecutive Grey Cup.
Things weren’t perfect for them to end the season. They faced some adversity in the West Final against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but they came out of that on top. They had a close game in the Grey Cup and they found a way to come out with a win. It’s a sign of being a good team. When things get hard, it separates the winners from the losers. Winnipeg had become a winner, and it’s building a culture in their building.
“Resilience. Perseverance. We did it all year. Just an amazing group,” said Winnipeg quarterback Zach Collaros.
“In the fourth quarter, we handle business. It came down to overtime. We have so much confidence in our offence and then we’re going to go out there and shut the lights off,” said Bombers defensive end Willie Jefferson.
Football is the ultimate team game. Even with Collaros who was named MOP, the Bombers needed people around him to setup up when things got hard. Their offensive and defensive lines have been dominant all season long, and while they weren’t quite on that same level in the playoffs, they did just enough to make things work.
In a few decades down the road, there’s a good chance that we will look back on this Blue Bombers team and talk about them as one of the best teams in the history of the CFL. Such was their dominance of the 2021 season. They deserved this championship, and they have gone back to back. Something truly special.