WINNIPEG - The largest crowd at sporting event in Canada since start of pandemic saw the defending Grey Cup champions manhandle the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last night at IG Field by a 19-6 score.
Many of the 29,376 in attendance were still in line to buy discounted beer as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers unveiled a banner celebrating their 11 Grey Cups, the latest coming way back in November 2019. After a quick 3 and out, most fans were in their seats when Hamilton jumped into a 6-0 lead on their first possession; the only points they would score the entire game, before the Bombers answered back before the first quarter was done. Despite falling behind early, it was all Bombers after that Hamilton drive. Zach Collaros went 18 of 28 passing for 217 yards. Kenny Lawler hauled in 2 of those tosses from Collaros for touchdowns and Winnipegger Brady Oliveira rushed 22 times for 126 yards in place of the injured Andrew Harris. Winnipeg’s other points came from a Tyler Crapigna field goal and a safety the Ti-Cats gave up.
It was a night of celebration for the fans as most haven’t had any other human contact since last March. They were rewarded by a night of little worry as IG Field provided a safe environment and reward for the vaccinated. The Bombers will face Toronto next Friday at home.