The Winnipeg Blue Bombers ended a 29-year Grey Cup drought on Sunday night, defeating the 15-3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats by a score of 33-12.
It was a shocking upset that has been celebrated over the past twelve hours by the long-suffering Winnipeg faithful. Thanks to social media, many of those celebrations were captured for others to see.
Blue Bomber fans congregated in downtown Winnipeg at Portage and Main, one of Western Canada’s oldest intersections, to celebrate the victory together.
Celebrating the @Wpg_BlueBombers Grey Cup win with a couple thousand fans at Portage and Main! 29 years in the making, well deserved for these fans and this city! #greycup2019 pic.twitter.com/UzTjr9ibtI
— Jamie Moses (@jmoses6) November 25, 2019
— Joe Scarpelli (@ScarpelliGlobal) November 25, 2019
— Michael Wynne (@Windog0101) November 25, 2019
— Mike Kuchirka (@FlyersFaithful1) November 25, 2019
There was singing…
— Ahmar Khan (@AhmarSKhan) November 25, 2019
— ????????x-Michelle❤'s Wpg Jets!!!!???????? (@MissR_Jetsfan) November 25, 2019
…and beer crushing…
— Brett Megarry (@BrettMegarry) November 25, 2019
…and an outpouring of emotions.
— Golden Boy (@WPGGoldenBoy) November 25, 2019
— Karen????'s???????????????????? (@plasercalgary) November 25, 2019
It’s sinking in , I’m Sobbing!
— leftycarol (@BlueBfan) November 25, 2019
This fan took to the streets in a riotous act of passion for his team.
— Colin Lougheed (@Colin_Lougheed) November 25, 2019
Chris Matthew, also known affectionately as ‘Shorts Guy,’ celebrated the victory by putting on pants for the first time in 18 years.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) November 25, 2019
The Canadian mafia celebrated together in the locker room. Mike O’Shea and Kyle Walters are pounding beers, the latter of whom is sporting a mustache worthy Festival du Voyageur.
Winnipeg is the only team in the CFL with Canadians serving as the team’s CEO, general manager, and head coach.
Canadian mafia hosting the grey cup. pic.twitter.com/Ee7VQWC63m
— Bob Irving (@BobIrvingCJOB) November 25, 2019
Equipment manager Brad Fotty, who joined the team in 1991, hoisted the Grey Cup for the first time in his 28-year career. What a moment for an unsung member of the Winnipeg Football Club.
— Erin (@erin_petreny) November 25, 2019
Families and friends celebrated together in Calgary and back at home in Winnipeg.
— Miss Marcia (@MarciaOnTheGo) November 25, 2019
— Nik Kowalski (@nik_kowalski) November 25, 2019
— Kristina Bighill (@KristinaBighill) November 25, 2019
— CFL (@CFL) November 25, 2019
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— Tina LaPolice (@tinalapo) November 25, 2019
Champions forever pic.twitter.com/5BjM2GKmqN
— Jermarcus Hardrick (@Yoshi_Hardrick) November 25, 2019
— Mike McIntyre (@mikemcintyrewpg) November 25, 2019
The drought was finally over. Fans under the age of 30 had never witnessed a Blue Bomber Grey Cup victory before.
— Jesse Pollock (@jpolly22) November 25, 2019
This is what it feels like!!!!! pic.twitter.com/lQraA6tDmv
— Blue Bomber History (@BomberHistory) November 25, 2019
— Robert Dalton (@RougeDalts) November 25, 2019
Chris Streveler sported one of the greatest championship outfits ever, donning large sunglasses and an open flannel jacket over his bare chest.
And plenty of Blue Bomber alumni shared their congratulations.
— Milt Stegall (@MiltStegallTSN) November 25, 2019
Love❤ this Team -Sending Congratulations to the
Bombers -especially the Players & the Coaches & Management on the Battle for the Grey Cup -1 Step left- Beat a very good Hamilton team & bring back the Grey Cup ending a 28 year Drought. It's going to happen- BELIEVE!! ????????
— Chris Walby (@BigBluto63) November 18, 2019
I was wrong about this defense not being able to win the way they played. Doesn’t matter how or why they won, they’re champs so there’s that. Congrats to the city of #WINNIPEG, you deserve it.
— Jason Vega (@VegaJason) November 25, 2019
The city of Winnipeg deserves this… Congrats to all the homies and the best fans in the CFL #bombers
— Clarence Denmark (@OnAnotherOne) November 25, 2019
— Greg Peach (@GregPeach90) November 25, 2019
Congratulations are in order to everyone that had a hand in ending this drought. But this one has to be for the fans that stuck with this team for almost 3 decades.
— Doug Brown (@DougBrown97) November 25, 2019
It was a night CFL fans won’t soon forget — most of all in The Peg.