If you are looking for footage of a rousing pre-game speech, it’s probably best to avoid the Winnipeg Blue Bombers locker room.
Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea addressed the media in the hours leading up to his teams Grey Cup matchup with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and shot down the idea that he would have anything inspirational to say to his team ahead of the big game.
“I think that idea of motivating professional athlete, it’s probably not what you think it is. When you go down in that dressing room, once again, we’ve got a bunch of veteran professionals that have been there before and understand what big games are like,” O’Shea explained.
“I also believe that there’s nothing I’m gonna say that’s going to get them more fired up. They are ready to go and the only motivation they need is sitting right beside ’em in the locker room.”
That means that in the lead up to their championship clash, O’Shea will have exactly as much to say as he usually does.
“I speak for about five seconds and it’s probably the same thing every single time,” he added. “Their time is valuable. They’re already prepared. Nothing that I’m gonna say is gonna change that.”
There is some hope that the grizzly bench boss will be slightly more talkative after the fact, with a little bit of liquid assistance. Asked if he expected any batteries or beer bottles tossed at him tonight from a hostile Hamilton crowd, O’Shea only chuckled.
“Hopefully a beer afterwards.”
No doubt one that he hopes will be sipped from a silver chalice.