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Andrew Swan, MLA Minto
November 22, 2007

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

This Sunday, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will take to the field at Rogers Centre in Toronto in the 95th Grey Cup game. The Blue Bombers earned the right to play in the Grey Cup by a thrilling last place semifinal victory over Montreal and a hard-fought eastern final win over Toronto last Sunday.

The Blue Bombers face a tough and worthy opponent in the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. As one of many Manitobans who makes a regular habit of travelling west for the Labour Day Classic, I know the activities both on and off the field will make this one of the most memorable Grey Cups in history.

The injury to quarterback Kevin Glenn is a blow to the big Blue; however, the Bombers have built a solid organization and have assembled a tremendous collection of players who will rise to the occasion and bring the cup home. The sight of Canada's greatest receiver of all time, Milt Stegall, lifting the Grey Cup on Sunday will be another great moment in Blue Bomber history.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are an important part of Manitoba's heritage. From their first Grey Cup win in 1935, which was the first time a western team won the national championship, to the dominant teams of the late '50s and early '60s, which won four cups under the legendary Bud Grant, to the Cal Murphy and Mike Riley years to the present, the Blue Bombers have proven the best football in Canada is played right here in the province of Manitoba.

Madam Deputy Speaker, I'm proud to be a long?time supporter and season ticket holder of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. I lost my voice during the semifinal. I lost it again at the final in Toronto last Sunday, but I'll be proud to raise my voice again as all of Manitoba welcomes the Blue Bombers home after the Grey Cup Game.

Go, Bombers, Go!