He cannot nail down exact numbers just yet but all indications are that Winnipeg's success on the gridiron will translate into solid season ticket and souvenir sales for the Blue Bombers.
"We won't know the numbers until the end of the month but sales have been going very well," Jerry Maslowsky, the CFL club's vice-president of marketing, said yesterday. "It was a good year overall and the (Bomber) Store's very busy."
The Bombers season started with veteran slotback Milt Stegall chasing the CFL's all-time touchdown record and getting it, which led to five straight sellouts. Then, quarterback Kevin Glenn was named the Eastern nominee for Most Outstanding Player. The Bombers made it all the way to the Grey Cup which they lost to the Saskatchewan Roughriders without Glenn, who was injured.
The Bombers, who sold about 18,000 season tickets last year, have added the price of a playoff ducat to next year's package. Season ticket holders have until Dec. 15 to renew their packages for 2008 season and can do so online at www.bluebombers.com. Those renewing before that deadline will be eligible to win a trip for two to Jamaica, a trip to the '08 Grey Cup in Montreal or win a road trip with the Bombers. By renewing early, fans will save 20%.
"People have been buying season tickets as Christmas gifts, too," said Maslowsky, adding that the Bomber Store will soon offer a Locker Room sale.
BIG BURRITO: Although Bomber defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall has admitted to being interested in the coaching vacancy in Montreal, the Alouettes are apparently more interested in Toronto offensive co-ordinator Steve Buratto -- on the advice of former Als head coach Don Matthews. The Montreal Gazette reported yesterday that Matthews is working for the club as an adviser and Buratto was his assistant for three previous CFL teams. Buratto will reportedly be interviewed for the job tomorrow. There are at least five other candidates.
CAPPING: Riders GM Eric Tillman has admitted that his club will exceed the salary cap due to injuries, which means the club will be subject to a hefty fine. The Bombers do not expect to exceed the cap despite their own injury woes, GM Brendan Taman said recently.