Blue kick it old school

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

What was once old is new again.

At least temporarily.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts jointly announced an initiative where both CFL teams will don throwback 1950s-style uniforms in the next two regular-season games against each other.

The first contest will be played in Toronto on Sept. 12 with the second at Winnipeg on Oct. 10.

The retro jerseys were designed by Reebok Canada, which just signed a new five-year agreement with the CFL. And they were introduced to local fans at the new Bomber Store at the St. Vital Mall yesterday.

"I like them," said veteran slotback Milt Stegall, one of six Bombers modelling the new-old look. "They say I'm retro so they fit me perfectly.

"They look good. I like them. I think we should wear them not only for this game but for other games, especially if we win ... They're nice uniforms and we can pay some homage to the guys who had to wear these uniforms. I'm sure that some of them aren't around any more so, I'm excited about putting on these uniforms."

But Ken Ploen was among those Bomber alumni who was also modelling the look he once wore on the gridiron.

"It always feels good, and it always feels good to get out and see some of the old guys I used to play with again," Ploen said. "I think it's great. The tradition in Winnipeg, with the Blue Bombers goes back a long ways, as you know, and to see some of this stuff come back, particularly the colours, the emblems, the sayings on it, you name it, it's good to see. It's probably long overdue.

"We always like to get fancy with our stuff and upgrade but it's always nice to see the old fashions come back."

The retro-look paraphernalia is already being sold at both Bomber Stores.

Other CFL teams will be showcasing different retro looks over the next five years.

"This is our league, and it has a bright future, one built on the legacy that has been entrusted to us by the game's builders, players and fans over the years," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said in a release. "When today's stars sport yesterday's look, they're really glancing back at history on behalf of us all, just long enough to say: 'Thank you.'"


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