Bombers back in Blue and Gold
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Reebok have officially put the gold into the Blue and Gold.
The CFL team unveiled its “re-engineered” home and road jerseys on Tuesday at Pan Am Boxing and Athletic Club, and while their home jerseys will remain navy blue, their road duds have turned to gold.
“The league had a bit of hesitation towards going to a gold, but once they saw it … you can’t deny how great it looks,” said Jay Ranjitsingh, Reebok’s team services marketing co-ordinator.
All eight CFL teams will have new looks this season in honour of November’s 100th Grey Cup, but Winnipeg is the only squad that won’t wear white on the road.
“I love that we’re the only team in the league that’s not wearing white on the road,” season ticket holder Cam Hayglass said. “That’s pretty cool. It’s pretty cool to have something that’s distinctly ours.
“I love them. It’s a really good look. It’s a new look that still pays tribute to the past and to everything the Bombers have been. So I love them.”
Six Bombers were on hand Tuesday to model the jerseys, whose shoulders feature two strips and Winnipeg’s retro W logo. There is also a vertical stripe that starts at each armpit and goes to the bottom of the jersey on both the front and the back. The home pants will remain gold, while the road ones will be blue.
As expected, the new duds were met with both positivity and negativity from the public. Some fans wanted to see the royal blue colour used, although it sounds like they’ll get their wish in 2013 when it’s believed a third jersey will be unveiled.
This year’s jerseys feature “increased elasticity, improved resiliency and moisture wicking technology,” which makes them more difficult to hold. Offensive lineman Glenn January isn’t worried about that.
“We don’t hold, so I don’t know what you’re talking about. That’s a lie created by the liberal agenda,” January said with a straight face, before pausing and smiling: “No, we’ll find a way.”
The fan jersey has also been streamlined. It will no longer be a bulky piece of clothing.
“When you’re leaving the game you won’t feel like you’ll want to take it off when you go to the bar to hang out,” said Ranjitsingh, who spent the last 26 months working with the Bombers on their new look. “You’re proud to wear it. It fits well to wear it to the bar after as well.”
So the Bombers know what they’ll look like in 2012, but they’re still not sure when they’ll get into their new stadium. Any questions about Investors Group Field were forbidden at Tuesday’s press conference.
One source said the opening date is changing daily, and director of communications Darren Cameron said an official announcement is expected later in the week.