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« on: June 07, 2022, 11:00:47 PM »

"There's a pride now with this place and this powerful energy in the building" - Ed Tait

A sign hangs above the tunnel the Winnipeg Blue Bombers run through before every home game at IG Field, and it essentially serves as both a reminder and a tone setter for what is about to unfold.

It reads, in big, bold letters: 'From the handshake!!!'

"This is what it means," explained dominant defensive end Willie Jefferson in a chat with bluebombers.com this week. "Once Coach O'Shea gives us our final words and we shake hands with those other boys after the coin toss, well, then it's all business."

The Blue Bombers have been all business at IG Field for a long stretch now, having won 18 of their last 19 regular season home games at their south Winnipeg base - 19-1 if the Western Final win last December is included. Those numbers are significant because it represents the most dominant stretch at home for the Blue Bombers since a run from October 23, 1983 to October 25, 1986 when the club went 27-1 - including three playoff victories - at old Winnipeg Stadium.

The recent run is also in stark contrast to the numbers over the first four years after IG Field first opened in 2013, as the Blue Bombers were a woeful 11-25 in their spiffy new stadium.

Things started to change midway through the 2016 season - after the club lost its first three at home - and since then the record at IG Field is 31-9. In fact, over the past four seasons the Blue Bombers are 27-7 at IG Field in the regular season - including 7-0 last year - for the best home record in the entire Canadian Football League.

CFL Home records/winning percentage since 2017


    Winnipeg Blue Bombers: 27-7; 79.4%
    Calgary Stampeders: 24-10; 70.6%
    Saskatchewan Roughriders: 24-10; 70.6%
    Hamilton Tiger-Cats: 20-14; 58.8%
    Toronto Argonauts: 19-15; 55.8%
    Edmonton Elks: 18-16; 52.9
    B.C. Lions: 15-19; 44.1%
    Montreal Alouettes: 14-20; 41.2%
    Ottawa RedBlacks: 11-22-1; 33.8%

"Once the culture change really took hold in 2016 it became that we weren't hoping to win, we expected to win," said defensive tackle Jake Thomas, the longest-serving Blue Bomber. "It was the same thing with the playoffs - before we hoped to get there. Now we expect to go all the way or it's not a good season.

"Obviously you want IG Field to be a tough place to play, but as you start to win more regularly it just breeds more success and helps create the overall environment. The fans are more into it now.

"You see it in our cold-weather games, and the fans are still here. And remember we had that lightning delayed game where they stayed for three hours? That's as loud as it?s ever been here. The fans are a huge advantage for us, but there's also been a pride that's developed that we don't lose at home."

The Blue Bombers? last home loss in this 19-1 span came on September 27, 2019 in a 33-13 setback against Hamilton. The team was absolutely dominant at IG Field last year - their 7-0 mark was the first unbeaten home campaign since an 8-0 mark in 1984 - as the club out-scored its opponents by a whopping 196-62, for an average margin of victory of 19.1 points.

"Part of the success is our advantage in the later months with the weather and the fact that we practice in it every day," said receiver Drew Wolitarsky. "Another factor is the sound in here with our fans being so loud. There's a pride now with this place and this powerful energy in the building. If you come in here and you bring your juice, you?re going to get it delivered to you.

"It just means so much to be playing in front of fans who are so active and care so much about us winning. That's pressure that helps fuel the fire."

There are so many factors, clearly, involved here. But so much of comes with the basic idea of setting a dominant tone from the outset. Again, 'From the handshake!!!'

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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2022, 11:25:12 PM »

All about the culture that MOS and Hall have created
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2022, 11:59:27 PM »

We've been mega-spoiled in the last 5+ seasons in that we almost certainly got to see a win when we go to a home game @IGF.  I would guess it will be much the same this season.

This type of streak is very rare and can't be kept up forever (see CGY).

Enjoy it while it lasts!!  And pray it lasts a lot longer!

(Quick, don't think back to 2013-2014...)
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2022, 12:07:15 AM »

We've been mega-spoiled in the last 5+ seasons in that we almost certainly got to see a win when we go to a home game @IGF.  It would guess it will be much the same this season.

This type of streak is very rare and can't be kept up forever (see CGY).

Enjoy it while it lasts!!  And pray it lasts a lot longer!j

(Quick, don't think back to 2013-2014...)

indeed fingers crossed. We will be very good this year!
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2022, 11:04:09 AM »

Even thru the crappy years I always said that they better put in a good effort at home.  I hate paying big $$ to watch my team stink it up.

Love this streak, love the culture, love the team!  I don't expect them to be as dominant this year, but you know they'll be in contention come fall and taht is all you can ask for as a fan.
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2022, 11:02:25 PM »

Hard to see the defence being as dominant as last year. Almost all other cfl teams were mediocre last season until later in the year.  So the bombers D cleaned up with so many veterans returning.

I expect calgary to be better this season. No horrible start. Just feel Sask drops off a bit, but maybe a home grey cup will spur them on. Bc and Edmonton total wild cards at this stage.

Bombers 3 peat will be very difficult. Barely squeaked out the grey cup last year. Still say Hamilton played their best game of the year in the grey cup as I expected bombers to easily handle them. Fire it up!
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