Category Archives: Winnipeg Blue Bombers

06 Oct

Taxpayer Trophy Train

Today, I ventured over to Union Station to see the Taxpayer Trophy Train as it stopped in Winnipeg as part of a cross-country tour. You might know it as the Grey Cup Train.
I’ll state up front that I am not a fan of the Taxpayer Football League, nor am I a fan of being an involuntary sponsor of its local team.
So why would I go?
I used to be a fan. I have the beer that a group of unruly firefighters threw on me to prove it. I have somewhat of an appreciation for the past history of the league and, additionally, I have an adopted fondness for trains, so I decided to check it out.

Upon my arrival, I was shocked to see the lineup just waiting to get in.

It was no better inside Union Station.
The Bombers had their mascots around and they some posters on display throughout the station. This is “Buzz” and at right is a poster for Manitoba Taxpayers Stadium II. Thanks for the reminder. I can only imagine how much of a kick in the gut it must feel like for people who live in Fort Richmond.
After waiting about 45 minutes, I got up to the platform and saw the train.

Green is the color!

This section dedicated to Doug Flutie was the highlight for me and an unexpected bonus. I never watched Flutie play in the TFL, but I was very dedicated fan of the USFL’s New Jersey Generals, the team that he made his pro debut with in the spring of 1985. This is a picture that I’ll probably use in the book I plan to write on the Generals’ three-year history.

Is it “Michael” or “Micheal”?

Farmers’ Republic of Saskatchewan Roughriders – Grey Cup Champions.
More from our western neighbors.
Outside on the platform, I took a couple of shots showing where the trains roll into the station. This is not an area where the public normally gets to visit without a train ticket, which is one of the reasons that I decided to attend.

I also took note of a pair of jerseys hung out on the platform.

Fans had the opportunity to stand behind the jersey and have their picture taken in a Roughrider uniform. There was a Blue Bomber jersey right next to it as well.

Upon leaving the station, I noticed the lineup outside.
I was relieved that I came early. I can only imagine how long these people had to wait to get on the train.
To my surprise, the actual Taxpayer Trophy wasn’t on the train, but outside in one of the displays. I came for the train and I had no need to make a special effort to see it, so I left to return home. Despite the crowds, I was glad that I went.

20 Feb

Selinger’s Saloon

This morning, I went out to check out the construction progress of Manitoba’s largest tavern going up on the campus of the University of Manitoba. Though I do not partake in alcoholic beverages, I did want to see this palatial outdoor saloon that every Manitoban, including me, is paying dearly for.

I appreciate Comrade Selinger’s concern for the welfare of the brewery industry, but I wasn’t aware that, despite the troubled economic times around the world, that beer sales had taken any sort of nosedive that necessitated such extreme government intervention to the tune of $200 million to build a place for Manitobans to drink while being loosely entertained by taxpayer-subsidized minor-league football.
Heading south on University Crescent, you can see the roof on the east side towering over the trees even before you get to the golf course.

Looking south from the corner of University Crescent and Sifton Road.

From the looks of it, drunks seated on the east side won’t get any rain or snow in their beer thanks to that covering. You’re welcome.

The west side stands are also taking shape.

The outside façade on the east side.

Looking north from Chancellor Matheson Road.

Looking west from Chancellor Matheson Road.

There you have it: the developing edifice that should be called Selinger’s Saloon. It’s only too bad that it wasn’t built somewhere else like Regina instead of Winnipeg.