The popularity of the Bombers has boomed so much that they're adding seats to Canad Inn Stadium this weekend, which while flattering to the Hamilton Tiger Cats who roll into town tonight for a pivotal CFL eastern match up, probably has more to do with the Bombers resounding success both on and off the field this year.
The Cats who are coming off the bye week, won't be able to use the momentum of their exciting victory over the Argos of two weeks ago as a launching pad, rather this would have been a week of returning to routine, refreshing pass routes and defensive schemes and shaking off the post vacation rust.
Fortunately for the Cats both teams are on the same page as far a restart to routine, the Bombers were off as well, though when your at the top of your game we imagine it's probably a little easier to pick up your game where you left off, the one week vacation helpful in resting nagging injuries and fine tuning what so far has been the CFL's most impressive team.
The Bombers have captured the imagination of CFL fans from east to west with their success in the first half of the season, impressive wins led by the CFL's best defence and the return to prominence of Buck Pierce as a marquee CFL quarterback has proven to be the right combination both in the standings and at the box office.
The game while a much anticipated match up between Eastern Division teams battling for playoff aspirations, also brings former Bomber QB Kevin Glenn back to Winnipeg, which combined with all the pre game chatter and noise should offer up an exciting sub plot to an already high profile game.
The Bombers add to their attendance rolls tonight as they put more fans in every nook and cranny they can find, it will be up to the Tiger Cats to send the fans home unhappy and slow down the Blue Bomber express.
Game Time 7 PM CT (8 ET, 5 PT)
Winnipeg Free Press-- Swaggerville, Steeltown trade shots
Winnipeg Sun-- East Division clash should be a beauty
Hamilton Spectator-- Glenn's in a zone, making smart decisions
Globe and Mail-- Winnipeggers on emotional roller coaster ride
National Post-- Ticats look to cut Winnipeg's lead in the East
Quick Snaps Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Quick Snaps Hamilton Tiger Cats
Hamilton 27 at Winnipeg 30
Winnipeg Free Press-- Swagger 30, Hammer 27
Winnipeg Sun-- Blue blood, sweat, cheers
Hamilton Spectator-- Ticats fall in Swaggerville with 30-27 loss
National Post-- Bombers edge visiting Ticats