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But Lady Hard-Luck wasn’t done.
She threw a serious injury at the new starting quarterback just before the playoffs. That thrust into the starter’s role a man who hadn’t played a down since the first game of the season.
Up next, a murderous playoff road trip through the two toughest stadiums in the CFL.
Somehow, dodging potential season-killing plays like bullets, the Bombers reached the championship game, only to see a flu bug ravage the team as it prepared to face a favoured, 16-3 juggernaut on a seven-game win streak.
The Bombers overcame it all, music to the ears of their long-suffering fan base.
If this Grey Cup run was a symphony, the first gentle notes can be traced back to the early days on the job for the front office combo of Wade Miller, Kyle Walters and Mike O’Shea, the so-called Canadian Mafia.
The crescendo, though, came during an unforgettable series of events that kicked off one year ago this week, with the trade for quarterback Zach Collaros.
We’re going deep into that period for a behind-the-scenes look at the events that produced the parade Manitobans had waited so long for.
In this five-part series, featuring new interviews with all the key players, you’ll discover how a stressed-out Walters, the Bombers GM, cut it so close he didn’t really make the deadline to acquire his chosen quarterback.
“There was no time to write up the formal paperwork,” Walters said. “It was a very stressful situation.”
You’ll read how Collaros, who’d been ready to re-sign with the Argonauts just one day earlier, was sitting down for appetizers in a Toronto restaurant with his wife when, to their relief, the deadline passed – only to see his wife’s cheers turn to tears moments later.
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