It’s big and it’s bold and includes the expected amount of bling that comes with any championship ring. There are Manitoba nods and personal touches, and the whole package is dominated by the iconic ‘W’ as the featured element.

Some members of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers got their first look at their 2019 Grey Cup championship rings Thursday night in a private ceremony at Confusion Corner Drinks & Food and the reaction from the players, coaches and staff in attendance was a combination of pure joy mixed with silent wonderment.

“You’d probably think there was going to be a lot of yelling, a lot of shouting, a lot of oohs and aahs,” said Bombers slotback Nic Demski. “But, honestly, everybody was just silent because your breath is really taken away by this.

“It’s amazing. It’s unbelievable. It’s definitely a memory that’s going to last a lifetime.”

This was initially supposed to be a celebration that was to take place in the days before the home opener back in June. It was to be capped with a banner raising in what the club had hoped would have been a sold-out crowd at IG Field.

This was initially supposed to be a celebration that was to take place in the days before the home opener back in June. It was to be capped with a banner raising in what the club had hoped would have been a sold-out crowd at IG Field.

Bombers President & CEO was emotional in speaking to the crowd Thursday, lamenting what could have been, while also reminding the players to focus on the accomplishment from last November.

Both head coach Mike O’Shea and Kyle Walters echoed the same sentiments in their addresses. All this unfolded, meanwhile, as players and staff wait for some sort of news on a possible 2020 Canadian Football League season.

“I just wanted to see it, to be honest, because we’ve been waiting to see it for such a long time,” said Demski. “Obviously I wish all the teammates were here to open it up with them, but in times like this you can’t control that kind of stuff.

“We had some teammates here, but (the other players will) get their rings, we’ll meet again and I’m sure we’ll be able to talk about it then.”

Other Bisons alumni in attendance included Thomas Miles and Geoff Gray.   

For the full story:  https://www.cfl.ca/2020/08/11/demski-gc-ring-ceremony-memory-thats-going-last-lifetime/