When the Winnipeg blue bombers lost the final part of the Western division of the CFL on Sunday, it left a big bird on a long limb.
James Dayton, who will celebrate his 30 year as a tall, lanky bird talisman, known as Boomer — one half of a duet of Buzz and Boomer — made a commitment a few years ago so that he could regret it.
He said he would not retire until the bombers won the Gray Cup again. When the team failed to get into the big game on Sunday, it extended the drought of the Blue and Gold Championship to 28 years.
“It’s like a crusade, you might say, and now I don’t want to be the guy who goes out of work,” said Dayton, 55, who spends his days as a financial agent for Air Canada.
“In my first year of 1988, we had a victory, and I thought:“ It’s so simple by winning the “Gray Cups”, and then in 1990 we will win again. I thought, “Well, every couple of years we will win. & # 39; "
Bombers reached the championship five times since the last in 1990 – 1992, 1993, 2001, 2007 and 2011, but did not reach the first place.
Despite all this time, since the team and its players last passed by the center of the city, like heroes, fans stood, Dayton said, knocking over their hat.
"Our fans are fantastic, I really respect them, and I would like to celebrate with them."
At the start of the West finals against Calgary Stampers, Dayton began making plans to make many high fives.
“I thought,“ This is it, this is a year, ”and then everything began to slide,” he said. "Calgary seemed to have reached its position and, of course, the end result was disappointing."
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Deighton, who proudly displays the Gray Cups ring, engraved in the last championship in 1990, presented to him as a gift from the team, got his start in a suit as an emergency call.
At that time, his friend was the team's marketing director and invited Deighton to watch the game from the side.
The Buzz man fell from the injury, and Dayton slipped in gear and was “terrible,” he said.
People who did not know that he was in a suit talked about how bad Buzz’s rhythm and time were that day. However, he kept the concert going to Bumer when Buzz was healed.
“I put the work into an understanding of the audience, our fans, what makes them tick, as well as the flow of the game, as well as collect parodies,” Dayton said.
"By doing this, I was able to learn the craft of the talisman."
From the very beginning, he saw about a dozen people who came and went as a character from Buzz, as the demands and physical exhaustion of work affect.
“When you are dealing with a very wet day, it is actually dangerous. You should be able to, ”said Dayton, who goes to the gym every day.
When you are dealing with a very wet day, it is actually dangerous. You should be able to. – James Dayton
Now he is preparing others for execution, and the responsibilities are distributed to several people, and a team of nine shares this role.
Deighton still does the antics of playing day, but a large group shares the 180th annual public and public appearances.
These include some of the following weekend.
Although he will not be behind the bench with the players in blue and gold, Dayton (and Boomer) will be at the Gray Cup in Edmonton.
He will be wearing costume in Touchdown Manitoba, a social event in the style of Manitoba, in which groups participate, players' autographs, a silent auction and Old Dutch potato chips.
He will also be at Bomber House, the official fan team of the team during the Gray Cup festival.
"And I will participate in the game like me."