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The worldwide reach of Barack Obama extends — to Canadian football

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Originally published on on Mon, 11/10/2008 – 4:19am

Celebrating a touchdown... and Barack Obama

We’ve seen the images on television: dancing in Kenya, kids jumping up and down in Indonesia, drinking and high-fives in places throughout Europe. The world celebrated the election of Barack Obama.

And now that worldwide celebration has reached a new realm: the Canadian Football League playoffs in Winnipeg.

When Romby Bryant scored on a 78-yard TD pass from Kevin Glenn in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ playoff game against Edmonton on Saturday, Bryant and his teammates celebrated by lifting their home team gold jerseys to reveal white Obama shirts.

The touchdown, which was the Blue Bombers first major score of the contest, was obviously the point where the shirts were supposed to be revealed.

Unlike in the NFL, the CFL doesn’t penalize for extended or unusual touchdown celebrations. So the CFL sees a number of strange practices when scoring in the end zone, though typically, they aren’t that political.

Unfortunately for the Blue Bombers, the magic didn’t extend to the end of the game. Edmonton edged Winnipeg 29-21 to advance to play Montréal.

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Written by democracysoup

November 10, 2008 at 4:19 am

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