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Canadian Man Ends 18 Years Of Wearing Shorts After Blue Bombers' Grey Cup Win

MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

A Canadian man has put his pants back on because of this.

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UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: Three more Bombers have scored on seven of their last eight possessions. They have put the win back in Winnipeg. The Blue Bombers - 2019 Grey Cup Champions.

KELLY: That is the Winnipeg Blue Bombers winning the Canadian Football League championship yesterday. It's known as the Grey Cup. The Blue Bombers defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33 to 12 - their first title since 1990.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

Chris Matthew is a big fan of his hometown team, to say the least. That is why, 18 years ago, he declared that he would stop wearing pants until his team won the title. And so he did most everything in shorts. He told The Canadian Press that he even shoveled snow in shorts during Manitoba winters.

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CHRIS MATTHEW: Most people just think that there's something wrong with me, and I think maybe they're right.

CHANG: He did make an exception, though, for funerals.

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MATTHEW: But if the people, the family know about the shorts, I'll wear the shorts to the funeral. But other than that, I don't wear pants anywhere.

KELLY: Until yesterday. After his Blue Bombers finally triumphed yesterday, Matthew went on the field and put on a pair of camouflage track pants. His wife, Darla, was there. She was asked about them.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Your husband's wearing pants again.

DARLA: Yeah.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: Who picked them?

DARLA: Certainly not me. I actually know fashion.

CHANG: He told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation wearing pants again, I'm not sure yet. It's all new to me.

KELLY: Yeah. He also said that he has learned an important lesson about making promises.

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MATTHEW: Be careful of what you say because if you have to live up to it, sometimes it can be a little uncomfortable.

KELLY: Winnipeg Blue Bombers football fan Chris Matthew. And for the record, his wife says he still prefers shorts to pants. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


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