Hip was always on: O’Shea

Hip was always on: O’Shea

Bombers coach Mike O'Shea.
Bombers coach Mike O’Shea.

It was music at work for Mike O’Shea, Wednesday.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach had his own way of paying tribute to the late Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip.

“Very sad day today, hearing the news,” O’Shea said after practice. “We’ve had the Hip cranked out here in the locker-room and in my office, too, for the majority of the day.”

O’Shea, from North Bay, Ont., described himself as a big fan of the band, saying their music provided the backdrop to his life for years.

“Finishing high school in ’89 and going through university, what I said to my son is basically every good time me and my high school buddies had… pretty well through that stretch the Hip was always playing in the background.

“It’s a sad day for Canada.”

O’Shea says he saw the Kingston-area band play live three times, and had one close encounter with Downie away from the musical arena.

“We had the same chiropractor for a bit, and I remember him sitting there, and he had one of his children with him. And I was just gob-smacked. So I didn’t go and say anything to him. I just stared at him, probably. It’s Gord Downie.” 

Published at Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:42:56 -0400