The customary zingers are flying and the bets are on as fans of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers gear up for the Banjo Bowl.
It’s a fitting game for the rubber match of the season between the two West Division rivals.
Regina Mayor Michael Fougere will be at Investors Group Field, after he was invited by Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman.
“I’ll be wearing green, no question about that, and I can take the heckling,” laughed Fougere.
Though the pair haven’t nailed any specifics down yet, the two mayors will have something on the line.
“We’ll have a wager before the game starts. I’m thinking about a few things,” Fougere smiled, though he couldn’t offer what that might be.
Wearing green in the heart of blue and gold territory is sure to illicit some jokes and shots from fans. If there’s a fan base that knows about friendly ribbing, it’s Rider Nation. Premier Brad Wall put that on full display in 2013, showcasing his banjo skills.
It’s no different this year as Saskatchewan fans from across the country are having a little fun at the expense of the Bombers. A couple of dedicated Rider supporters out west posted on the CJME Green Zone Facebook page again using the musical instrument to poke fun.
“Here in Kelowna, I’m just sharpening up my banjo skills just like Premier Brad Wall, getting for the Banjo Bowl on Saturday,” said a girl wearing a white Rider jersey in a video.
“And after we can make some wine for those Bomber fans. They’re gonna need it,” quipped a boy in a green jersey holding a basket of grapes.
Winnipeg won the first meeting between the teams in Week 1 30-26. The Riders bounced back in the second game, winning 37-19 in the Labour Day Classic.