I’ve been to every Labour Day Classic since 1987. The first 21 were spent in Taylor Field’s press box, where the reporters mingled with NFL and CFL scouts. Now I sit in the stands with my sons, nine rows behind the visiting team’s bench, where our neighbours high-five us after every Riders’ big play.
Kerry Joseph’s touchdown run? Saw it. Eleven straight Rider wins. Saw them all. The walk-off field goal by Justin Medlock, which snapped Winnipeg’s losing streak last year. Yep, in the last Labour Day Classic at Taylor Field.
There’s a new venue this year and it’s causing an extra buzz. Mosaic Stadium will be overpoweringly green with smatterings of blue-clad Bombers fans. Not everyone will be well-behaved.
The weather forecast predicts hot and sunny weather, so some of the pregame chatter regards fountains, the cost of water and how much H2O can be brought into the stadium. Two of the most confident teams in the CFL are about to meet in an important West Division battle. It’s going to be loud and it’s going to be hot.