The Labour Day Classic has had a little more meaning the last few years thanks to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers being back in the West Division.
For many years the Bombers were in the East and the Riders in the West. Most times when they were in the same division, one team was bad, one team was good or both were playing below average football.
But now for three of the last four seasons, going into Labour Day, these games actually mean much more than just prairie bragging rights. The Bombers are talking about this being the official start to kicking their second half of the season into full swing.
The Riders are talking about keeping the momentum going to chase down a home playoff game.
The fans will still have their fun in the stands and the players will enjoy the atmosphere.
But it’s so much nicer having the Labour Day Classic matter in the standings. It just adds a little more spice to an already heated rivalry.