Premier picks on Bombers prior to Banjo Bowl
Premier Brad Wall has a message for CFL fans as Saskatchewan's Roughriders take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this weekend.The Riders had a historic win on Sunday, beating the Bombers 48-25 in the Labour Day Classic.
The friendly rivalry continues on Sunday in Winnipeg — game time is 2 p.m. CST.
Wall took to Twitter to let Manitoba's premier, Greg Selinger, know about his Banjo Bowl message. Selinger tweeted back: "Well done video. How many takes? I’m betting 12…or was it 13?"
Origins of Banjo Bowl
The name for the game is rooted in quips made in 2003 by Troy Westwood, who was the kicker for Winnipeg at the time.
He jokingly referred to Saskatchewan fans as "banjo playing inbreds". That comment was the inspiration for a promotional campaign aimed at improving ticket sales for Winnipeg.
While Saskatchewan enjoyed a good gate at home with a traditional Winnipeg match falling on the Labour Day long weekend, Westwood said Winnipeg was keen to market the rematch in the following weekend.
"The Bombers were always wanting that day that Saskatchewan had, Labour Day," Westwood told CBC Radio host Craig Lederhouse of the Afternoon Edition. "And the league would never give it up. And then they were able to create a back to back situation for the Bombers. So now, this will be the tenth year. And nine of those years have been a sell-out for the Bombers. So, it's become an very important economic thing for the team."
The intent of the comment, he said, was to have fun and promote the rivalry between the two teams.
Westwood, now a sports commentator, said he is picking the Roughriders to win on Sunday.
According to Westwood, someone would have to be "drunk on blue and gold juice" to think Winnipeg could take the game.