Banjo-pickin' Troy?

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

The thought of ex-Bomber kicker Troy Westwood playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders -- against his former team in the Banjo Bowl, no less -- is almost unfathomable.

It will not be happening Sunday at Canad Inns Stadium, but it was more than a crazy notion for a few hours earlier this week.

"That would have been something," Westwood said last night. "It could've been beautiful."

When Westwood learned Riders punter/kickoff specialist Jamie Boreham wasn't going to play because of a sprained ankle, he sprang into action.

"My agent (Gil Scott) contacted them and planted the seed," said Westwood, who now writes a column for the Sun. "And I guess after a couple days they decided to go with (placekicker Luca) Congi."

Saskatchewan GM Eric Tillman said last night Westwood was never really close to suiting up the Riders, but that doesn't mean he didn't listen to the 41-year-old's pitch.

Tillman said there was no hint from Westwood he was trying to get back at the Bombers for cutting him loose in June after 17 seasons. He was adamant Westwood wanted a chance to resume his career.

It was Westwood's barb about Saskatchewanians in 2003 that led to the naming of the Banjo Bowl. He called them banjo-pickin' inbreds but later apologized, saying they didn't know how to play the banjo.


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