20 things you should know

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:39 AM ET

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

1. The Bombers and Roughriders have met in Winnipeg a week after the Labour Day Classic 10 times since 1977. The Bombers are 8-2 in those meetings.

2. Former Roughriders in Winnipeg include GM Brendan Taman, defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall, cornerback Omar Evans, safety Shawn Gallant, quarterback Kevin Glenn, kick returner Albert Johnson III and long snapper Chris Cvetkovic.

3. Believe it or not, the Bombers lost four in a row only once last season, and that was to start the year.

4. Slotback Milt Stegall has 21 touchdowns in 19 career games against Saskatchewan.

5. The Bombers have scored a measly 17 points in the third quarter this season. That means they're averaging 1.5 points in the stanza.

6. The Blue and Gold have lost four straight to the Green and White dating back to last season. Saskatchewan has outscored Winnipeg 145-70 during that span.

7. The Bombers need to win their last three home games if they're going to reach 300 victories at home. Winnipeg has lost four straight at the Stadium, where its all-time record is 297-170-5-1.

8. Winnipeg is 3-2 on the road and 2-4 at home this season.

9. The last time the Bombers lost five straight games was when they dropped seven in a row between Aug. 6 and Sept. 18, 1999.

10. The Bombers have owned the Roughriders since 1950. Winnipeg is 101-66-3 against Saskatchewan in the last 56 years.

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SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

1. The Roughriders and Bombers have both won one Banjo Bowl contest since the game was incorporated three years ago.

2. In their last three games overall, the Roughriders have outscored their opponents 136-35.

3. The Roughriders have a 22-18 edge over the Bombers in the Labour Day Classic series.

4. Running back Kenton Keith, who became a Bomber killer the first time he played them in the 2003 West Division semifinal, is averaging 116 rushing yards against Winnipeg in his last three games.

5. From the strange but true department: Wide receiver Corey Grant, who scored a touchdown against the Bombers in Sunday's Labour Day Classic, has punted against Winnipeg before. He delivered a 27-yard boot on Oct. 20, 2000, when he was a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

6. Saskatchewan hasn't hosted a playoff game at Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field since 1988.

7. The 'Riders have released cornerback Almondo Curry, who was acquired from Montreal before the season for quarterback Nealon Greene. Rookie James Johnson has replaced Curry.

8. The last time Saskatchewan had the CFL's most outstanding player was in 1976, when quarterback Ron Lancaster won the honour. The other seven CFL teams have all had at least two winners since then.

9. The Roughriders had six CFL all-stars in 2005, and all but one are still with the team. Cornerback Omarr Morgan, defensive back Eddie Davis, defensive tackle Scott Schultz, offensive guard Andrew Greene and offensive tackle Gene Makowsky are still in Regina, while kick returner Corey Holmes was traded to Hamilton.

10. The Roughies feature one of the hottest placekickers in the league. Rookie Luca Congi had his streak of 21 consecutive field goals snapped in Sunday's Labour Day Classic.


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