Game isn't about trophy

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

The Saskatchewan Roughriders want to win today's game, but they don't want the trophy that goes along with it.

The two points will do just fine.

The third annual Banjo Bowl, incorporated after Winnipeg Blue Bomber placekicker Troy Westwood made a famous quip about Saskatchewanians, goes this afternoon at Canad Inns Stadium.

Three years after Westwood opened his trap, Roughriders head coach Danny Barrett is still miffed that the comment about the province's people became the name of a game.

VALUABLE POINTS

But the CFL mandates they play the game, so Barrett will lead his troops onto the field in their quest to sweep the home-and-home series.

And those two points are looking rather valuable right now.

The Roughriders, who have won three straight, can move into a second-place tie with the Calgary Stampeders in the West Division with a victory today.

The Bombers, who have lost four in a row and four straight at home, can move to within two points of first place in the East Division lead.

Not only that, but the West Division's Edmonton Eskimos are only two points back of the third-place Bombers in their quest to secure a crossover playoff berth after a come-from-behind 35-26 win over the Calgary Stampeders in Edmonton Friday night.

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REMEMBER WHEN ...

Roughriders DB Eddie Davis picked off Bombers QB Kevin Glenn with 42 seconds left in last year's Banjo Bowl to preserve a 19-17 Saskatchewan victory? The fireworks didn't stop there, as team board member David Asper berated head coach Jim Daley in the locker-room after the game and had to be escorted away by president and CEO Lyle Bauer.

KEEP AN EYE ON ...

Winnipeg's Kyries Hebert, No. 23

Now it's really time to find out whether he was worth the hassle the Bombers went through to get him. He will line up primarily at linebacker after playing safety the last two months. His No. 1 job will be helping stop the 'Riders from getting their running game going.

QUIRKY STAT ...

The Roughriders are 2-15 at Canad Inns Stadium since 1990. The Green and White won 19-17 in last year's Banjo Bowl and 49-18 in 1994.

FORECAST ...

Sunny with a south wind at 20 km/h. High of 22 C.

FINAL SAY ...

"That's the first time I've heard that word all week. You guys know how I feel about it, so I won't even get into it."

-- Riders head coach Danny Barrett, when asked what it would mean to take a 2-1 lead in the Banjo Bowl series.


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