Fighting Spirit

SCOTT UNGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

Sadly, Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Troy Westwood is haunted by a rhythmic prairie chant that would be characterized by many in the crowd here tonight as grotesque.

It's the Saskatchewan Roughriders fight song and, sadly, the longest serving Blue Bomber knows more words to it than his own team's chant.

"They play the fight song a lot in Saskatchewan, so I am probably more familiar with the fight song in Saskatchewan than our own," Westwood conceded.

It's so bad he even hears it in his sleep.

"I wake up sometimes with nightmares about the Saskatchewan fight song and seeing, what's that weasel called," Westwood motioned to Bomber Brian Guebert a couple stalls over.

"Gainer," the Saskatchewanite replied.

"Ya, Gainer the Gopher," Westwood continued. "I see him and shake my head, wake up crying sometimes."

In fact, when asked what the Blue Bombers fight song is, Westwood's thoughts immediately went back to the Riders when he recited this little ditty.

RATHER BE A BOMBER

"I'd rather be a Bomber that a (use your imagination here) Roughrider," Westwood hummed. "That's the only one I know."

"That's our unofficial fight song, especially on Labour Day."

As therapy, and every Bomber fan can help him out with this, Westwood is determined to learn his team's fight song.

"We could maybe even get the whole team in a chorus line and do the kick. Cvety (long snapper Chris Cvetkovic) is really good at that," Westwood said.

"We have so many Saskatchewan guys in here, it would be so much better to get them to sing in our fight song. I'd be beautiful."

While this is all in jest, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers fight song is quite real, as you can see on this page. So memorize it and be ready to chant it at any moment this season, especially on Labour Day.

After all, I'd rather a Bomber than a ...


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