This is what it's all about

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

REGINA -- Corey Jenkins stepped off the team bus yesterday and into a sea of green-clad fans.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker couldn't have been happier to be in the land of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"I can tell already that this is going to be nice," the Labour Day Classic rookie said. "I'd like to go ahead and suit up now and get it over with, but I'm going to try to enjoy the festivities a little bit."

Jenkins expects today's 41st Classic to resemble the South Carolina-Clemson clashes from his college days.

"That's a big, big rivalry," said Jenkins, who played quarterback for South Carolina. "That's the last game of the season for us in college, and we stayed like an hour away. We had to stay an hour away."

The Bombers also stay about an hour away, down the Trans-Canada Highway in Moose Jaw, to get away from the craziness that is Saturday night in the Queen City.

Relaxing at the spa in The Jaw hasn't helped the Bombers in the last two Classics, as they fell 39-12 last year and 45-26 in 2005.

None of the 40 previous Labour Day clashes matter today, though. The Bombers lead the East Division with a 5-2-1 mark, while the Roughriders are second in the West at 6-2.

Could it be a Grey Cup preview? Sure it could. There are only eight teams in the league. Check back with us in a couple of months.

Will it be a heck of a good time for the rabid Prairie football fans who sold this game out on July 16? You bet.

"I like this," Jenkins said. "This is what football's all about."


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