Grey Cup loss haunts Bombers

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:09 PM ET

It’s been nearly two years since the teary night in Toronto, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers still haven’t beaten the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

A regular-season win doesn’t come close to avenging a Grey Cup loss, of course, but the Bombers wouldn’t mind knocking off their Prairie rivals sometime soon.

After downing the Bombers 23-19 in the 2007 Grey Cup at Rogers Centre, the Riders followed it up with a sweep of last year’s Labour Day Classic and Banjo Bowl.

The teams meet again on Sunday at Regina’s Mosaic Stadium in the 43rd edition of the Labour Day Classic.

The first Banjo Bowl was held in 2004, and the Bombers swept the two meetings that season. Since then Saskatchewan is 6-2 in the back-to-backs, including four consecutive wins in the Classic. They have a 24-18 edge overall.

Saskatchewan owns Winnipeg these days.

“It’ll make me all the more bitter,” Bombers middle linebacker Barrin Simpson said. “I’ll just go out there and get some get back.”

INJURY UPDATE: Slotback Terrence Edwards is on the Milt Stegall practice regimen, and he doesn’t like it one bit.

Stegall didn’t practise much last season to rest his wonky knee, and now Edwards, battling turf toe, is watching practices in an effort to be ready for Sunday’s game in Regina.

“I don’t like it. It’s boring,” Edwards said. “I have to sit out there all day in the sun and not do anything. But it’s helping me out with my toe, and I’ll be fresh for the game.”

Edwards plans to do a little practising today in an effort to get some timing down with quarterback Michael Bishop.

Defensive end Riall Johnson (foot) and safety Ian Logan (hamstring) won’t play against the Riders, while returner James Johnson (turf toe) is questionable.

FULL BOWL: The sixth annual Banjo Bowl is a sellout.

The last of the 30,000 or so tickets for the back half of the home-and-home series between the Bombers and Roughriders got scooped up yesterday afternoon.

Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. next Sunday at Canad Inns Stadium.

LATE HITS: The Bombers will practise this morning and then hop the bus to Regina this afternoon … The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed former Bomber special teamer Adrian Baird … The Bomber Store is hitting the road, like it always does this time of year. The store will be set up at the Brandon McDonald’s on the Trans-Canada Highway tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then at Mosaic Stadium on Sunday from 11 a.m. until kickoff.


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