Burke barbs add to Bombers-Riders rivalry

New Blue Bombers head coach Tim Burke will make his head coaching debut against the Roughriders in...

New Blue Bombers head coach Tim Burke will make his head coaching debut against the Roughriders in the 49th Labour Day Classic. (Jason Halstead/QMI Agency/Files)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:21 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Tim Burke knows what a football rivalry is all about.

Playful barbs always add a little spice, and the new Bombers head coach fired a fun one at the folks of Saskatchewan on Thursday when asked if he was a Pilsner fan or wanted fans at Mosaic Stadium to be throwing another kind of alcohol at him on Sunday when the Blue and Gold (2-6) take on the Roughriders (3-5).

“I’m more of an IPA (India Pale Ale) fan myself,” Burke said. “I like a little bit more hops in my beer. I’m a little tougher than those guys over in Saskatchewan.”

That drew some laughs from the media and caused Bombers PR man Darren Cameron to look a little concerned.

“You gotta add some punch to this game, right?” Burke said.

Burke will make his head coaching debut in the 49th Labour Day Classic, which is the biggest game of the year for both teams and their fans. Interestingly, it will be Burke’s first appearance on a football sideline since 1994, when he was a position coach at Ball State.

“It probably will be a little bit (strange),” Burke said. “I’m sure I’ll get heckled.”

Burke is looking forward to his first game as a sideline sergeant, but he figures he’ll get into the game shortly after kickoff and forget that he’s fulfilling his professional dream.

“I don’t know how much I’ll relish it,” he said. “I’ll enjoy it at the very beginning. I just hope I’m not peeing my pants at that point.”

Slotback Terrence Edwards left practice after taking a hit from defensive end Fernand Kashama, but Burke said Edwards will practise on Friday. Quarterback Buck Pierce was out with the flu, while linebacker Marcellus Bowman was resting undisclosed aches and pains but will be fine.


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