Labour Day Classic will put former Rider Drew Willy to the big test

Bombers quarterback Drew Willy won a Grey Cup as a backup in Saskatchewan last season and will...

Bombers quarterback Drew Willy won a Grey Cup as a backup in Saskatchewan last season and will renew acquaintances with old friends on Sunday. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

Paul Friesen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:13 PM ET

I jokingly suggested to a Winnipeg Blue Bombers staffer that they ingest quarterback Drew Willy with truth serum and some uppers before his Wednesday media scrum.

I figured the chemicals would give the usually laid-back signal-caller some extra spark when talking about about his first trip back to Regina to play his old team in Sunday’s Labour Day Classic.

And while Willy was his usual, even-keel self, he did acknowledge this tradition-rich encounter with the Riders might be worth just a tad more than some of the two-pointers his team has played this season.

“It’s a Western opponent,” Willy said. “After Labour Day we play a ton of West teams, so it’s going to show exactly where we stand in the West. I’m not saying it’s bigger than any other Western opponent, but obviously the rivalry makes it that much more fun to play in.”

OK, so it wasn’t scintillating, biggest-game-of-the-season stuff.

But two years in Saskatchewan have left this 27-year


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