Beating Riders on Labour Day would be big win for Bombers

Bombers OL Steve Morley says nothing would be sweeter than winning in Saskatchewan on Labour Day,...

Bombers OL Steve Morley says nothing would be sweeter than winning in Saskatchewan on Labour Day, something the Bombers haven't done in a decade. (QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

It was a kicker who poured gasoline all over this prairie wildfire a decade ago, so why not go to a kicker again for an encore?

 

Blue Bomber rookie Lirim Hajrullahu was minutes from hopping on a Greyhound for his first Labour Day weekend trip to Regina, Friday, when I asked him if he knew how an old left-footer helped turn this rivalry into what it is today.

“I’ve heard about that,” Hajrullahu said. “It’s pretty fascinating stuff.”

So, if Troy Westwood called Riders fans “banjo-picking inbreds” on the eve of the Labour Day Classic 11 years ago, what would Hajrullahu call them today?

A smile broke out over the kid’s face.

“No,” he said. “I can’t. I don’t need to respond to what any of the fans in Saskatchewan say or do.

“They’re very dedicated. They bleed the green. Hopefully we’ll get some fans out there that bleed blue and gold and give us a little boost.”

One last chance: do they know how to play the banjo?

“No comment.”


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