Herd hopes for happy homecoming

KEN WIEBE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

Homecoming weekend means different things to different people.

Sure, there's the rowdiness around campus and the buzz associated with return of alumni, but for the Manitoba Bisons football team, it's a big day at the office as they face the upstart Calgary Dinos at 1 p.m. at University Stadium (101.5 UM-FM, Shaw TV).

"Homecoming is always a good time and a good atmosphere," said Bisons fifth-year safety Bob Reist.

"It's nice to get out there and put on a show for the people and it would be nice to get another win."

The Bisons, who are riding an 11-game regular season winning streak, have won four consecutive homecoming games, including last year's 33-10 triumph over the Dinos.

"We definitely want to keep that streak alive," said Bisons fifth-year cornerback Mike Howard.

Bisons head coach Brian Dobie says the annual homecoming game has taken on special significance since 1999.

"The profile and the perception of the program has really grown," said Dobie. "We've been a pretty dominant team on a national level and that's been respected and appreciated in the football community and the sports community.

"Homecoming is about pride and it's a lot easier to be proud of any entity when it's having some success and generating positive things. Homecoming is special for us and the university, there's no doubt about it."

The Dinos, who were 2-6 last season, are off to a 1-1 start and coming off an impressive showing where they put a scare into the Saskatchewan Huskies before falling 27-13.

There's also another interesting local connection as the Dinos quarterback is Jordan Flagel, the son of former Winnipeg Blue Bombers safety Scott Flagel.

"He's a young quarterback who is getting better every week," said Dobie.

Flagel is 16 of 29 for 266 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions and has rushed the ball five times for 46 yards through the first two weeks of the Canada West season.

HERD NOTES: The Score TV personality Cabbie will be attending the homecoming game and compiling footage for a Cabbie on the Street segment to be aired at a later date.


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