Saskatchewan Roughriders

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

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Banjo Bowl series history
First meeting September 12, 2004
First result WPG 27, SSK 24
Last Meeting September 9, 2012
Last Result SSK 25, WPG 24
Next Meeting @Blue Bombers September 8, 2013
Largest Victory SSK 55, WPG 10 (2009)
Smallest Victory SSK 25, WPG 24 (2012)
Largest Point Total SSK 55 (2009)
Smallest Point Total SSK 2 (2010)
Current streak SSK W2 (2011—present)
All-time series SSK 5-4

The Banjo Bowl is the annual rematch game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) after the Labour Day Classic.

While the traditional Labour Day Classic game is always played on the Sunday before Labour Day at Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field in Regina, Saskatchewan, there is usually a rematch on the following weekend between these two rival prairie teams at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The "Banjo Bowl" moniker was coined by Blue Bombers board member David Asper in early 2004, inspired by an infamous comment made by Bombers placekicker Troy Westwood in the week prior to a 2003 Western Division Semi-final game between the two teams. Westwood was quoted in the media as saying that people from Regina were "a bunch of banjo-pickin' inbreds."[1] He later apologized half-heartedly for those comments, saying that "the vast majority of the people in Saskatchewan have no idea how to play the banjo."[2] This further fueled the Winnipeg–Saskatchewan football rivalry and has made the rematch game even more of an event. The game is sponsored by the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation. The game has been sold out every year since 2005. As of the 2012 season, the Saskatchewan Roughriders lead the series 5-4.

As on Labour Day weekend when many Winnipeg fans visit Regina to support the Bombers, many Saskatchewan fans visit Winnipeg the following weekend to support the 'Riders. Many come, tongue-in-cheek, with banjos.


  • September 12, 2004: Winnipeg 27 – Saskatchewan 24[3]
  • September 10, 2005: Winnipeg 17 – Saskatchewan 19[4]
  • September 10, 2006: Winnipeg 27 – Saskatchewan 23[5]
  • September 9, 2007: Winnipeg 34 – Saskatchewan 15[6]
  • September 7, 2008: Winnipeg 31 - Saskatchewan 34[7]
  • September 13, 2009 Winnipeg 10 - Saskatchewan 55[8]
  • September 12, 2010 Winnipeg 31 - Saskatchewan 2[9]
  • September 11, 2011 Winnipeg 23 - Saskatchewan 45[10]
  • September 9, 2012 Winnipeg 24 - Saskatchewan 25[11]


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