Kyries Hebert: regina is a bunch of banjo-playing inbreds

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It's the most wonderful time of the year -- for football fans in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, that is.

The 40th annual Labour Day Classic goes this Sunday in Regina. As always, it features the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers against the host Saskatchewan Roughriders.

It's the biggest tilt of the year on the Prairies. The game sold out weeks ago, and thousands of Bombers fans will make the annual pilgrimage down the Trans-Canada Highway, including several hundred on bus tours.


Bombers safety Kyries Hebert will be playing in his first Classic this year, but he's already getting into the spirit.

"I don't know many people from Saskatchewan, but what I hear from one of my teammates was that they're a bunch of banjo-playing inbreds. That's what I heard," Hebert said with a smile. "But I don't think we're going to be playing any of those banjo-playing inbreds. We'll be playing the players of the team.

"And I'm excited about this, because I haven't been in a game of this importance in this league since I've been here. At this point of the season, this is a very big game, and I'm excited about it, so I plan on kicking ass all ... day ... long."

Hebert is dead on when talking about the importance of this weekend's game. It's not very often that the Bombers and 'Riders sport respectable records at the same time, but this year they're both 5-5.

The Bombers are tied for second in the East Division with the Toronto Argonauts. The Roughies, meanwhile, are alone in third place in the West, just four points back of the division-leading B.C. Lions.

Both teams could be 0-10, however, and the fans would still flock to Mosaic Stadium, just as they did in 2004, for example, when defensive end Tom Canada got his first taste of the Classic as a Bombers rookie.

"You don't really understand until you see it," Canada said. "Because when I first came here, I heard, 'Oh yeah, Saskatchewan' and you don't really know what to expect. But then when you get there it's a packed stadium and there's a bunch of drunk fans screaming at you. It's just fun. It's a fun place to play. I like playing over there.

"Even though it's Saskatchewan, it's still a fun place to play."


Canada vividly recalls the aftermath of the 2004 game, which the Bombers won 36-18.

"The fans stormed the field and it was like, 'I'm so wasted! Can I have your helmet?' " Canada said. "I was like, 'No, you can't have my helmet. I need this thing.' "

Another Classic rookie is Bombers head coach Doug Berry, who last experienced a big rivalry game when he was an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts.

"There used to be a huge one between Connecticut and Massachusetts, but then they changed conferences and that rivalry broke up," Berry said.

And while he has yet to taste this deep-rooted Canadian rivalry, he, too, knows what it means to the locals. In fact, he's already told his players the following story:

"I remember going down to the Auburn-Alabama game -- this was a long time ago -- and seeing a book being sold on the tables there outside the stadium," Berry said. "And the name of the book was Bragging Rights, and that's what games like this are all about.

"This is Manitoba-Saskatchewan bragging rights."

For the record, Saskatchewan still has the overall bragging rights, as the Roughriders lead the all-time Classic series 21-18.

Oh man, I wish I could go to Taylor field for the match-up

I'll be watching on TV, Prairie Bowl Weekend! and there is gonna be blood!

doesn't get any bigger than this, with the ezception of the Grey Cup.

I'm driving out to Regina for the game, 7th time in the last 8 years I will have gone! Go Bombers!

some of the best times i have had at a football game, was in Regina for Labour Day. :o

Luckily for me, I'll be at this one. And you wouldn't believe the amount of people I had to kill to get a ticket. . .

Wait, kill? No no, I meant . . . umm. . .

Runs off

Umm, go Riders!


Troy Westwood should look around him when the Riders play in Winnipeg. All those inbreds are the people we call Manitobans.

i really dont care what that fool (Kyries Hebert ) said :roll: just because 1 long hair freaky kicker called us names and now he called it the "banjo bowl" a week after the real game :stuck_out_tongue: we should all listen :lol: thats all the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are mouth pieces ! thank god they dont dance to! 8)

....don't forget ...we used to have all the dance moves...guess we'll have to start a few new ones on Sunday....go Bombers :rockin:


Saskatchewan is favoured by 27 points by a las vegas bookie. Does he know something we all should know???????????????

Riders Rule
Bombers Drool :rockin:

"Even though it's Saskatchewan, it's still a fun place to play."


That about says it all.

If the Bombers lose both games, will Troy “Banjohead” Westwood get a haircut?

... and if the Riders lose both games....will Danny Barret be the next coach replaced in the CFL.....Tilman is watching.... :lol: 8) 8)

Kyries Hebert is awesome. I hope to get him back when we get our team back.

That gives me an idea........

Nate Davis should challenge Troy Westwood. Loser on Labour Day has to shave his head! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

Who ever said that trash talk wasn't good box office? :wink:

Actually it doesn't matter which team comes out on top, westwood will be a looser no matter what.

Rocky B, you are right Westwood is a total idiot! No doubt about it! But you have to admit he sure boosts the Rider fans into a frenzy! :lol:

You're right, he does rile up some people. But actually I'm a big fan of troy westwood. Yeah it's true. In 2001 i was cheering for Calgary, and let's face it, without westwood, the Bombers probably would hve won that game! :lol: