Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took the first shot across the bow Friday ahead of this weekend’s Banjo Bowl.
With a banjo in hand (naturally), Wall took a jab at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a 19-second YouTube clip as they prepare for a rematch Sunday against the visiting Roughriders.
“Oh, hi. I was just playing the banjo,” Wall said as he turns to the camera after strumming a few chords. “You know, it’s funny. I practice a lot… it turns out I’m just not very good at it. Kind of like the Bombers — at football.”
The video was well on its way to going viral, with those on Twitter forwarding the link to Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger asking for his response.
Hall wore a Gene Makowsky jersey to do his trash-talking. The offensive lineman spent 17 seasons and his entire CFL career with the Roughriders before retiring in 2012.
Selinger responded via Twitter a few hours later:
.@PremierBradWall Well done video. How many takes? I’m betting 12…or was it 13? #flagontheplay #GoBlue
— Greg Selinger (@GregSelinger) September 6, 2013
The Bombers dropped their ninth-straight Labour Day Classic last week in Regina, suffering a 48-25 loss to their green and white rivals. Sunday’s game is played amid a weekend full of Banjo Bowl-related activities around the city. Kickoff at Investors Group Field is at 3 p.m.