The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have brought receiver Nic Demski home.
Running back Kienan LaFrance was released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday.
The former Manitoba Bison helped the Ottawa Redblacks win the 2016 Grey Cup.
The football club announced Wednesday the annual game on Saturday, September 9 at Investors Group Field is sold out.
Less than 150 single tickets are left for Saturday’s Banjo Bowl.
The annual Winnipeg Blue Bombers — Saskatchewan Roughriders tilt at Investors Group Field kicks off at 3 p.m.
Winnipeg is third in the West Division behind B.C. and Calgary after last weekend’s 28-25 win over Saskatchewan at the Labour Day Classic.
By The Canadian Press
TORONTO — The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced on Monday they have fired head coach Corey Chamblin, and vice president of football operations and general manager Brendan Taman.
The Roughriders are coming off a 35-13 loss to Ottawa on Sunday that dropped their record to 0-9. They are the only winless club in the CFL this season and sit in the West Division basement — six points behind the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who are 3-6.
“We are not meeting our expectations or our standards on the field and these changes were necessary to move us forward,” said Riders president and CEO Craig Reynolds.
Ahead of this weekend’s Banjo Bowl at Investors Group Field, fans of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers can take in Fan Appreciation Day.
On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., fans can mingle with mascots Buzz and Boomer, observe the Bombers’ walk-through practice, get player autographs and walk on the turf for family-friendly activities.
Free parking will be available in the “U” lot across from IGF on Chancellor Matheson Road.
The Bombers host the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a rematch Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is at 3 p.m.
By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers evened the score with their prairie rivals from Regina on Sunday afternoon with a 25-13 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the tenth edition of the Banjo Bowl in front of a sellout crowd of 33,500.
The victory — Winnipeg’s first at Investors Group Field — squares the all-time Banjo Bowl series at 5-5, and splits the home-and-home that began last week with Winnipeg’s 48-25 loss in Saskatchewan.
Blue Bombers faithful have stuck with this team through thick and thin this year, all despite going winless for over two months and compiling a shaggy 2-8 record.
“We’ve got incredible fans, and I’ve always said; they’ll let you know whenever you’re not doing what you need to get done,” said veteran left tackle Glenn January. “This is a community that demands the best from us, and rightfully so. They support us through thick and thin, and we know that it’s been a long while since this club has been able to reach the ultimate goal. And this is nowhere near a Grey Cup victory, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction for this club. It’s had some turmoil and change up to this point, and this is nothing more than a first step and hopefully we all understand that and continue to prepare the way that we did to help get this win.”
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:
— 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.