They say the real CFL season doesn’t begin until Labour Day. Well, here we are! The unofficial end of summer is upon us and the games mean more (well, not really, they are all worth the same in the standings in Week 1 as they are now and Week 20), but this is when the crowds get bigger and louder and the atmosphere changes just a bit.
The Labour Day weekend is famous for seeing all the crazy costumes and getups from the fans, everything from the Macho Man Rider Savage to the Rider Joker to just some random guys painting their bodies green. Yes, I used to be one of those guys back in 2007…
I do miss that afro…
But the Labour Day weekend is all about having fun. Fun with friends, family and fun with enemies. While we may rag on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and their fans (and vice versa), it’s all in good fun and we love having our Manitoba friends join us in Saskatchewan every year for the long weekend. Not much is better than having the small pockets of blue and gold in the middle of our sea of green and they are just as crazy as us. For example, they have their famous Golden Boy.
I mentioned that this weekend is about fun with family, friends and Bomber fans, but what does this weekend mean for you? What’s the best part of the weekend? Is there a Labour Day tradition you have? What’s your favourite Labour Day Classic weekend memory? For me, I go with 2007 and not just because of the way that game ended with Kerry Joseph taking a QB draw in for the winning touchdown. That day was the first time I got to meet and speak for a moment with the great George Reed. And that’s an experience that I will never forget.
As the beer flows, the fun is had, just remember that this weekend is all about fun. Be nice to Bomber fans (it’s not their fault they were born in Manitoba) and most importantly be safe! Make sure you have a safe ride back home.
Enjoy Labour Day weekend folks. It only comes once a year! GO RIDERS!!