It’s time for Banjo Bowl 2022

It’s time for Banjo Bowl 2022
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Banjo Bowl 2022 is this weekend

It’s time for the Banjo Bowl 2022. For fans of the Blue Bombers and Roughriders alike this weeks’ round of games brings an annual classic. Of course we are just coming off a very enjoyable slate of traditional labour day classic match-ups.

Now, because of the Banjo Bowl 2022 being played this coming weekend it is time to get ready for a raucous crowd, a sold out game and the hope of a match-up as competitive as the one these two just put on in Regina.

For these two teams this annual fixture always carries an added significance. Because, as we have said, for this week they are battling for the now famous, (or infamous depending on your point of view), ‘Banjo Bowl’.

Why is it called that?

It may not be the Grey Cup and it’s only of interest to these two teams but still the competition for this in-season trophy will be fierce.

So where does the Banjo Bowl name come from and what is it all about? According to Wikipedia, ‘the “Banjo Bowl” moniker was coined by a Blue Bombers board member in early 2004, inspired by an infamous comment made by Bombers kicker Troy Westwood in the week prior to a 2003 Western Division Semi-final game between the two teams.’

In a media interview, Westwood had referred to fans of the Riders as “A bunch of banjo pickin’ inbreds”. Before the two teams met in the 2003 West semifinal he apologized for the comment, in the most tongue in cheek way possible; He said “the vast majority of the people in Saskatchewan have no idea how to play the banjo.”

Westwood himself has attributed this all to growing up in the cauldron of the Bombers-Riders rivalry and pointed out many times that it was all in fun and that his mother’s side of the family is from Regina.

It may not be an official event but you can bet both sets of fans will be up for this one and you can expect a loud, sold-out crowd to be in full voice.

Banjo Bowl Results:

This will be the 18th ‘Banjo Bowl’ match-up and the Bombers currently lead the series 10-7.

The teams have split the back-to-back series seven times: 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019. Each time Saskatchewan won the Labour Day Classic and then Winnipeg won the Banjo Bowl at home.

Saskatchewan has swept the Labour Day-Banjo Bowl matchups seven times, in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2018.  

Winnipeg has swept the series three times, in 2004, 2016 & 2021. They have a chance to do that again this year.

This is how the series has played out so far.

BB1 Sept. 12, 2004 – Bombers 27 Riders 24

BB2 Sept. 10, 2005 – Riders 19 Bombers 17

BB3 Sept. 10, 2006 – Bombers 27 Riders 23

BB4 Sept. 9, 2007 – Bombers 34 Riders 15

BB5 Sept. 7, 2008 – Riders 34 Bombers 31

BB6 Sept. 13, 2009 – Riders 55 Bombers 10

BB7 Sept. 12, 2010 – Bombers 31 Riders 2

BB8 Sept. 11, 2011 – Riders 45 Bombers 23

BB9 Sept. 9, 2012 – Riders 25 Bombers 24

BB10 Sept. 8, 2013 – Bombers 25 Riders 13

BB11 Sept. 7, 2014 – Riders 30 Bombers 24

BB12 Sept. 12, 2015 – Bombers 22 Riders 7

BB13 Sept. 10, 2016 – Bombers 17 Riders 10

BB14 Sept. 9, 2017 – Bombers 48 Riders 28

BB15 Sept. 8, 2018 – Riders 32 Bombers 27

BB16 Sept. 7, 2019 – Bombers 35 Roughriders 10

BB17 Sept. 11, 2021 – Bombers 33 Riders 9

BB18 Sept. 10, 2022 – ????????????

Banner Image: The Blue Bombers and Roughriders lock horns. Image from

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