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HOT TOPICS OF THE WEEK
This weekend there was little dispute about the hot topic around the CFL. With Labour Day a week behind us, it was time for the Banjo Bowl, as Riders and Bombers fans pack Canad Inns Stadium in one of the hottest rivalries the league's ever seen.
Lately the two teams have only added fuel to the fire with many exciting storylines coming in. The Riders came into Labour Day with a five-game losing streak, while the Bombers were set to debut a new head coach in place of Paul LaPolice, who was let go.
After a 52-0 wash for the Riders back in Regina on Labour Day, the Banjo Bowl became about revenge for the Bombers and their fans, leading to an epic, highly-anticipated meeting on Sunday. Here are some of your best comments on a great brewing rivalry:
@frdarryl Umm. I don't have much of a voice right now! #CFL #Riders #BanjoBowl
@K_Bakanec THRILLER!! #Riders win on DeAngelis' last-play FG!! #Jes! #BanjoBowl #ShakingRightNow
@BlueJane52 AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! #goriders what a way to finish! #cfl #banjobowl A win is a win. Not the prettiest but the ending was right.
@Twindsay Mondays after Banjo Bowl are soooo tough! Banjo Bowl should be on a Saturday! #tired #banjobowl #cfl #ouch
@CourtneyJane47 Such a great time at #banjobowl! Was hoping for a win but still a good game! And awesome being on @ctvwinnipeg!
@ignite_mike woke up this morning screaming "you always kick the field goal!" #ItWasntaDream #banjobowl #CFL #Winnipeg
@MissMeganCz I keep setting my pvr to record “The Biggest Loser” and for some reason it keeps taping Bomber games #BANJOBOWL
@Miss_Snov Childhood dream came true today. Sat in the @Wpg_BlueBombers stadium and cheered them on at the #BanjoBowl
@ErinThompson16 That's what you call being on the edge of your seat #riders #banjobowl
@xEvanTPSx Best part of the #BanjoBowl was the sign that read: "That play was a crime. Somebody call LaPolice!"
Speaking of the Banjo Bowl, one of the biggest stages this season for the Bombers, an unlikely character stepped into the game to play a key role, as rookie quarterback Drew Willy was forced into action in the first quarter after Darian Durant left the game with an injury.
What an introduction it was for Drew Willy, in the middle of a heated rivalry and up against a hungry defence and an even hungrier crowd at Canad Inns Stadium.
The 25-year-old stayed delivered though, calmly moving the Riders into field goal range in under half a minute's work, and eventually leading the Green and White to a thrilling 25-24 win over the Bombers.
Suddenly, a Banjo Bowl legend was born, and Riders fans have already started embracing their young rookie quarterback. Here are some of your rections:
@DaBear67 @Drew_Willy big win yesterday...keep riding that wave #RiderFans #RiderNation
@maguirb @Drew_Willy Wicked last drive! Thanks for the awesomeness of the final 28 seconds! What a feeling! Go #Riders!
@tberbs18 Drew willy just became the new unofficial mayor of swaggerville @sportscage #riders #cfl #lapolice #boomgoesthedynamite
@Painstorm77 @Drew_Willy Great game Drew!!! WPG is hostile territory and you did a great job...awesome team win! #riderpride Related Links
CGY @ EDM
Peter A. Bergbusch It's fun to see KJ getting another chance. The Riders made a big mistake when they let him go and the Argos stiffed him.
Ashi Minhas Not an esks fan but gotta tip my hat to joseph. Played great in the labor day game and the previous one as well.a saavy veteran qb! Good on him!
@JoshSmithBWW Last year, the Burris bomb; this year, the botched snap Hail Mary. What a way to end the half. #Esks #CalStampeders #CFL
@AndrijKrochak What an incredible ending to the #Stamps & #Esks game! #CFL #NotFinishedUntilTheClockIsDone
Chris Gates Cornish is a Beast! Go Stamps Go!
Scott O'Donnell Even though we lost, Sharun deserves a shout out for that touchdown at the end of the first half.
@PeteGingras How do Calgary fans spell sweep? S-T-A-M-P-S!!!!! Another thriller in the oil patch. #Stamps beat #Esks on a last play missed fg. #woot #cfl
Genre Slur Corn Dog: the most favoured food at the Fair. Horsepower to Calgary's o-line, as well as to the receivers for getting better at the downfield blocking.
HAM @ TOR
Kyle Kluchewski That is what happens when you overpay fantuz.... Maybe he will realize he's just an average receiver now.
@pixnpucks Chad Kackert making a lot of people say "Cory Who?" today..... 3 TDS and looking dynamite on all of them. #argos #ticats #CFL
Ryan Smith 3 TDs for #44...As Jim Barker said during a pre-season game in Winnipeg in 2011 as Kackert rumbled for an amazing 70 yard TD..."He's a keeper!"
@BoxJBoys (After Dontrelle Inman's collision with the goal post) The goal post is the best #Ticats DB out there!! Sign'em!! #CFL #Argos
Butros Butros Bailey If the Argos ever fire on all cylinders for 60 minutes they will be the hardest team to beat come November.
@ill_will_35 (Willie Pile) HUGE 4 pt win for the #Argos over #Ticats! Playoffs squarely in focus, now fine tune to play ONE home game to host #GC100! #AllHandsOnDeck
MTL @ BC
@RayRay2233 #Stamps won both. #Argos about to. Time for the #Lions to buck the trend and beat down the #Als. Let's gooooo @BCLions #CFL @CFLonTSN
@joeyalfieri Touchdown! Jamel Richardson...The #BCLions had not given up an open drive td all season. #Alouettes have done it back to back weeks 7-3 Als
@DaveDawson7 I can't think of one player in the #CFL who has been hit more times in one season than Shawn Gore. #Lions #Als
@CFLNumber1Fan It would appear this #leadissafe - an uninspired #Alouettes team! #BCLions #CFL #TSN
@Troy_Gillard Apologies for the obvious pun... but the #Alouettes are being mauled by the #BCLions. The boys in orange are dominating this one. #CFL
Sheryl Wi Great game, amazing to see them all meshing as one.... Seems to be coming together, one of the best overall performances of the season, in my opinion !!!
@brown_down Montreal #Als will win a game vs #BCLions at BC Place sometime in the 3rd millennium SSK @ WPG
@GlobalJesus Holy Sheets! Tune up the Banjos... The #Riders are ready for a #Bombers beatdown #CFL
@nmq95 #CFL at the half means, beer run! #Riders #Bombers bring on second half!
Chad Erickson What a great game, and cudos to Drew Willy being thrown into that atmosphere and against a very hungry team after last week. Definately a different bomber team. Willy mad a few mistakes but looks very promising as a young quarterback. Hope we keep him.
@dylanboz306 WOOOOO! Atta boy @Drew_Willy! Way to perform under pressure and grab that win! 25-24 #Riders over #Bombers in the #BanjoBowl!
@AllKindsOfClay Ok #RiderNation we can all breath now. #banjobowl #win that was too close #CFL #Riders #Bombers #CFLinsanity
@SteveMills10 How 'bout them #riders!! Or should I say...Thank You #Bombers.... Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory... 5-5!!
Tyson Varga Haha, seriously can't only blame the coach, if the punter would have kicked it better and pinned the riders back. He would have been a hero. People only focus on one bad thing not the other. GO RIDERS GO!!!!
@Drofmab #Bombers uphold Manitoba's friendly reputation by throwing game to guests in their home. #ClassAct #GoBombers #BanjoBowl #Riders #mbtc
|2||Blue Bombers||DE||Mulumba, Andy|
|3||Alouettes via EDM||LB||Edem, Mike|