The Labour Day weekend means one thing to football fans on the Prairies: the annual showdown between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Regina.
There was a time when the Roughriders dominated the game that has come to be known as the Labour Day Classic. From 2005-2015, the Riders won the LDC every single year. More recently, Winnipeg has managed a couple wins in the last few years, including a 23-8 victory one year ago. The game even has its own Wikipedia page, so you can go back and look at the results over the years. The Riders lead the all-time series 37-19.
Down in Estevan with their closer proximity to Regina, a number of season ticket holders will be making the trip up the highway to take in the green and white versus the blue and gold. One of those is Kevin Mortenson, who attends Riders games with his family.
"We always kind of treated this as our Grey Cup or Super Bowl," said Mortenson, who has been a season ticket holder since 2006. "Both Saskatchewan and Manitoba...we've got the same mentality towards the game. We've both got pretty good passion about our football teams."
"It's just something that everybody looks forward to in this province. Kind of like a gateway to close off summer."
Mortenson also described what it's like to be in the stands for a game of this magnitude.
"You definitely get goosebumps," he said. "It's like a gust of wind hitting you in the face when they start to bring (the players) out. Someone who's passionate about football like me, I almost start crying, because it's just like "wow," he laughed.
"You can tell there's a lot of passion in that stadium."
As for this year, Mortenson is leaning towards a Rider win.
"I've still got to go with the Riders...I'm going to say they're going to squeak out a 33-30 win."
Kick off is at 4 p.m. Sunday at Mosaic Stadium.