Even in a pandemic, prairie rivalries stay strong.
The Abundant Life Baptist Church in Winnipeg put a CFL-inspired message on its sign this past weekend. Located on Plessis Road in northeast Winnipeg, the slogan targeted members of Rider Nation.
“WEAR A MASK,” read the sign. “IT’S NOT LIKE WE’RE ASKING YOU TO WEAR A RIDERS JERSEY.”
Blue Bombers fullback John Rush tweeted the photo on and it went viral, garnering over 400 retweets and over 2,750 likes.
It’s a little shady in Winnipeg today 😎 😂 pic.twitter.com/p3IUF1cR3M
— John Rush 🐶🌱 (@JohnRush32) November 28, 2020
The Bombers visited the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2019 West Final, narrowly securing a 20-13 victory at Mosaic Stadium. It marked the first time the prairie rivals met in the West Final since 1972.
Winnipeg went on to upset the Tiger-Cats in the Grey Cup, defeating Hamilton by a score of 33-12.
The sign is a clever take on the COVID-19 pandemic. We could all use a little levity and we applaud the Abundant Life Baptist Church for providing CFL fans with a much-needed laugh this weekend.