Bo Levi Mitchell embraces the heel role, especially at Mosaic Stadium.
The Calgary Stampeders franchise quarterback has a love-hate relationship with Saskatchewan Roughriders fans.
“I like being the villain when I go into Sask, it’s a fun feeling. I love antagonizing those guys before the game because I don’t ever want to show up to Sask and the crowd not be full and them not hate me,” Mitchell said on CBC’s Player’s Own Voice podcast.
“I love walking out of there with a win, and when we don’t I want it to be an absolute battle and I want to be limping off the field.”
Calgary has one trip to Regina on the 2021 CFL schedule: Saturday, October 9 at 5 p.m. CT. Mitchell missed out on the 2019 match-up in the Saskatchewan capital after he suffered a shoulder injury with his replacement, Nick Arbuckle, leading the Stamps to a 37-10 win. The last start at Mosaic Stadium for Mitchell was August 19, 2018 when he threw four touchdowns in a 40-27 loss.
“Sask, I just want to say, the fans there everybody gives them crap all the time because they’re from Saskatchewan or whatever, they just love to try to razz up Saskatchewan fans because the Roughriders is what they have, but more power to them because the way they care about their football team, I respect it, I love the way they treat their football team out there,” Mitchell said.
“The way they see those guys and how if you do talk trash about them, they’re going to come at you with full force and that’s what sports is about. I love that attitude, it’s good to have in the league for sure.”
The prairie province’s crown jewel has a capacity of 33,350 and the Riders led the CFL in average home attendance during the 2019 season with 30,723 per game. Mitchell definitively stated Mosaic Stadium is the hardest facility to play in Canada-wide as an opposing player and in his words: “it’s not even close.”
“It’s literally because of the way the stadium was built, and the way they show up — it’s awesome, I’ll tell you what: I do love it,” Mitchell said.
The 31-year-old has a 4-1 win-loss record in Saskatchewan while completing 66 percent of his passes for 1,285 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. Even when the winningest QB in CFL history has been on vacation out of the country he can’t get away from Riders faithful.
“They’re just everywhere for no reason. I’ll just be in Hawaii and I’ll see someone wearing a Saskatchewan jersey,” Mitchell said. “I’m like, ‘Why are you here? What are you doing? Why do you have that jersey on? It’s 90 degrees outside.’ And they’re like, ‘Roughriders for life! Woo!’