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The Saskatchewan Roughriders opened their pre-season schedule in fine style on June 13, 1997 — 27 years ago today — by defeating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 39-21 at Taylor Field.

Curtis Mayfield, the Roughriders’ offensive catalyst, caught touchdown passes of 27 and 20 yards from Kevin Mason before the game was even four minutes old.

Those two TD tosses to Mayfield accounted for 47 of Mason’s 70 passing yards. He also took off on a 72-yard run to help Saskatchewan assume a 20-0 second-quarter lead.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS

  • Kelly Trithart — Roughriders linebacker, 1989-93 (57)
  • Hal Williams — halfback, 1960 (June 13, 1935-Dec. 30, 2015)