This will be interesting. Veteran backup QB Drew Tate will get his first start of the season as the Stampeders face the Roughriders Friday. Out is Henry Burris, who’s season has been up and down at best.
I like the move, especially after Tate took control of the offence mid-way through the Toronto game. What I don’t like is the timing. With three games to go, we can expect the Stamps to beat the hapless Riders. That leaves Montreal as the real test for Tate. If he folds against them, that’s only one game for Burris to come back (for the coaches to make a decision), in the season finale against Winnipeg.
The Stampeders are partnering with the Salvation army for this year’s annual coat-drive. Bring a new or slightly used coat to the game and help someone stay warm this winter.
You’ll probably have to go to the game since it’s going to be blacked out as per the new seats at the Stadium and last week’s debacle……
This past week in Stamps news we have Brandon Browner getting fined for his hilarious after TD celebration. He jumped into the crowd, grabbed a beer, and threw it in his face. Turns out that league doesn’t like to encourage alcohol consumption even though it’s a primary money grab for teams. If anything, Browner should have been fined $7.50 for the beer he used from the fan…other than that leave him alone.
What went on in the world of CFL and Stampeders last week? Well the top stories for Calgary fans include the resigning of defensive back Brandon Browner who most thought would end up in the NFL, and Sandro Dangelis announcing his return. After that it was coach Hufnagel’s nomination for coach of the year. Here are some articles for your review.
The BC Lions, heck, the entire CFL league, is riding a wave of optimism for beloved league poster boys ranging from Anthony Calvillo to Cameron wake. What do these two have to do with anything? Quite simply both have been inflated in the media re: their abilities, and the Stampeders talent under appreciated in the process. Calvillo won QB all-star nods and all signs point to league MVP. This although he racked up all his points against terrible East division teams and had a poor record against West teams never beating Calgary. Wake on the other hand is a dominant force on the defensive end for BC but everyone seems to forget that he’s been largely shutdown by a rookie offensive line every time he comes to Calgary. Will things repeat tomorrow? Time will tell, but there’s no reason why a mediocre BC offense will stand a chance against the vastly improved Stampeder D. As for the offence, expect fireworks and a home crowd to slowly dismantle the BC D.
Just to let you know that unless there is a huge story before a game we’re going to defer to the Stampeders.com website for all pre-game info since they do a bangup job. No point duplicating the same stuff. So check them out for previews, and we’ll post up interesting stories if they’re brewing pre-game.
Date: July 3rd, 2008 – Commenwealth Stadium, Edmonton
Kickoff @ 8PM MST – Radio: QR 770; TV: TSN
The Calgary Stampeders travel north to the provincial capital to kickstart the provincial battle against the Edmonton Eskimos. Calgary won its season opener 28-18 at home against the Lions last week while Edmonton dropped its first game of the 2008 CFL season on the road in Regina, 34-13 to the Roughriders.
The Calgary Stampeders will kick off the 2008 CFL regular season at home tonight against West division rivals the B.C. Lions. Game time is 8:00PM to accommodate national TSN coverage. Looks like a sell-out as fans are excited to see the new look Stamps. Included in the new faces are head coach John Hufnagel, new DB’s, a nearly new OL, and linebacking corp.
Tomorrow is the start of a new era in the Stampeders history, a time when there’s change at coach and GM, but also stability and depth at QB. The first pre-season tilt against Edmonton will pit a number of veterans against each other for limited spots. The QB position is not the only competitive position (Burris, Dickenson, but then Sankey and Nealy), but in the defensive corps as well.