News Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for August 13, 2013

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    Calgary now the 'measuring stick' for the Lions

    The Lions, a veteran-driven team accustomed to cold or tepid starts, do not concern themselves much with how other teams do in July and August. After all, B.C. went 10-2 in the middle of last season and had an eight-game winning streak the season before. The Lions have failed to make at least a division final only once in the last nine years.
    But with their inconsistency so far this season and the potential to lose touch with first place if they lose Saturday, this would be a good week for the Lions to take a look around and measure themselves against the Stampeders instead of the measuring being done the other way.
    "Bring them on," Lions coach Mike Benevides said after Monday's practice in Surrey. "This is what gets you going; this is what you live for. At the end of the day, they're the next team on our schedule. But certainly, coming out of the bye week and seeing how well they're playing, you have to be excited.

    Learning from the best: CIS quarterback recounts Stampeders camp experience

    It's a question that's always been asked in this country.
    Why don't CFL teams employ more Canadian-born quarterbacks?
    When you talk to many CFL personnel, the main reason appears to be that, unlike in Canada, players in the U.S. start to get trained at a much earlier age, and their skill-set as a quarterback makes them more advanced when they start high school.
    However, a new initiative is trying to make the playing field more level.
    This season, all eight CFL teams had a CIS (Canadian University) quarterback, all undergrads, at their training camps to observe and be monitored in a professional environment.
    One of those players was from Hamilton's McMaster University, Marshall Ferguson, who spent time in early June at the Calgary Stampeders training camp.
    Heading into his fourth season, Ferguson will be the starting pivot for the Marauders in 2013, and to say he soaked up the information he received while at Stampeders camp would be an understatement.

    Cornish scores 2 CFL weekly awards

    Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was recognized as the top offensive and Canadian player for his efforts during the seventh week of the season.

    Lions look to make statement

    If there’s a word that best describes the Lions to date, it’s uninspired. Yes, their record is respectable and, yes, they’re right there in the West. But this team is also measured by a different standard and what they’ve offered thus far has been inadequate.
    Exactly one of their wins have come against a team with over a .500 record — a 24-16 win over Toronto in Week 2 — the other three wins have come against Winnipeg and Edmonton, who have a combined record of 2-10.
    In their two losses, moreover, they looked overmatched, and seldom have you been able to say that about a Lions team in the Wally Buono era. In Toronto, they were beaten by a quarterback, Zach Collaros, who was making his first CFL start.
    But it was the season-opening loss to Calgary that sounded the first alarms to this season, and the Stampeders have given every indication their performance wasn’t a one-off. Lions ready roar snore against Stamps/8780602/story.html

    Myddelton relishes clash against former mates

    Steve Myddelton does not bleed Calgary Stampeders red anymore.
    After four-plus seasons with the Stamps, it took only one trip across the Rocky Mountains for the offensive lineman to gain a whole new perspective on his CFL career.
    "My outlook is very different from what it has been for the last five years — I'll tell you that much," said Myddelton after his first workout Monday with the B.C. Lions after the club returned to practice after a bye week.
    The Lions acquired Myddelton, a 27-year-old Barrie, Ont., native who is in the fifth year of a CFL career spent entirely with the Stampeders, for a conditional 2014 draft choice. Myddelton's first game with his new team will could come at home Saturday, against his old team. guard looking forward playing against former Calgary club/8780325/story.html

    CFL Point-After: Efficiency vs. Receiving Stats?

    Nik Lewis lobbies for more recognition:

    Nik Lewis could make friends easily with the masses of hockey stats gurus dedicated to proving the pure mathematical value of NHL players.
    For the Calgary Stampeders slotback thinks the Canadian Football League stats package is a weak way to gauge gridiron excellence.
    “I think there’s only been five incomplete balls thrown my way all year,” Lewis says. “If I got the ball more, I’m pretty sure it would go up. But at the same time, I pride myself on efficiency.
    “I think that’s how we should rate our receivers.”

    Like a Rock: Lewis is a model of consistency

    Winners of four-straight, headlined by a massive 42-27 decision over the Roughriders on Friday night, the Calgary Stampeders are playing some excellent football.

    And a major part of their recent success has been the play of receiver Nik Lewis.

    Lewis, 31, has been the target of choice for whoever is under centre for the Stamps this season. Through six games, the 10-year veteran has hauled in 31 passes for 381 yards, good enough for fourth best in the West Division and eighth overall.

    What’s more impressive, however, is Lewis’ remarkable streak of 163-straight games with at least one reception. To put the streak into perspective, Lewis has caught one pass in every single game he’s played in his career, making it the third longest streak of all-time.

    “It’s good; it’s a record of consistency. I train a lot of kids and I tell them that the difference between any players is consistency so if you can go out and consistently be good then you will get results,” he told after the game.

    “I am glad I can go out and show them, not just tell them.”

    As good as it gets

    This year, there was no slow start.
    Calgary Stampeders star Jon Cornish’s four-TD performance against the Saskatchewan Roughriders earned him both the CFL’s offensive player of the week and top Canadian awards for Week 7.
    It was the third time Cornish has been honoured with the league’s weekly offensive award, and the 16th time he’s been the best Canuck.


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