Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for August 18, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for August 18, 2015

    Sights & Sounds - August 15

    See what it was like in the locker room and on the sideline during Saturday's win against the RedBlacks.


    Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has been named the No. 1 player of the week for Week 8 of the Canadian Football League season.
    Mitchell gets the nod after throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more scores in a 48-3 victory over the Ottawa RedBlacks on Saturday. The four-year veteran from Katy, Tex., completed 17 of 25 passes for 243 yards and ran the ball three times for 22 yards before being taken out of the game in the third quarter with the Stamps leading 40-3.

    Calgary Stampeders' Joe West proving to be a thorn in RedBlacks' side
    Joe West has punished the Ottawa RedBlacks the past couple of years.
    Stamps receivers coach Pete Costanza isn’t sure why, but he has an idea.
    “Maybe he needs to think of every opponent as the RedBlacks because he’s had some good games against them for sure,” Costanza said.
    West had two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 48-3 bashing of the RedBlacks at McMahon Stadium.

    Calgary Stampeders' Jasper Simmons' agent speak about issues
    Jasper Simmons’ agent made his point in 140-character increments over the weekend.
    On Monday, Sammy Gahagan of Axios Sports Management took the long-form route to explain issues with the way the Calgary Stampeders have employed his client through eight weeks of the 2015 CFL season.
    “This is not a publicity stunt, this is more about awareness,” Gahagan said from Tampa, Fla. on Monday. “We truly feel that the organization is holding him hostage. If they think he’s such a valuable backup, then why don’t they dress him? Just even dress him? They dress other people at his position in front of him.

    Calgary Stampeders teammates rave about Rob Maver
    Imagine hitting a hole in one.
    Then try to envision hitting two aces just minutes apart.
    That’s basically what Calgary Stampeders punter Rob Maver did Saturday night when he pounded a pair of kicks out of bounds at the Ottawa RedBlacks one yardline.
    “It’s the best,” Maver said of the coffin corners. “It’s like a hole in one.
    “I don’t really get too fired up on the field that often but after that second one, I completely lost my mind. I blacked out.

    Stampeders veteran gets to live out dream
    In hindsight, maybe it would have been fun to keep the ball.
    Whatever, says Randy Chevrier.
    He finally got to live out a lifelong dream.
    In his 15th CFL season, his 190th game and after the countless times he’s touched the pigskin as the Calgary Stampeders’ longtime long-snapper, the 39-year-old finally got his fist chance to spike the football in celebration.

    Stamps not treating Riders like a winless team
    The tension in Saskatchewan is being felt all the way to Calgary.
    At least, that seems to be case at McMahon Stadium, where the Calgary Stampeders are prepping for this weekend’s big game that has all the makings of a mismatch.
    The Stamps will arrive in Regina later this week feeling pretty good about themselves, coming off a blowout win over the Ottawa Redblacks. They are on guard, though, about letting that confidence turn into cockiness..

    Dickenson set to enter Hall
    Commitment to the ball overrides the call of the Hall.
    “Actually,” says Dave Dickenson, mentally scrolling through his weekend itinerary, “I’m going to stay here through Thursday and then fly out after practice, to the banquet, just grab a rental car and roll down there.
    “After that, it’s back to taking care of duties with the team Friday to Saturday. Meaning I won’t be able to participate in anything else, outside the banquet.

    Collaborators sing Hall of Fame praises
    From the West Coast and eastern climes alike, congratulations and warmest regards.
    “Oh, yeah,” says Geroy Simon, out Vancouver way. “Of course. Dave, he’s probably — not probably, he IS — the best
    quarterback I ever played with.
    “The most cerebral quarterback I’ve ever been around. Any league.
    “He was that good.”

    Maver putting opponents in the corner with precision punts
    Rob Maver had a stellar outing in Saturday’s big win versus the REDBLACKS, punting the ball 12 times for a 45.6-yard average including two flawless kicks bouncing out of bounds at Ottawa’s one-yard line.
    The Stampeders first-round draft choice back in 2010 also added a punt single with under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
    “My goal as a punter is to always give (defensive coordinator Rich) Stubler and our ‘D’ as much room to eat as possible,” Maver said regarding his coffin-corner strikes. “I think one of those (punts) went out at the two or the one and the other one was at the half-yard line. It’s a little bit of skill, 90 per cent luck. But I’ll definitely take it, especially in front of our crowd here. There were some good things tonight (but) definitely some things I’ve got to keep working on.”

    Ex-Stamps teammates Maurice Price and Marquay McDaniel start CFL Twitter feud
    The Calgary Stampeders' January trade that sent import receiver Maurice Price to the Ottawa Redblacks is still having effects. The main player they got in return, import linebacker Jasper Simmons (they also received import receiver Dan Buckner, who was cut in camp), made headlines this weekend after his agent complained on Twitter about his lack of playing time, and that led to Calgary receiver Marquay McDaniel throwing shade at Price on Twitter Sunday night. That in turn led to plenty of further shots between the two players, and a feud compared to thatof Drake and Meek Mill, with other current and former players from around the league (and even former Stampeder Shawn Lemon, now in the NFL) chiming in as well. Here are some of the key tweets involved between McDaniel and Price:

    Social media causing friction within Stampeders locker-room
    Twitter is blowing up right now, as they say when something is trending, and the Calgary Stampeders have to hope social media doesn’t set off an explosion in their locker-room.
    Let’s recap the past few days shall we.
    One player endorsed a Twitter rant by his agent against his team. A different player from said team started an argument with a former teammate who was traded for the first player. Then the starting quarterback called out the original player for wanting out.
    Does that clear it up?

    Dickenson: A rags to riches kind of story
    Early in 1996, unable to pay him the million dollars he was owed, the Calgary Stampeders sent Doug Flutie to Toronto. Part of the deal included the rights to an American quarterback from the University of Montana, Dave Dickenson. This week, he will be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, along with Robert Wetenhall, Bob O’Billovich, Larry Reda, Leroy Blugh, Eddie Davis and Gene Makowsky.
    It was an inauspicious beginning.
    “The first year was a tough year,” Dickenson recalled. “I made the league minimum, which was $26,000, the dollar was at 62 or 63 cents, I didn’t play one down, didn’t take one snap. I began to wonder what the heck I was doing. It was a long year, not a year I overly enjoyed. I never put the uniform on. It felt like kind of a wasted year.”

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