Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for July 10, 2014

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for July 10, 2014

    The Breakdown: Bo to Mo

    Bo Levi Mitchell and Maurice Price break down their 102-yard TD from the season-opener against Montreal on June 28.


    The Calgary Stampeders are heading into Toronto under circumstances they remember quite well.
    With Jon Cornish’s status doubtful, it appears as though the Red and White will be forced to venture into Rogers Centre lacking the league’s reigning Most Outstanding Player for the second straight year.

    Calgary Stampeders receivers getting handle on QB
    Lost in the injury aftermath of the Calgary Stampeders’ season-opening win 13 days ago was Brad Sinopoli.
    Quietly — so quietly, in fact — that the Ontario kid says he didn’t even realize he led the Stamps in receptions, hauling in four balls from quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.
    Sure, those quartet of catches produced just 17 yards, but targets are targets, and Sinopoli’s role in the offence is growing in his second season as a receiver.

    Calgary Stampeders' Bo Levi Mitchell focuses on making city his home
    For the first time since the beginning of training camp more than five weeks ago, Bo Levi Mitchell came to work this week and wasn’t under the microscope.
    The television cameras were surrounding others.
    The notebook-toting writers inquiring about every incompletion or where he feels he stands in the Calgary Stampeders quarterback competition were occupied with other details.
    While the break is just temporary, it was welcomed nonetheless.

    Stampeders have uncanny success rate following bye weeks
    There is a stat the Calgary Stampeders are carrying this week, the type of trend gamblers love to focus on.
    Since 2008, the year John Hufnagel took over as the Stamps GM-head coach, this team is a sparkling 6-0 when coming off a regular-season bye week.
    The combination of a week’s rest, more time for the coaches to prepare and a refocused attitude seems to suit the Stamps just perfectly.

    Walter, Sanders ready if needed
    The Calgary Stampeders knew there would be challenges and hurdles to overcome during the 2014 season.
    Every team faces those obstacles, but they probably weren’t counting on losing two of their top offensive weapons after just one week of play.
    The team will head to Toronto, likely without star running back Jon Cornish, and definitely without speedy receiver Maurice Price.
    Cornish is fighting the effects of a concussion, suffered on a hit by Montreal’s Kyries Hebert, while Price is out six weeks after hand surgery. He attempted to break his fall during the Montreal game, but landed awkwardly and wound up breaking his hand.

    Head shots, not quarterbacks, targeted in new CFL
    It was an easy answer for Khreem Smith. A revealing one, too.
    The underappreciated defensive end of the B.C. Lions was interrogated Wednesday about the changing nature of hits and the penalties that are incurred, focusing on the blow absorbed by New Westminster’s Jon Cornish 12 days ago that still has him on the Calgary Stampeders sidelines with the dealing with a concussion.
    Smith was asked the last time he really got in a good lick on an opposing quarterback, the kind that endeared a generation of fans to the CFL and that players brag about in quiet moments with defensive teammates.

    The Calgary Stampeders and linebacker Alvin Bowen are proud to team up with Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary and Supreme Basics to introduce Bowen’s Buddies.
    Through this program, eight children and youth from Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary will be the special guests of Bowen at every Stampeders home game in 2014.
    “I’ve enjoyed working at Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary ever since I joined the Stampeders,” said Bowen. “The organization and their people do tremendous work and I’m so proud to be involved with them through the launch of Bowen’s Buddies and to have the opportunity to do this.

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