Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for July 23, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for July 23, 2015

    Huff post-practice comments - July 22

    Coach Hufnagel talks to the media ahead of the Stamps' Week 5 matchup in Ottawa.

    Chevy in the Locker Room - Ottawa trivia
    Randy Chevrier quizzes his teammates on Ottawa facts as the teams gets set to face the RedBlacks in the Nation's Capital.

    2015 Little Miss Outrider
    The 2015 Little Miss Outriders performed at halftime on July 18.

    Calgary Stampeders wideout Joe West returns to Ottawa nearly a year after brother's death

    It was one of Joe West’s finest performances as a pro.
    It came on the worst day of his life.
    The Calgary Stampeders wideout caught four balls for 129 yards the last time he visited TD Place Stadium in Ottawa.
    That spectacular outing, which earned West the CFL’s offensive player of the week award last August, came just hours after he learned his 23-year-old brother Brandon Hobdy was shot and killed in a double homicide in Arkansas.

    Kicker Tyler Crapigna biding his time with Calgary Stampeders
    Working, watching and waiting.
    That’s how Tyler Crapigna spends his days.
    After losing out to veteran and former CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams Player Rene Paredes in a training camp battle for the Calgary Stampeders placekicker job, Crapigna, a former star at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., has been biding his time on the six-game injured list.

    New Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman John Estes gets a weather shock
    John Estes has to be wondering what he got himself into.
    He left Hawaii ... for this?
    The Stampede City has been threatened by tornados, hail and severe thunderstorms since he touched down Tuesday night.
    But the Calgary Stampeders’ latest offensive lineman — he was added to the practice roster on Wednesday — isn’t used to this nonsense.

    Emotions will be high as West returns to Ottawa
    By the time Joe West steps on the field Friday night at TD Place Stadium, he expects have felt a flood of emotions.
    It’s less than a year ago that on an August afternoon that the Calgary Stampeders receiver played the best game of his CFL career, only hours after learning his younger brother had been shot and killed on his college campus as an innocent bystander.
    Certain places bring back memories, and this trip to Ottawa for the Stampeders will do just that for four-year Stampeders veteran. It will be the same road trip, same locker-room, same field and same opponent, so there will be some reflection on Aug. 24, 2014 — the morning West found out his 23-year-old brother Brandon Hobdy was gone.

    Burris and Redblacks looking to cauterize bleeding
    Henry Burris apologized for being a tad late in calling back.
    “Just finished a massage,” reported the Ottawa Redblacks’ quarterback.
    Must be a tough life …
    “Hey,” he countered, “my body’s got to feel good. I’ve got Charleston Hughes and Juwan Simpson coming after me, hunting me down, on Friday.”

    Stampeders take high-drama act to Ottawa
    Rene Paredes and the Calgary Stampeders have certainly showed a flair for the dramatic early this season.
    The Grey Cup defending champions have the league’s best record (3-1) and are atop the West Division standing. But two of those wins have come off late field goals by Paredes – a 50-yard boot on the final play to secure a 24-23 decision over Hamilton and, last week, a 40-yard effort with less than three minutes remaining to give Calgary a 26-25 victory over Winnipeg.

    Former Calgary Stampeders star Shawn Lemon at Pittsburgh Steelers camp
    When you’re handed lemons, you make lemonade.
    It’s become Shawn Lemon’s specialty.
    With little to no NFL interest coming out of the University of Akron in 2011, Lemon was forced to do things the hard way, take the circuitous route, and, eventually, work his way into a position to achieve the goal he daydreamed about growing up just outside Washington, D.C., in Waldorf, M.D.

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