Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for July 24, 2014

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for July 24, 2014

    Battle For CFL Supremacy

    It's a battle of the remaining undefeated teams in the CFL, as the Eskimos and Stampeders prepare for a colossal clash on Thursday.

    Kickers: The last line of defence
    Kicker Rene Paredes and punter Rob Maver have each made a tackle this season to prevent big gains and possible touchdowns.

    Reilly: Stubler never gives you the same look twice

    Edmonton Eskimos QB Mike Reilly joined the Big Show on Wednesday afternoon just one day ahead of the first Battle of Alberta in 2014, as the 4-0 Eskimos will host the 3-0 Stampeders on Thursday night in Edmonton.,-JH-20140723-Interview.mp3


    Micah Johnson talks defensive success under new defensive coordinator Rich Stubler, his favourite go-to teammates, Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly and his rehab process following last year’s injury.
    How have you seen the defence come together since Day 1 of training camp and how has Rich Stubler made a difference for the Stampeders this year?
    It’s been consistent growth, especially from the first day of camp. Everybody believes in the defence. Stube just seems like he has a number on offences right now and we’re always a step ahead. Everyone is believing, so it’s all coming together beautifully and I think the best part about it is we can still get better.

    Stamps must venture on without Cornish
    The Calgary Stampeders have had plenty of adversity thrown at them over the last few years.
    They've had quarterbacks go down, forcing them to start three different pivots last year. They've had receivers, including the durable Nik Lewis and the explosive Maurice Price among others, go down with injuries of their own.
    The team basically ran out of defensive linemen at the end of last season. Somehow they persevered.
    But this week in Edmonton a new challenge has been thrown their way. That challenge is to find a way to succeed without regining Canadian Football League Most Outstanding Player Jon Cornish, who was placed on the six-game injured list, meaning he is eligible to return to play on September 6 in Edmonton.

    Stamps head into first Battle of Alberta of season without Jon Cornish
    Defensive end Odell Willis is not about to pen a gushing sympathy card or courier a bouquet of tulips and daisies to the Calgary Stampeders headquarters off Crowchild Trail over the concussion troubles of Jon Cornish.
    For no Cornish, in Willis’s mind, means a better chance Thursday at repeatedly plowing quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell into the turf at Commonwealth Stadium.
    And that, for Willis, is the name of the game in the first instalment of the 2014 edition of the gridiron Battle of Alberta.

    Stampeders’ Hughes looks to keep torrid sack pace alive against Eskimos
    Fourteen times. That’s how often the Calgary Stampeders were able to sack Mike Reilly in last year’s Labour Day Classic series.
    Those two games were in hindsight, telltale moments for Reilly and the Edmonton Eskimos. They had all of the heart in the world, as their monstrous 27-point fourth-quarter comeback on Labour Day showed, but they weren’t able to win the close games and they certainly weren’t able to protect Reilly, who should have at least won a purple heart for enduring the punishment that he did.
    More than 10 months later, the Eskimos are a different team, 4-0 and atop the Canadian Football League standings. The Stampeders look just as good as they did a year ago, holding opponents to 30 points through three games, all of them wins.

    Stamps notes: Rival Battle of Alberta coaches have mutual respect
    Chris Jones might have blindsided the Calgary Stampeders three years by taking a lateral move to join the Toronto Argonauts as defensive co-ordinator.
    And the history book shows CFL commissioner Mark Cohon slapped the Argos with fine for tampering in the case that saw Jones leave Calgary on a sour note.
    On Wednesday, however, Stamps head coach/general manager John Hufnagel had nothing but glowing things to say about his former compatriot in arms.

    Eskimos' Odell Willis plans to tee-off on Stampeders QB Bo Levi Mitchell
    The Calgary Stampeders bus was stuck in traffic somewhere around Red Deer when the first blow was thrown in the Battle of Alberta.
    It was a verbal shot delivered by the Edmonton Eskimos most verbose player.
    Odell Willis is coming for Stamps quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.

    Quick Six -- that's what Calgary Stampeders are hoping for from injured Jon Cornish
    Jon Cornish won’t play in Thursday’s Battle of Alberta.
    Looks like he’ll miss the Labour Day Classic, as well.
    The Calgary Stampeders star running back who is recovering from a concussion was placed on the six-game injured list Wednesday morning, meaning he’ll be eligible to return for the Labour Day Rematch in Edmonton on Sept. 6.

    It's on for Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos
    The Battle of Alberta has been little more than a scuffle lately.
    When the province’s NHL teams meet, it’s for little more than pride.
    And the CFL’s gridiron clashes haven’t been much better with the Edmonton Eskimos languishing in the West Division cellar.

    Stamps defense has all pistons firing
    It’s a defense that so far has only given up 1 touchdown, and it was a pretty meaningless one.
    It came the first game of the season against the Montreal Alouettes in the last play of the game with Montreal’s U of C product, Steven Lumbala lumbering into the end zone to save a little bit of face in what was a lopsided defeat, 29-8.
    Since then, neither the Ti-Cats or the Argonauts were able to find their way inside the promised land for a major score.

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