Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for June 24, 2015

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  1. Madman

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for June 24, 2015

    Journey to the Grey Cup: The 2014 Calgary Stampeders

    Relive the Calgary Stampeders' dramatic run to the 102nd Grey Cup, capped off with a thrilling win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

    CFL on TSN unveils Top 50 Players
    CFL on TSN unveiled their Top 50 Players heading into the 2015 season based on selections by a panel of experts, and this year's top player is Calgary Stampeders QB Bo Levi Mitchell. Last year's top rated player, Toronto Argonauts QB Ricky Ray falls to fifth in this year's voting. Check below to see if your favourite players made the list.

    Huff post-practice comments - June 23
    Coach Hufnagel talks to the media after the second day of practice ahead of the home opener.

    O Captain, My Captain
    The Stamps votes for their 2015 team captains: QB Bo Levi Mitchell, LB Juwan Simpson, P Rob Maver and RB Rob Cote.

    Grey Cup rematch promo
    Get ready to kick off the 2015 season with a Grey Cup rematch! Stamps host the Ticats on Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m.


    A lot of you have been asking, and now I'm just letting you all know that I am, with a huge amount of gratefulness, entering my 11th season with the Stampeders!
    Last year was very tough professionally. In a sense, bittersweet I'd say... I sat on the bench for all but the first three regular season games. I was glad to support my team in any way possible on our way to the Grey Cup. I did what I was asked. The road was long and it was not always easy to put my selfishness (a trait all athletes MUST HAVE) aside to take a back seat. But the best part of 2014 is that I truly learned what it meant to be a selfless teammate in spite of my own desires. And the desire I had most as an athlete was fulfilled again, to be part of a championship team!

    ESPN to televise 20 CFL games in 2015

    ESPN2 kicks off the Canadian Football League (CFL) regular season schedule Thursday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. ET when the Montreal Alouettes host the Ottawa REDBLACKS in the 2015 season-opening game at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium. Opening week continues on ESPN2 with a Grey Cup rematch between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the defending champion Calgary Stampeders on Friday, June 26.
    This season, ESPN television networks and ESPN3, the company’s live multi-screen sports network, have exclusive rights to present 89 games in the United States – including the Eastern and Western Semi-Finals and Finals and the 103rd Grey Cup championship presented by Shaw – as part of a multi-year agreement with the CFL.

    Calgary Stampeders hope continuity puts field-goal team back on track
    Randy Chevrier sounded the conch earlier this week and screamed, “Field-goal team, assemble.”
    Standing next to him, Rene Paredes replied, “We’ve been here, literally, the entire time you have.”
    Of course, all of that actually happened in the movie Anchorman and nowhere near McMahon Stadium, but after a year of tumult when it came to the Calgary Stampeders kicking situation, everyone feels they have the right kicking mix back together heading into the season opener Friday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770).

    Calgary Stampeders Notes: Hit to head sends Shane Bergman to locker-room
    Already unusually thin, the Calgary Stampeders’ offensive line depth may have taken another hit.
    With right guard Brander Craighead starting the season on the six-game injured list and first-round pick Karl Lavoie still nursing a shoulder injury and unable to practise, watching left guard Shane Bergman leave the field midway through Tuesday’s practice had to cause some anxiety for Stampeders GM/head coach John Hufnagel.

    Calgary Stampeders free safety Josh Bell draws comparisons to Ticats defence guru
    Stabilizing the Calgary Stampeders’ free-safety situation was on the agenda during Josh Bell’s first season in Red & White.
    Now fully acclimated to his surroundings heading into his fourth CFL campaign, Bell is hoping to take his game to the next level.
    That’s why the former B.C. Lions defensive back added five lb. of bulk over the off-season, with the intention of ramping up his physical play and becoming more of a presence over the middle.

    Stamps notes: Mitchell tops TSN's CFL player rankings
    You’d expect the Grey Cup champion to have a handful of key players to watch heading into the 2015 CFL season, so with that in mind, TSN on Tuesday night presented its list of top 50.
    And not surprisingly, the Calgary Stampeders had their share of celebrated individuals, including the No. 1 pick, quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.
    Running back Jon Cornish was chosen as No. 2, while B.C. linebacker Solomon Elimimian was No. 3.

    Stamps' revamped offensive line plans to lean on veterans, heart
    It was one of the topics that dominated the Calgary Stampeders’ pre-camp discussions. What will the offensive line be like after having lost its two all-stars in Brett Jones and Stanley Bryant.
    They are, allowed right tackle Dan Federkeil, just fine, thanks.
    “This year,” the 31-year-old explained, “it really comes down to heart, how much heart the O-line has and if we play with heart, I think we’ll do very well. The problem is staying away from discouragement. Just keeping the fight. I think this year we need a little more fight.”

    Can the Calgary Stampeders repeat, adding Bo Levi Mitchell to an exclusive club?
    Although the CFL only has nine teams, repeating as the Grey Cup champion is incredibly difficult, and it usually takes a superstar quarterback. Since the CFL was officially founded in 1958, only six teams have ever won at least two championships in a row. The last team to pull that off was the Montreal Alouettes in 2009 and 2010, led by famed quarterback Anthony Calvillo. The only other team to repeat since the Edmonton Eskimos' five straight Grey Cups from 1978-1982 (helmed by Warren Moon and Tom Wilkinson) was the Doug Flutie-led Toronto Argonauts in 1996 and 1997. The other quarterbacks to do this are Winnipeg's Ken Ploen (1958, 1959, 1961, 1962) and Ottawa's Russ Jackson (1968, 1969), making this a very exclusive club indeed. Still, following a 15-3 season and a Grey Cup championship, the Calgary Stampeders are listed by as the favourites to lift the trophy again this year. Can they pull it off, and will reigning Grey Cup Most Outstanding Player Bo Levi Mitchell be able to add his name to that list of pivots?

    Some notable milestones in range for Stampeders players this season
    The 2015 season will go down as a record one for the Calgary Stampeders, but it was more based on team success. They went into the final weeks with a chance at equalling the CFL record of 16 wins. Although they didn’t get it, the 15 victories they put up tied a franchise mark.
    This season, they could be contenders again for some record numbers, but it’s easier to predict some of the individual milestones that could be earned. For the past few years, receiver Nik Lewis was climbing up into the top 10 in all-time receiving yardage, and prior to that Henry Burris was moving into top 10 in all-time passing categories.

    Stampeders alumnus Vince Danielsen, Every Yard Counts player representative Brandon Smith and other members of the current Stampeders team as well as members of the Outriders cheer team, Ralph the Dog and patients at the Alberta Children's Hospital will help launch one of the club's most popular charitable initiatives on Thursday.

    Where do you rank CFL teams?
    Alright. Kick off near. The 2015 Canadian Football League season is about to start. Where do you rank the teams as the season begins? Here is my look ahead:
    1. Calgary Stampeders…..a quarterback just entering his prime, a healthy Jon Cornish, unmatched depth and all signs point to another Cup. The Stampeders have never won consecutive Cups, so time to end that streak

    Thin Offensive Line!
    Stampeder Head Coach and GM John Hufnagel was not pulling any punches on Monday night when he joined Mark Stephen and myself for “the Half Hour with Huff” radio show on Sportstalk.
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    Main concern heading into Friday's night game vs the Ti-cats is the Oline.

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