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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 14, 2013

    Calgary Sports Roundtable: Stampeders and Flames
    Grant Pollock and Brendan Parker sit down to talk about the Western Final, and the Flames so far this season.

    Quick 6
    This week's Quick 6 features running backs Clifton Smith, Rob Cote and Matt Walter.

    The Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders meet in the 2013 Western Final with a trip to the 101st Grey Cup game in Regina on the line.
    The Stampeders won the West and the right to host the final by finishing in first place with a 14-4 record. It’s the third time since 2008 the Stamps have finished in top spot in the West and the first time in club history that they have ended the season with 14 wins.
    The Riders finished second with an 11-7 record and hosted the West Semifinal last week, coming from behind to beat the BC Lions by a 29-25 score. This will be the fourth time in the past five seasons the two teams have met in the playoffs and the third time since 2009 they have met in the West final. This will also be the third time in four years the two teams have played a playoff game at McMahon.
    Calgary won the most recent meeting, a 36-30 thriller in last year’s semifinal.

    Calgary Stampders: Brett Jones unfazed by big game
    Any freshman season is usually filled with a whole lot of firsts.
    But for Calgary Stampeders rookie Brett Jones, there’s been an inordinate amount of new situations and new challenges, as well as a pile of new accolades flying at him from every direction.
    It’s also seemed inordinately easy for the product of Weyburn, Sask.

    Calgary Stampeders feel they don't lack d-line experience
    When starting defensive tackles Micah Johnson and Demonte’ Bolden went down in the regular-season finale, it was widely assumed the Calgary Stampeders would be scrambling.
    But maybe what looked to be a gaping hole in the middle of their defence — one that some are worried could be exploited by a strong Saskatchewan Roughriders ground game in Sunday’s CFL West Final — isn’t such a hole after all.
    Junior Turner and Etienne Legare are quiet.

    Calgary Stampeders: Dickenson has faith in Glenn
    Few quarterbacks in the history of the CFL were able to read defences as well as Dave Dickenson.
    Yet, when talk to turns to his starting pivot for Sunday’s West Final, the Stamps offensive coordinator admits he may not have had the proper read on Kevin Glenn when the two started working together last season.
    “We didn’t know Kevin as well,” said Dickenson, asked to reflect on the evolution of Glenn as he went from backup with a bullet to the coach’s playoff nod over Tate.

    Stamps notes: Calgary forced to reshuffle the receiver deck again
    Forced to switch things up for the umpteenth time this season due to injury, the Calgary Stampeders receiving corps is in the throws of yet another facelift.
    With the dependable Nik Lewis and Marquay McDaniel marooned on the sidelines, Maurice Price and Jabari Arthur are expected to line up at slotback Sunday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Rookie Jeff Fuller and Joe West are pencilled in at the wideout positions.
    Factor in the multi-dimensional Brad Sinopoli, coming off a concussion, and this is not a vertically challenged group.

    Underrated Stampeders secondary needs to come up big against star-studded Riders receivers
    More twinkling stars than in a Van Gogh night canvas.
    “They all make big plays,” says cornerback Chris Randle. “All of ’em. I want to say Dressler makes more big plays than Getzlaf, but then you realize Getzlaf got 1,000 yards, too. And Dressler got 1,000 yards. And Taj Smith got 1,000 yards. And nobody has made more catches in this league for more yards, ever, than Geroy Simon.
    “Like I said, they ALL do it.

    Glenn will start for Stamps, but CFL’s deepest team in quarterback talent has plenty of options if he falters
    Under the current terms of his employment, Dave Dickenson is no longer called upon to air out the ball, run up the gut, or take hits to the head on behalf of the Calgary Stampeders
    His major asset — besides 12 years of playing professional ball on both sides of the border — resides in the grey matter between his ears.
    Regardless, to this day, the savvy offensive co-ordinator remains a quarterback at heart with old-school tendencies. With that in mind, he clearly subscribes to the theory the starter deserves every opportunity to stick it out without fear of receiving a premature hook from a coach with an itchy trigger finger.

    Bye week beneficial for Cornish, Stampeders
    With players moving in and out of the lineup, the bye week was especially beneficial for the Calgary Stampeders.
    The Stampeders have the luxury of more time to prepare for next Sunday's Western Final than the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who are coming off their Semi-Final win Sunday over the B.C. Lions.
    So instead of preparing to win a game last week, the Stampeders got an early start on adjusting to life without injured receiver Marquay McDaniel and defensive tackles Demonte' Bolden and Micah Johnson.

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