Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 17, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 17, 2015

    Highlights from Western Semi-Final

    Enjoy some highlights from the Western Semi-Final and Calgary's big win.

    Meet Connie ‘Red Head’ Fekete, Stampeders super fan
    Kevin Smith introduces you to Connie Fekete, a Calgary Stampeders super fan that hasn’t missed a game, and has turned her office into a Stampeders shrine.

    It starts off as an almost inaudible humming.
    Then, it gets slightly louder. All the while, members of the Calgary Stampeders are rhythmically beating their chest in unison.
    By the time the bass kicks in, emotions are at a fever pitch.
    At first, fans at McMahon Stadium were a little taken aback by the sights and sounds when the Stamps kickoff-coverage team prepared for action during Sunday’s Western Semi-Final against the BC Lions. By the end of the contest, many Stamps supporters had joined in and were chanting and pounding their chests.

    Junior Turner knew he was the next man up, although he never would have predicted it.
    An injury to starting centre Pierre Lavertu forced Quinn Smith to fill in along the offensive line once again and, as soon as Shane Bergman went down, Turner was tossed into the fray. The Stamps only dressed six offensive lineman for their Western Semi-Final win over the BC Lions including Smith, a defensive tackle who has been forced to showcase his versatility in recent weeks.
    But Turner’s transition from defence to offence was a first for the former second-round draft pick, who was asked to assess his play alongside offensive line coach Pat DelMonaco’s crew once trading in his customary No. 7 for jersey No. 69.

    Injuries along offensive line have Calgary Stampeders looking at options
    The offensive line is in limbo.
    Calgary Stampeders GM/head coach John Hufnagel said he didn't know if injured centre Pierre Lavertu (leg) or left guard Shane Bergman (shoulder) will be available for Sunday's West Division final at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
    Hufnagel, who was forced to use converted defensive tackles Quinn Smith and Junior Turner, told News Talk 770 he’d have a better idea of what his offensive line would look like Tuesday. If Lavertu is unavailable, international centre John Estes would likely be activated, which would cause all sorts of ratio issues.

    Calgary Stampeders 35, BC Lions 9: Game Balls & Bricks
    The Calgary Stampeders were expected to take care of business.
    They did, but it may have come at a steep price.
    Centre Pierre Lavertu (leg) and left guard Shane Bergman (shoulder) both went down with injuries in the first half of Sunday’s 35-9 win over the visiting B.C. Lions and didn’t return to the game.

    Stamps head into Rock 'em Sock 'em West Final rematch
    Remember those Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots from your long-ago childhood? The square-jawed, heavy-lidded battlers — Red Rocker and Blue Bomber — mounted on a hi-impact polystyrene plastic yellow boxing ring?
    Neither backs up an inch, or actually moves at all. They just stand, rooted to the spot, toe to toe — à la George Chuvalo and Oscar Bonavena — and continue to jackhammer away until ‘ziiiiiiing!’, one of the heads pops up for a KO.

    Hamilton and Calgary injuries may be key in the CFL's East and West Finals
    The matchups are set for the CFL's divisional finals this coming Sunday, with the 12-6 Ottawa Redblacks hosting the 10-8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (thanks to Hamilton's win over Toronto Sunday) in the East Final and the 14-4 Edmonton Eskimos hosting the 14-4 Calgary Stampeders (thanks to Calgary's win over B.C. Sunday) in the West Final. Both games feature intense intraprovincial rivalries, and these Battles of Ontario and Alberta are always interesting. However, what may be even more important are some of the injuries these teams are facing, especially the challengers who came out of the divisional semifinals; Edmonton and Ottawa have had some injuries of their own, but they'll have had three and two weeks to rest respectively by the time these games kick off Sunday, so they should be in decent shape. That's not the case for Calgary and Hamilton.

    How the Stampeders will win
    Two second-quarter touchdown drives were all they needed to open up an 18-point halftime lead, en route to an easy 35-9 victory over the B.C. Lions in Sunday's West Division semi-final. "You know the risks, you got good family, good support, we've got good trainers here, good doctors, I'm sure they're making decisions based on what's best for Jon". The Stampeders and Eskimos finished the regular season with identical 14-4 records, but Edmonton earned the tiebreaker, on the strength of two wins in their three head-to-head meetings.
    All week long, there had been talk of the Lions riding the hot hand into the playoffs, but Simpson let the visitors know before the game even began they would be in for a fight. Hamilton meets the Ottawa Redblacks in the East final. He will step aside from coaching next season to make way for offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson and continue as GM.

    Randy Chevrier joins group to stop bullying
    He’s mastered hard knocks and intimidation on the gridiron.
    Now Calgary Stampeders veteran long-snapper Randy “Chevy” Chevrier is bringing his anti-bullying message to schools and other gathering places with the Dare to Care movement.
    “Joining Dare to Care affords me a fantastic opportunity to work with a team of individuals that is as passionate about anti-bullying as I am,” said Chevrier, whose one-hour presentation is dubbed Tackling Bullying.

    Stamps veteran stands up for the bullied
    This past Sunday afternoon, Randy Chevrier ran onto the field at McMahon Stadium before a packed crowd of cheering fans, something he’s done so many times before. A familiar set of emotions joined him on the run.
    “I thought about how I’m 39 years old and I know someone wants to kill me,” says the Calgary Stampeders veteran long snapper. “I need to be resilient.”
    At six feet tall and 250 pounds, Chevrier doesn’t look like he needs self-talk to build up resilience. Nor does he look like a guy with any experience of bullying.

    Hufnagel could shake loose in Calgary
    Oddly enough, in football the head coach does very little coaching.
    Position coaches handle most of the on-field skill development with the players, and the co-ordinators teach the offensive and defensive systems.
    The head coach sets the tone in the locker room and on the field, giving the team its confidence and identity.

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