Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 19, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 19, 2015

    Huff post-practice comments - Nov. 18

    Coach Hufnagel talks about two new offensive linemen and gives injury updates.

    Post-practice comments - Nov. 18
    We hear from QB Bo Levi Mitchell and OL Dimitri Tsoumpas.

    Next Man Up in Calgary
    The injury bug bit the Stampeders hard in 2015, especially along the O-line. Following a costly Western Semi-Final, the Stamps are still confident they have the pieces in place to get the job done in Edmonton.

    Stampeders ready for well-rested Eskimos
    The Stampeders talk about being ready for the unexpected in Sunday's West Final against Chris Jones and the well-rested Eskimos.

    Suits and Pratt: Reilly or Mitchell?
    Glen Suitor and Dave Pratt compare the four quarterbacks facing off in the Division Finals, discuss if the Lions need to make a change at GM, and share their thoughts on the three big name QBs that will be free agents in the off-season.

    Stampeders try to find offence against creative Eskimos defence

    There’s a distinct dichotomy between the Calgary Stampeders offensive success against seven teams in the CFL and their success — or lack thereof — against the Edmonton Eskimos.
    Four times this season, the Bo Levi Mitchell-led Stampeders attack was held to less than 20 points in a game.
    The Eskimos and defensive mastermind Chris Jones are 3-for-3 in that regard.

    Charleston Hughes misses another Calgary Stampeders practice
    Since the beginning of last November, the Calgary Stampeders have now won three CFL playoff games.
    Charleston Hughes hasn’t been a part of any of them.
    While GM/head coach John Hufnagel is holding out hope his 31-year-old defensive end will be ready to go for Sunday’s West Final clash against the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium (2:30 p.m., TSN/News Talk 770), it’s far from a given.

    Dimitri Tsoumpas unretires to help Calgary Stampeders offensive line through practices
    Thanks to a pair of injuries in the West Division Semifinal win over the B.C. Lions, the Calgary Stampeders are getting creative in their search for offensive line help.
    Dimitri Tsoumpas, who retired following the 2013 season due to concussion worries, is practising Wednesday at McMahon Stadium, as the Stampeders get ready to face the Edmonton Eskimos in Sunday's West Final.
    Tsoumpas has been signed strictly as a practice body, according to the team.

    Johnson the anchor on Stamps' defensive line
    Call him the anchor, the bolt that holds the defensive line together.
    Call him that and Micah Johnson can’t help but chuckle.
    “It’s crazy just because with all the injuries I’ve had the past couple of seasons in the CFL, just kind of being the stable guy for a little bit feels funny,” admitted the Calgary Stampeders’ third-year defensive tackle.
    “Feels good. Everybody has had my back anytime there was an injury and the whole team stepped up. It’s my job to do the same thing, step up the same way.”

    Points will be at a premium in CFL's West Final
    Points, it figures, are apt to be at a premium. Absolute hell to come by.
    “We just can’t,’’ lectured wideout Eric Rogers, “let opportunities slip away. Any time we’re in range, we need something. We can’t settle for a field goal when we’re in close: We need a touchdown. If you start with a short field, you’d better take advantage of it.
    “You can’t afford to leave anything out there or give anything away for free.”
    On Sunday, in the afterglow of a comprehensive semifinal victory at McMahon Stadium, given how downright penurious the Stamps’ Rich Stubler-directed defence is acting, the Calgary Stampeders Cirque du Soleil wideout said he’d gladly put 20 points in the bank pre-kick-off for the upcoming West decider against the Edmonton Eskimos and take his chances.

    Tsoumpas bolsters Stamps' banged-up O-line but insists he's not coming out of retirement
    Dimitri Tsoumpas found he had a little extra time on his hands, so what better way to spend it than on the practice field on a cold November day.
    “Dinos lost obviously so I’m not doing a whole lot,” pointed out Tsoumpas, the former Calgary Stampeder who is offensive line coach with the University of Calgary. “Feel like I’m in pretty good shape … so why not?
    “I’m just along for the ride.”

    Red-hot Eskimos look to take down rival Stampeders
    Mike Reilly and the Edmonton Eskimos have a glorious opportunity to prove this is their time.
    Reilly leads the Eskimos into the West Division final Sunday against the arch-rival Calgary Stampeders. Edmonton won the season series 2-1 to finish first despite the two teams recording identical 14-4 records.
    Edmonton is riding an eight-game win streak. The team is unbeaten since Reilly returned under centre after suffering a knee injury.

    Battle of Alberta: Nenshi, Iveson make football food bank betWhile the details may still need to be ironed out, the mayors of Calgary and Edmonton have decided on a bet as their teams face off in the CFL West final this Sunday.
    Speaking together, with the premier, to reporters in Edmonton on Wednesday, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson detailed the terms of his football bet with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
    “We have the traditional jersey bet, but to offset the humiliation, the winner will make a donation to the other city’s food bank … equal to the weight of the individual,” Iveson said.

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