Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 20, 2014

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 20, 2014

    Keon Raymond message to fans

    Hey Stamps fans! Keon Raymond wants you in the stands and loud for the Western Final on Sunday!

    Juwan Simpson message to fans
    Hey Stamps fans! Juwan Simpson has a public service announcement for you.

    Post-practice comments: Coach Huff
    Coach Hufnagel spoke to the media after the first full day of practice leading up to the Western Final.

    Post-practice comments: Lewis
    Nik Lewis talks about Sunday's Western Final matchup against Edmonton.

    Calgary Stampeders need this to be their year

    There is an advertisement appearing in the local newspapers in advance of Sunday’s West Division final that features a close-up of Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. In the pitch (“get your tickets now”), Mitchell is posed, eyes focused, looking straight at the camera, confidently thrusting the ball forward. The message is a simple four-word promise/proclamation: This Is Our Year.

    Stamps looking to hush the whispers
    They have heard the whispers. They have seen the sideways glances. They know the narrative when it comes to the Stampeders in advance of the Western Final.
    The narrative heaps praise on the Stampeders for their ability overcome adversity, their ability to stay consistently successful, their ability to find players and immediately plug them into the lineup with success. They've heard the commendations on their drafting record.

    Smart personnel decision key in Calgary Stampeders success so far this season
    The 2013 CFL expansion draft was supposed to pillage much of the depth the Calgary Stampeders had spent years building up.
    Enduring another injury-ravaged season over the past five months should have cemented that.
    Far from it.
    In fact, heading into Sunday’s West Division Final against the Edmonton Eskimos (2:30 p.m., TSN/News Talk 770), the Stampeders are as deep, and as healthy, as ever.

    Stampeders need to hold onto the ball in West Final against the Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday afternoon
    For a franchise with an extensive recent history of choking in the big game, there’s one obvious question to be asked as the Calgary Stampeders prepare for Sunday’s west final:
    What did you learn from last year?
    What did you learn from a humbling 35-13 loss to Saskatchewan that saw a stellar 14-4 squad puke up any chance of a Grey Cup appearance by turning the ball over seven times?
    “Don’t fumble the ball - simple as that,” said head coach John Hufnagel.

    Stamps Notes -- Calgary Stampeders are healthy at the right time heading into West Final against Edmonton Eskimos
    In a season marked by injury after injury, the Calgary Stampeders are remarkably healthy at the right time.
    The last missing piece is an important one, however, as defensive end Charleston Hughes took to the practice field Wednesday in the hopes of making it back from a foot injury in time for the West Division Final on Sunday against the Edmonton Eskimos (2:30 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770).

    Coming off hard-luck season,Calgary Stampeders receiver Maurice Price hopes he’ll be go-to guy
    There's no doubt Maurice Price's 2014 campaign has been underwhelming, to say the least.
    After signing a big-money pact over the off-season to stay in Calgary Stampeders' silks, the 29-year-old wideout broke his hand in the first game of the season, sending him to the six-game injured list right off the bat.
    Of course, that came after a 102-yard touchdown connection with Bo Levi Mitchell.
    It was just a teaser.

    Hufnagel the odds-on favourite for CFL coach of year award
    Tom, Chris or John?
    And where does Kent fit into all of this?
    Those are the first names of the four coaches who will be under consideration for CFL coach of the year, an award that is handed out each February at the annual CFL Congress.
    Usually, the man who guides the Grey Cup winners is the one who captures the COY award (seven of the last eight have done so), but this year there are three very deserving candidates and another who could very well enter the picture if his team takes it all.

    Stamps feel urgency with just one Grey Cup title in dynastic Hufnagel era
    It seems so awfully long ago, Nov. 23rd, 2008.
    Back then, Smilin’ Henry Burris, those enamel high beams set to blinding, looked as if he’d spend another decade running the show, at least. An unnoticed, bit-part Jon Cornish lugged the ball 30 times that season, still in the shadow of Joffrey Reynolds, biding his time on special teams.
    Sandro DeAngelis was kicking field goals. Brett Ralph caught a big TD pass. Brett Jones, meanwhile, was a rather imposing 18-year-old lad busy winning a second consecutive 3A-division championship at Weyburn Comprehensive.

    Rookie Stampeders out to claim the province as their own on Sunday
    He’s been with the Calgary Stampeders organization for little more than a year, but Buddy Jackson is obviously well-schooled in the dynamics of this province.
    “It’s the Battle of Alberta,” claimed the Florida-born Jackson. “We don’t like them, they don’t like us. We’ve beat them three times already and we’re just trying to show them that we own Alberta. The Calgary Stampeders are Alberta’s team and that’s what it’s all about.”

    Healthy Jon Cornish gives Stampeders edge in playoff game versus Eskimos
    Injuries limited Jon Cornish to just nine games this season. Unfortunately for the Edmonton Eskimos, two were against them.
    Cornish ran for 272 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries (eight-yard average) in the contests — both Calgary wins. Despite his abbreviated season, Cornish led the CFL in rushing with 1,082 yards, with just over a quarter coming against Edmonton.
    So Cornish will again be a focal point when the Calgary Stampeders host Edmonton in the West Division final Sunday.

    Eskimos leaving the pre-game chatter to Stampeders as Shawn Lemon calls Mike Reilly a pinata
    The Calgary Stampeders will be pleased to know that Mike Reilly was moving around pretty well on Wednesday … for a pinata, that is.
    After all, that is what Stampeders defensive lineman Shawn Lemon figures it will be like to hit the, er … semi-injured Edmonton Eskimos quarterback, should he start Sunday’s West Division final (2:30 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED), as expected.
    Then again, Lemon is the kind of player who seems to always have something to say ahead of a Battle of Alberta this year.

    Stampeders given highest odds to win Grey Cup
    The Calgary Stampeders are your Grey Cup favourites.
    This according to betting odds courtesy of Bodog who put name the Stampeders as favourites to be crowned CFL champions with 1/1 odds.

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