Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 21, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 21, 2015

    CFL roundtable: Is West Division final the de facto Grey Cup?

    Huff post-practice comments - Nov. 20
    Coach Hufnagel talks to the media as the team prepares to leave for Edmonton.

    Mitchell post-practice comments - Nov. 20
    QB Bo Levi Mitchell talks about centre John Estes and the great rivalry with Edmonton.

    Berger post-practice comments - Nov. 20
    DB Adam Berger talks to the media after taking reps at field corner at practice today.

    Stamps using underdog status as motivation
    Keon Raymond jokes about the Stampeders being the first 14-4 underdog in league history and explains how they will use it as motivation in the West Final against their provincial rival Eskimos.

    No lack of motivation for Calgary Stampeders RB Jerome Messam heading into West Final

    Each and every time he totes the football, Jerome Messam is a business decision for would-be tacklers.
    Pull up and live to fight another play, or get your personal finances in order and hope you don’t get put out of business.
    Let’s just say, business has been good for the Calgary Stampeders running back lately.

    Calgary Stampeders Notebook: Next men up for injured offensive line
    There were no medical miracles Friday.
    Calgary Stampeders GM/head coach John Hufnagel had held out hope that one or both of his injured offensive linemen might make it back on the field for the final practice of the week prior to Sunday’s West Division final against the host Edmonton Eskimos (2:30 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770).
    Neither did.

    Calgary Stampeders forced to go with time-share at field-corner position
    Adam Berger didn’t have to wait for the off-season to enjoy a time-share.
    The Calgary Stampeders defensive back split reps on the corner with Ciante Evans all week.
    And it sounds like that will continue in Sunday’s West Division final against the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium (2:30 p.m., TSN/News Talk 770).

    Calgary Stampeders KR Skye Dawson well-acquainted with Edmonton Eskimos ... and their new running back
    For a rookie with one CFL playoff game under his belt, Skye Dawson is heading into awfully familiar territory.
    Traded from the Edmonton Eskimos to the Calgary Stampeders in late September in return for a conditional draft pick, Dawson wants to prove something to his former team in Sunday’s West Final at Commonwealth Stadium (2:30 p.m., TSN/News Talk 770).
    But it’s not a personal thing.

    West final QBs have mutual respect for each other
    Yes, they’re vying for the same golden Willy Wonka ticket. Rivals. Contemporaries. Differing stylistically yet sharing a common aim; a like single-mindedness; the same voracious appetite to achieve, to overcome, to leave an imprint.
    Both are also connoisseurs of the position. Fans of the game. Admirers of each other.
    “He’s a fun player to watch,” says Bo Levi Mitchell of Mike Reilly. “And I just like watching great players play.

    West final repeat takes Battle of Alberta to another level
    The tension that started building between the Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos a couple of years ago will come to a head at kickoff on Sunday.
    When the captains meet at the centre-field logo at Commonwealth Stadium, expect the usual pleasantries to be interrupted by Eskimos linebacker Deon Lacey refusing to shake hands.
    It’s just another sign of the bad blood that’s been brewing in the Battle of Alberta since former Stampeders assistant coach Chris Jones took over as head coach in Edmonton. On Labour Day in September, before the Stamps were about to win their 12th straight game against the Eskimos, Lacey pulled away from the handshakes, surprising Stamps QB Bo Levi Mitchell and fullback Rob Cote.

    Stamps notebook: Estes ready to play in a snap
    Edmonton is a long way from Honolulu, in both distance and climate.
    Yet football is football, so John Estes is feeling comfortable as the centre of attention in the CFL’s West final.
    Estes, who spent his college days at the University of Hawaii, replaces the injured Pierre Lavertu along the Calgary Stampeders offensive line. The international doesn’t have many cold-weather games in his past, but he’s not fearing one on Sunday.

    Banged-up Stampeders o-line aims to hold off Eskimos in CFL West final
    Football is played with a ball, usually made of leather, with an internal bladder of rubber or urethane, and formed in the shape of a prolate spheroid. It can be kicked, thrown or carried – unless of course, you’re an offensive guard or tackle, in which case, the task is completely different.
    A lineman, according to the Calgary Stampeders’ all-star Spencer Wilson, can play football for days, weeks, months, even years sometimes – without ever actually touching the ball.
    “In fact, usually, you’ve done a great job if you never see the ball in the game,” Wilson said, “not even just touch it, if you don’t even see it, you’ve done a great job.”

    Smith's versatility a Stampeder asset heading into West final
    Quinn Smith feels he's had the best of both worlds this CFL season.
    The 24-year-old from Toronto felt the glory of recording a sack and also the fun of being on the field to celebrate touchdowns with the Calgary Stampeders.
    Smith started at defensive tackle the first 10 games of this season before morphing into the sixth man on the offensive line.

    CFL playoff picks: Depleted Stamps can shock Esks
    Calgary and Edmonton has all the makings of a classic CFL playoff tilt. Each team has a healthy franchise quarterback, playmakers around them, smart, physical defences and strong special teams. Every inch will be hard earned when the Stamps visit Commonwealth Stadium to take on the Eskimos.

    Juwan Simpson gives Calgary Stampeders 'extra boost of whatever it is' in Grey Cup playoffs
    As far as Calgary Stampeders linebacker Deron Mayo is concerned, Juwan Simpson, especially his mouth, got back just in time.
    "I'm thinking about hiring him as a motivational speaker once he's done football," Mayo told the Calgary Sun. "I might start my own business with Simp."
    A former Alabama star, Simpson had missed the final five games of the regular season with a broken collarbone, but made it back on the field for the CFL Western Conference semifinal game against the British Columbia Lions on Sunday, and the middle linebacker had the Stampeders ready to play.

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