Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 22, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 22, 2015

    West Division clash of the titans

    The CFL's West Division Final gives us a true clash of the titans, according to Sportsnet CFL Insider Arash Madani. Arash joined The Big Show to break down Calgary Stampeders visit the Edmonton Eskimos in the West Final on Sunday.

    John Hufnagel Pre-Game - Nov. 21

    Stampeders head coach and GM John Hufnagel talks about playing a well-rested Eskimos team, but isn't thinking about this potentially being the last game he coaches.

    Grey Cup berth on the line in latest battle of Alberta
    For the second straight year, the battle of Alberta will decide who represents the West Division in the Grey Cup. Ryan Rishaug and Mike Benevides get you set for kickoff.

    Third-straight loss to Eskimos would be end of line for Calgary Stampeders

    One for the money.
    Two for the show.
    Three for the ...
    Sorry, Trooper, forget the 'lady on the radio.'
    The Calgary Stampeders need to avoid a third consecutive loss to the Edmonton Eskimos if they want to avoid an early Christmas vacation.

    5 key battles for Stampeders-Eskimos
    When the 2015 CFL schedule was released last winter, the West Division Final said TBD vs. TBD.
    They could've written this game in.
    It's exactly the game everyone has expected for months.
    The Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos will battle for a second-straight year for the right to represent the west side in the Grey Cup, except this time the venue is Commonwealth Stadium not McMahon Stadium.

    Calgary Stampeders' Jeff Hecht back to haunt hometown
    The calls Jeff Hecht was used to barking out inside a loud Commonwealth Stadium were a little bit different in his youth.
    “50/50! Get your 50/50 tickets! 50/50!”
    These days, the Calgary Stampeders defensive back and native Edmontonian has dropped the apron and ticket hustle in exchange for a quest for a second-straight Grey Cup ring, but there’s no doubt Sunday’s West Final (2:30 p.m., TSN/News Talk 770) against the team he grew up watching will be special for the 30-year-old.

    Calgary Stampeders-Edmonton Eskimos West Final could come down to play of QBs
    If you simply check the box score, the Bo Levi Mitchell vs. Mike Reilly era got started in the exact same game one year ago.
    That isn't really true.
    While Mitchell was wheeling and dealing his way to 336 passing yards and four touchdowns in last year's 43-18 romp by the Calgary Stampeders over the visiting Edmonton Eskimos, Reilly was simply trying to get through the game on a bad wheel after breaking a bone in his foot heading into the playoffs.

    Calgary Stampeders SB Marquay McDaniel coming off quiet West Semifinal
    Good thing Marquay McDaniel isn’t obsessed with numbers.
    Because last week’s stat sheet is one for the bottom of the bird cage as opposed to the scrapbook.
    Three receptions. Eleven yards.
    Those aren’t the kind of digits expected of one of the finest ball-catchers in the CFL.

    Edmonton Eskimos SB Kenny Stafford familiar face to Calgary Stampeders
    It’s almost like Kenny Stafford is back on the schoolyard.
    Back when the quarterback would draw up patterns for everyone in the dirt and then look at Stafford and say “Kenny, you go deep.”
    Stafford has gone deep all season long against the Calgary Stampeders.

    Calgary Stampeders GM/head coach John Hufnagel has had some memorable playoff moments
    John Hufnagel didn’t mince words when asked for his thoughts on what could be his final game on the sideline in Sunday’s West Final at Commonwealth Stadium.
    “I hope not,” the Calgary Stampeders GM/head coach quickly shot back during Saturday’s press conference.
    While that will be decided on the field Sunday afternoon between two teams with identical 14-4 regular-season records when Hufnagel and his Stamps run out of the tunnel to face the Edmonton Eskimos, there’s no doubting the fact that the sand in Hufnagel’s coaching hourglass is running out.

    Breaking down the CFL's Western Conference final
    Kirk Penton's top five storylines heading into the East final...
    1. The Stampeders offensive line
    Centre Pierre Lavertu and guard Shane Bergman both got hurt in last week's West semifinal, bringing to four the number of injured starting offensive linemen. Only Spencer Wilson remains from the start of the season. The Stamps will start three imports on the line, including John Estes at centre for the first time. The Esks will be able to rush three like they usually do and likely have a fair share of success getting to Bo Levi Mitchell.

    Stamps' Edmonton connections pumped for West final showdown
    Given his druthers, Corbin Sharun couldn’t have picked a better game in which to make his return to the football field.
    Against the CFL team that gave him the boot after five seasons … how’s that for motivation?
    “No comment,” said the tight-lipped Sharun, Edmonton-born and bred, who was let go by the Eskimos in training camp this season, before hooking up with the Calgary Stampeders.

    Stamps-Esks ready to rock in the West final
    A three-week wait for a three-hour play date.
    “You can go a little stir crazy after awhile,” confessed defensive tackle Almondo Sewell.
    Mike Reilly understands the sensation, having noticed an onset of involuntarily, tedium-induced twitches coming on.
    “It’s been a long time since we’ve been on the field,’’ acknowledged the tough-as-old-rhino-hide Edmonton Eskimos’ quarterback.

    Twelve Calgary storylines for a West final between the two best CFL teams
    This is the 12th time in CFL history that the Battle of Alberta will determine a Grey Cup berth, and this one shapes up to be one of the best meetings of all-time.
    With both teams at 14-4, this equals the most combined wins between the two teams in the regular season when meeting in the West final (or North, as it was called in 1995).
    There is plenty of juice in this orange when it comes to interesting stories. There was almost too many to cover this week, with the main focus being the Stampeders offensive line. We will get to that, but on Calgary’s side, there is so much going on.

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