Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 7, 2014

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 7, 2014

    Lions and Stamps meet for first time since heated exchange

    The Lions and Stamps meet on Friday Night Football for the first time since Solomon Elimimian and Fred Bennett shared some trash talk on September 27th. Can we expect some more of the same?


    During a season when numerous Stampeders players reached the 100-game milestone, probably none have done it more quietly than defensive back Lin-J Shell.
    If you ask him about it, that’s just the way he’d prefer it.
    “The funny part is I didn’t even know I had hit the 100-game mark,” says Shell, a six-year CFL veteran. “We were so focused on getting these wins that I wasn’t thinking about it. It wasn’t until, I think, Smitty (Brendan Smith) came and actually told me ‘You’re over 100 games.’ I didn’t even know.”

    The most recent Stampeders player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, obviously, is Jon Cornish.
    But do you know who was the first member of the Red and White to achieve that benchmark. If you answered “Howard Waugh” then move to the head of the class.
    Waugh wasn’t with the Stampeders very long — he played 14 games in 1954 and 10 in 1957 — but he definitely made an impact.

    Lions, Stampeders looking for playoff momentum
    The B.C. Lions and Calgary Stampeders will put on a quarterbacking show Friday in their final game of the 2014 CFL regular season at B.C. Place Stadium.
    Both clubs plan to use two signal-callers as they get ready for the playoffs. Kevin Glenn will start as usual for the Lions (9-8) as they attempt to lock up third place in the West Division. But rarely used backup John Beck, the league’s oldest rookie quarterback at 33, will also see action.
    "It’s one of those situations where I’m going to let (Glenn) play as much as he needs to," said Lions coach Mike Benevides. "I don’t have any thoughts of having a sequence in and out."

    Calgary Stampeders still have something left to play for against the B.C. Lions
    In the grand scheme of things, Friday night at BC Place means little.
    It means momentum, rhythm and maybe a little bit of confidence.
    In 24 days, however, the next Canadian Football League game at BC Place will mean a lot.
    Of course, the Calgary Stampeders have a West Final on Nov. 23 to get through before anyone begins thinking about the Grey Cup, but considering they haven’t won inside the dome since they upset the host Lions in the 2012 West Final, playing well in the place the championship game will be held is important.

    Stamps DB Fred Bennett does little talking as and Lions WR Emmanuel Arceneaux says it all
    On Sept. 29, two days after the Calgary Stampeders outlasted the B.C. Lions without scoring a touchdown in a 14-7 win, Emmanuel Arceneaux sent out a tweet.
    Nothing strange about that.
    The Leos receiver does that on a daily basis.
    The tweet pictured Stampeders cornerback Fred Bennett on the ground, along with the caption, “Calgary’s Fred Bennett #8 has the Best Seat in the House After I Gave him a Quick Smack to the Face! #TheMannyShow.”
    Five weeks later, that’s long gone but, similar to Bennett’s televised halftime exchange with Leos linebacker and MOP candidate Solomon Elimimian — “We don’t know who you are. Keep walking. Bye. Keep walking. We don’t know who you are,” Elimimian yelled at Bennett — it’s hardly forgotten.

    Nik Lewis takes a seat for Calgary Stampeders
    Nik Lewis is getting a rest.
    But whether or not that rest will extend into the playoffs is another story altogether.
    The Calgary Stampeders’ 11-year veteran won’t dress for Friday’s regular-season finale against the B.C. Lions (8 p.m., TSN/News Talk 770), and his status moving forward is, once again, tied to the ratio and the health status of Canadian running back Jon Cornish, who is sidelined with a concussion.

    Calgary Stampeders safety Adam Berger jack of all trades
    The Adam Berger you see now is much different than the Adam Berger of six or seven years ago.
    When you look at the Calgary Stampeders’ second-year man these days, you see a 6-foot, 207-lb. free-safety who can cover, hit and has made giant strides in his young CFL career.
    During the 24-year-old’s high school days at Lord Tweedsmuir in Surrey, B.C., Berger was a dual-threat quarterback running a spread-option offence.

    Stamps' Jon Cornish looking for a long-term solution
    Those who care passionately about the Calgary Stampeders want Jon Cornish, arguably the best player in the Canadian Football League, to “rest up” his concussion for two weeks and be ready to play in the Western final.
    Those who care passionately about Jon Cornish --- not the same thing, at all --- feel the way hockey fans felt about Sidney Crosby during the winters of 2011 and 2012.
    Worried about the long-term health of a rare and precious talent. Worried what the first hit he absorbs, upon his return, might do to his brain. Stamps Cornish looking long term solution/10359999/story.html

    Lions look to close out campaign on a strong note against Calgary
    Friday night football in BC Place will feature a couple of teams each with the same directive: finish off the regular season with a little momentum. For the home side, it first means putting all memories of their most recent 37-3 debacle at the hands of the Edmonton Eskimos firmly out of their collective minds.
    “After what happened, we watched the film, we learned from it, we flushed it and we’ve moved on,” acknowledged Lions’ quarterback Kevin Glenn. “Calgary, with them clinching, they probably won’t bring everybody, but at the same they’re not going to come here and lay down.” look close campaign strong/10360443/story.html

    Stamps aiming to break five-year losing streak at BC Place
    There’s something about playing in the cosy confines of BC Place that apparently doesn’t sit well with the Calgary Stampeders.
    The Stamps haven’t won at this venue since Oct. 31, 2009, the most recent loss the final game of the 2013 regular season. It’s the same setting this year, but with a different outcome dancing in their heads.
    “Last year, I think guys were comfortable locking up first place,” suggested receiver Marquay McDaniel, who makes his return to the Stamps’ lineup when Calgary plays the B.C. Lions Friday night (8 p.m. MDT, News Talk 770, TSN). Stampeders Stamps aiming/10360441/story.html

    Game Day: Calgary Stampeders at B.C. Lions
    The Stamps offence should get a boost from the return of their leading receiver. Despite missing the past six games due to a broken hand, McDaniel still leads the Stamps in receiving yardage, and he sits 13th overall in the league. There is only one game to get tuned up for the divisional final at McMahon Stadium, so expect the sure-handed receiver to get plenty of action to make sure he’s ready. In an ironic twist, he’s back in the same stadium where his season ended due to injury last year, also in the season-finale. Football League Game/10360459/story.html

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