News Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for October 11, 2013

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for October 11, 2013

    Salvation Army Coat Drive
    With the Canadian Football League season heading into the stretch run, warm sunny summer days will soon be nothing but a memory and it will once again be time to dig into storage closets for cold-weather gear.
    The Calgary Stampeders ask their fans to remember the less-fortunate members of the community who don’t have suitable winter wear as the club launches its 11th annual Share the Warmth coat drive in support of The Salvation Army. This year’s drive is enthusiastically supported by radio station Q107, Calgary’s Classic Rock — The Jeff & Sarah Show.

    Last Saturday night at McMahon Stadium, as the Stampeders played the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Nik Lewis hobbled up and down the sideline greeting his teammates as they would come off the field, congratulating them, cheering for them and offering a quick shot of advice.
    Since going down to a devastating leg injury in Week 8 versus the BC Lions, Lewis has been actively trying to support the team in any way possible, including mentoring the younger receivers.
    “I think I still do the same as far as leadership and everything,” Lewis said after Wednesday’s morning practice.

    Vital month on tap for the Stamps
    Let the tournament begin!
    The entire Canadian Football League heads into the final four weeks of the season with divisional matchups for the balance of the season. For the Calgary Stampeders, that gives them a a chance to learn their fate in head-to-head competition.
    The Stampeders enter the 'tournament' with a two-game lead on the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the British Columbia Lions. However, three of their final four games are against those teams. The point is, the Stampeders are in good shape but their closest rivals have a great shot at running the Stampeders down.

    Cornish & Co. ready for Leos
    The B.C. Lions weren’t going to get trampled by Jon Cornish again.
    After watching the Stamps running back run for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a season-opening 44-32 victory at McMahon Stadium, the Leos made some changes.

    Calgary Stampeders RB Peanut Smith anxious for action
    You don’t have to meet Clifton Smith to realize he isn’t the tallest guy around.
    The Calgary Stampeders running back/kick returner is better known by his nickname Peanut.
    “It was my rookie year in Tampa,” Smith said. “Me and (former Buccaneers running back) Warrick Dunn are the same height.

    Calgary Stampeders look to freeze out challenges in final four games
    It’s been a common theme all week long.
    The mercury is dipping, the leaves are falling, and the toques — some of the American players have no idea what those are yet — are out.
    That also means the games are more important.
    Playoff football is in the air. You can smell it. Seriously.

    Lions' DeMarco vs. Stampeders' Mayo -- Friendly enemies
    A lot of faces around the CFL are new to Thomas DeMarco.
    Deron Mayo’s won’t be.
    When the B.C. Lions second-year quarterback — who’s filling in for an injured Travis Lulay and will make his fourth straight start Friday at McMahon Stadium (7 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770) — walks up to the line of scrimmage and surveys the Calgary Stampeders defence, he’ll notice former Old Dominion teammate Mayo lined up at weakside linebacker.

    Stamps have a chance to clinch home-field advantage as early as Friday
    In school, Keon Raymond reckons he had as reasonable an aptitude for numbers as whatever kid happened to be sitting at the desk next to him.
    “Pretty good, pretty good,” judges the all-purpose defender. “As good as I had to be, anyway.” A small, self-deprecating smile. “Maybe not as good as my mom thought I should be, though . . .”

    Stamps hogs best in the CFL despite revolving door of injuries
    A discombobulated Jon Gott — a white thread from a practice sweater dangling in his trademark beard — trudged off the field Thursday in mock despair.
    “My team is struggling,” Gott said after the latest edition of the Calgary Stampeders offensive line bocce tournament held the day before every home game. “I’m trying to help out, but my team is struggling. It’s been tough.”
    He managed a smile.

    Chevy still going strong as he fights hard to keep his dream job
    Some 20 years after the fact, Randy Chevrier still fights the urge to gag when discussing his first job at a Montreal bus depot.
    Glamorous it was not.
    “I had to clean the buses when they came in,” says the Calgary Stampeders long snapper, scrunching up his nose at the memory. “I remember there was a bus that drove up after a three-day trip from Mexico. It was disgusting. I’ll never forget the smell.”

    Cornish reminds rival life isn’t always a rush
    Andrew Harris’s combination of raw talent and free-flowing passion made him one of the most feared playmakers in the Canadian Football League last season.
    But, this year, that passion has turned into a form of bottled-up rage, as the B.C. Lions tailback struggles to make something happen on every possession.
    Harris might think the same thoughts, but it’s not in his nature to call out his offensive linemen and publicly chastise them as Jon Cornish of the Calgary Stampeders did last season.

    Stamps, Lions kick off sprint for playoff positions
    The battle for playoff positioning in the CFL’s West Division kicks into high gear when the Calgary Stampeders host the B.C. Lions on Friday.
    The Stampeders, Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders have all secured playoff spots, but order of finish will be determined in these final four weeks of the regular season.

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