Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for October 15, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for October 15, 2015


    Huff talks about trade for Messam

    Coach Hufnagel talks about today's trade with Saskatchewan to acquire national running back Jerome Messam.

    Huff post-practice comments - Oct. 14
    Coach Hufnagel talks to the media after today's practice.

    2015 PinkPower
    The Stamps held their annual PinkPower game on Oct. 10.

    A 15-year breast cancer survivor
    Assistant GM John Murphy shares his mom's breast cancer story.

    Forget the Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Stampeders focus now on Toronto Argonauts

    As the entire Calgary Stampeders fanbase is still trying to figure out a way to beat the Edmonton Eskimos, Bo Levi Mitchell has moved on.
    To steal a phrase from Bill Belichick, Mitchell is on to the Toronto Argonauts.
    And with good reason.
    For a team that has moved the football and put points on the board as consistently as the Calgary Stampeders have over the past couple of CFL campaigns, the offensive struggles against the Eskimos’ smothering defence this season have been monumental.

    Calgary Stampeders' Jon Cornish talks about that huge Eskies hit
    Whenever Jon Cornish takes a hit to the head, stadiums go quiet.
    That's exactly what happened in the fourth quarter of the Calgary Stampeders' 15-11 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday when linebacker Dexter McCoil tagged the star running back with a breath-holding hit near the sideline.
    Cornish said he was fine after the game, but quietly wasn't too happy about it.

    Thinking of the ratio, Stamps add Messam to deep running back group
    For your next poker party, you may want to invite John Hufnagel. No one holds his cards closer to his vest.
    After nary a hint that anything was imminent, the Calgary Stampeders’ general manager pulled off one of two big deals on CFL trade deadline day, acquiring running back Jerome Messam and a fifth-round 2015 draft choice from the Saskatchewan Roughriders for kicker Tyler Crapigna, a third-round pick and a negotiation list player.

    Crapigna opens up new chapter in Saskatchewan
    It was really only a matter of time before the Calgary Stampeders’ kicking situation would be sorted out and that the quality young man sitting in the wings would get his opportunity elsewhere.
    But even he was thrown for a bit of a loop.
    “I guess it caught me a bit by surprise,” admitted Tyler Crapigna, who on Wednesday was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for running back Jerome Messam. Draft picks were also part of the deal.
    “I figured if nothing would have happened by now, especially with other struggling kickers in the league, I kind of figured this is something that wasn’t going to happen right now. Maybe something would happen in the off-season.

    Riders trade Jerome Messam to Stamps...while he's at the Blue Jays' playoff game
    The CFL's second-leading rusher changed teams during Wednesday's trade deadline, and he found out about it while attending the Toronto Blue Jays' epic Game Five ALDS win over the Texas Rangers. That would be Canadian running back Jerome Messam, who was sent from Saskatchewan to Calgary along with a fifth-round pick (which the Roughriders got from Montreal in exchange for quarterback Kevin Glenn earlier in the day) for a third-round pick and Canadian kicker Tyler Crapigna. Messam posted on Twitter and Instagram that he was "Just gonna enjoy the game and deal with life when it's over," and included a selfie from his seat at the Rogers Centre. Here's a screenshot of his Instagram post:

    Stamps make big splash at trade deadline by getting Messam
    John Hufnagel made a big move at the CFL trade deadline. It just wasn’t to fill a need that was glaring just days ago.
    The Calgary Stampeders sent Canadian kicker Tyler Crapigna, a 2014 draft pick, to the Saskatchewan Roughriders along with a third-round draft pick and an undisclosed negotiation list player to get Canadian running back Jerome Messam and a fifth-round pick.
    It was a bold move, but it told more of a story about the health of the Stampeders than what was revealed earlier this week.

    Such is the life of a quarterback: if the team is winning, he’s great. And if the team loses, the quarterback always gets the blame. The Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell knows this all too well after Saturday’s loss to the Edmonton Eskimos.
    Everyone knew Saturday’s CFL West match-up was going to be tough. Expectations were high for both Edmonton and Calgary on offence and defence. Both teams have great quarterbacks and receivers and strong defences.
    With the 15-11 Eskimos win, a lot of Calgary fans are pointing their fingers at Mitchell. Some were even muttering that he’s “Bo-verated”. Is it fair? Well, yes and no.

    No 'struggle' in the Battle of Alberta
    Let’s talk football code for a moment. When you hear that a quarterback is a 'game manager' it means they’re average and don’t have the skill set to carry a team on their back in the playoffs. A 'short yardage specialist' is a slow running back, a 'possession receiver' is a slow receiver and a 'road grader' is an offensive lineman who has not missed many meals.
    This brings me to Edmonton’s 15-11 win over the Calgary Stampeders. Now if you just look at the total points scored (26) and the total yardage, both slightly below average, you would call this a 'defensive struggle'. The problem is that term is code for a lousy game. You will often hear it by broadcasters who are masking the sloppy offence going on all over the field in a shameless attempt to keep as many eyeballs on the TV screen. However in some cases a tight defensive game is actually a wildly entertaining matchup between two talented squads both executing at a high level.

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