Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for September 24, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for September 24, 2015

    Huff post-practice comments - Sept. 23
    Coach Hufnagel talks about playing Winnipeg on Friday.

    Keon cracks Top 10
    Keon Raymond cracked the Stamps’ all-time leaders in interceptions thanks to his two picks on Friday. He now has 24 career interceptions, tying him with Ray Odums (1977-84) for 10th place in franchise history.

    Through the eyes of Juwan Simpson
    See pre-game warm-up from MLB Juwan Simpson's perspective.


    This week, the Calgary Stampeders are trying to avoid history repeating itself when they march into Winnipeg to face the 4-8 Blue Bombers at Investors Group Field.
    The first bit of history the Stamps hope to erase is a recent hiccup on special teams in last week’s tilt with the BC Lions. The game featured two second half 103-yard returns for touchdowns by the elusive Chris Rainey.
    It was the first time this season a kickoff and a punt have been returned for majors in the same game but it’s not an occurrence Adam Thibault and is teammates are particularly glowing about.

    Calgary Stampeders' Buddy Jackson eager to earn back his spot
    There’s an acronym Rich Stubler has used since his days with the Toronto Argonauts to outline the expectations he has for his players.
    FIFO: Fit in or ... you’ll have to guess the R-rated ending on your own.
    It’s something Calgary Stampeders secondary coach Kahlil Carter, who played for Stubler in Toronto for parts of three seasons before joining the grizzled defensive co-ordinator in Red & White this year, has been preaching to his charges.

    Calgary Stampeders face improved Winnipeg Blue Bombers squad
    The results haven’t improved much.
    But the Winnipeg Blue Bombers personnel sure has.
    Since the last time the Calgary Stampeders invaded Investors Group Field and walked away with a relatively easy 36-8 CFL win a month ago, the Bombers have added veteran quarterback Matt Nichols and young signal-caller Tajh Boyd to the offensive fold.
    This week, they bolstered the defence in a big way, re-signing linebacker Ian Wild, who was cut recently by the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Calgary Stampeders star Jon Cornish talks about life at the NFL Combine
    Long after Jon Cornish calls it a career and goes down as one of the best homegrown running backs to ever do it in the three-down game, many will continue to debate how he would have fared in the NFL and why he never gave it a chance.
    In the winter of 2007, following his senior season with the NCAA’s University of Kansas Jayhawks, the future Calgary Stampeders star went about his work at the NFL Combine in a much different way than his peers, which included Adrian Peterson, a fellow Big 12 tailback with the Oklahoma Sooners, and Marshawn Lynch, a human wrecking-ball from the West Coast with the California Golden Bears.

    Stamps hope Winnipeg trip not the last this season
    Forgive Dave Dickenson if he gets a bit nostalgic upon landing at James Armstrong Richardson Airport on Thursday.
    Two of the Hall of Fame quarterback’s greatest football memories came in Winnipeg, both at the now-demolished Canad Inns Stadium, the last two times the Manitoba capital hosted the Grey Cup.
    In 2006, Dickenson led the B.C. Lions to a methodical win over the Montreal Alouettes and was named the Grey Cup MVP.

    Nichols next up for stifling Stampeders defence
    The customary noise simulation in a virtually-empty McMahon Stadium for a portion of Wednesday’s practice had been changed up. Not the usual generic crowd drone, at all, but a loud blast of funky music.
    Some new hip-hop/rap chart-topper, no doubt.
    “No, no, it was an old-school song,’’ corrected Keon Raymond, slightly dumbfounded at his elderly interrogator’s lack — no, absence — of acumen on the subject. “I think it was Atomic Dog. Yeah, that’s what it was. Atomic Dog.’’

    Gilroy's Garcia to be enshrined in San Jose Sports Hall of Fame
    Gilroy’s Jeff Garcia is among four South Bay legends who will be inducted in the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame this year.
    Garcia, along with Olympic medalist John Carlos, legendary swim coach Chris Carver and Olympian Manuel “Mani” Hernandez will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov. 9 at the SAP Center in San Jose.

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