First off a win is a win and they all count especially at the end of the year, however in beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 23-20 the Calgary Stampeders showed that they are a long way from being a dominant team in the CFL this year. Also once again they failed to put together four quarters of good football.
The biggest upside for the Stampeders is their defense! other than a tackling error and a great block on Fred Reid’s 46 yard TD run. And a completely blown coverage assignment on the 61 yard TD pass by Steven Jyles to Terrence Edwards. Other than that the Stamps really didn’t let the Bombers have much of anything all night.
Offensively lets begin with Ken-Yon Rambo! He made his return after suffering a gruesome knee injury last year and made it with a bang catching 6 balls for 86 yards and scored in the first quarter, and really looked good all night. Nik Lewis was once again unstoppable in the slot for Calgary with 10 catches for 160 yards and the most impressive hurdle I think I may have ever seen in a football game. (seriously youtube it, or watch the game highlights on www.cfl.ca) Henry Burris had a good day passing again going 28/38 for 340 yards and 2 TD’s, however he lost a fumble that really could have put the game away and has to do a better job of protecting the ball. Though I would think smiling Hank would be the first to say it himself. The Calgary run game was non existent thanks to a good Bombers run D and the fact that Calgary was moving the ball so well through the air. Burris was the Stamps leading rusher with 55 yards on 6 carries.
Next up for the Stampeders is a date with the BC Lions Saturday night. If the Stamps can put everything together this game shouldn’t be close but I suspect that it should be a good game as BC head coach Wally Buono always gets up to play his former team!
Have a good one!
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Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!