“I don’t think he can take a hit.”
Printed, posted...game on!
Those words from Calgary Stampeders Charleston Hughes directed at Roughriders running Kory Sheets just made Friday night’s wild west showdown even more intriguing.
The response from Sheets was simple to reporters, “If you can catch me, come and hit me.”
The rivalry between the Riders and Stamps became big when the bitterness of Henry Burris’ free agent signing in Calgary got to Rider Nation in 2006. But it’s seven years later and Burris hasn’t been a Stampeder in 18 months.
But the hatred between the two teams hasn’t diminished as it continues to grow. Last year, it was Riders Head Coach Corey Chamblin’s guarantee that Jon Cornish wouldn’t run for 100 yards.
Then came Cornish’s sideline antics to the Mosaic Stadium crowd.
After that, they faced each other in one of the most exciting playoff games in recent history when Drew Tate hit a wide open Romby Bryant in the final seconds to beat the Riders in the Western Semi-Final, as Calgary ran all the way to a Grey Cup appearance.
In game one of this season the Riders rolled, as they have against every opponent so far this season.
Since then the Stampeders have looked almost as unbeatable as the Riders have, which makes for one must see television moment on Friday Night Football.
There isn’t a better stage for these two teams than on TSN’s marquee night of CFL football with a lot on the line.
The difference between a win and loss is huge this early in the season for both teams, and the BC Lions will certainly be interested as well.
Jamie Nye bleeds green and is the Roughrider insider for News Talk 980 CJME Regina and News Talk 650 CKOM Saskatoon. All of his Rider coverage can be found at www.GreenZoneFootball.com and you can follow him on Twitter @JamieNye.