The Calgary Stampeders may have lost five games to this point of the 2012 season, but it safe to say one loss stands out more than the others.
That loss would be the July 28 home loss to the British Columbia Lions, a game in which the Stamps were thoroughly beaten in every area during that loss to their division rival.
|Vote for the Stamps!|
It was probably a fortunate circumstance that the Stamps went into a bye week following the game, as tension and frustration over the loss was evident everywhere.
However, there may have been some good to come out of that loss. Calgary running back Jon Cornish made some ill-timed post-game comments about his offensive line, but since that game has emerged as a dominant run threat in the Canadian Football League.
Weeks later, it appears as though the Stamps have re-focused, winning six of their last eight outings as proof.
They have also watched QB Kevin Glenn emerge as a very effective game manager.
Over that stretch, Glenn has tossed a dozen touchdown passes, but more importantly, has thrown just six interceptions while racking up a 66.4 per cent completion average.
All that strong play has given the Stampeders a chance to control their own destiny. They have already won the season series against division rivals Saskatchewan and Edmonton and also have two meetings remaining with the Lions, one of which arrives on Saturday night.
That ability to control their destiny is something that Cornish is well aware of.
“You don’t get too many chances to see teams in this situation at this time of year,” said Cornish, “I’m actually really excited about it.”
He is also aware the Stampeders need to redeem themselves from the earlier loss
“When you have an opportunity to right the wrongs, that I guess I committed and we didn’t have too good a game,” noted Cornish.
“I’m looking forward to going out there and facing a team that is one of the best in the CFL right now.”
Cornish is also downplaying playing against another successful Canadian running back in Andrew Harris of the Lions.
“He’s (Harris) on offence, he has nothing to do with me.” said the Lower Mainland product Cornish.
Mark Stephen is Sports Director of CHQR Radio in Calgary and has broadcast Calgary Stampeder games since 1996. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkonFootball.