The Calgary Stampeders may have historical past on their facet Monday once they host the Edmonton Elks.
Calgary (1-3) has gained the final eight Labour Day showdowns in opposition to Edmonton (1-2). However that is of little solace to Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson.
“I do not actually fear about whether or not I’ve had success one place or not as a result of it is a new crew, new yr — bizarre yr,” Dickenson stated. “It is nonetheless soccer, it is nonetheless the Labour Day Traditional.
“It’s going to be an thrilling recreation. Climate is meant to be wonderful, ought to be a terrific crowd, only a nice atmosphere to go on the market and see which crew is healthier.”
Not like many earlier years when Alberta’s two CFL golf equipment had been sitting at or close to the highest of the West Division standings at this level within the season, each discover themselves in want of a victory
“We’re simply attempting to deal with the sport and we all know the problem that’s forward of us,” stated Dickenson, whose crew is coming off an 18-16 street loss to the defending Gray Cup-champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Aug. 29.
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“The motivation is we each play within the West, so we’re each on the underside of the standings proper now and we perceive that one in every of us has to climb out of that gap, possibly on the different crew’s expense. In order that’s the place it is at for me.”
Rookie Jake Maier will make a 3rd straight begin at quarterback for Calgary. Veteran Bo Levi Mitchell (fractured tibia) resumed practising this week after coming off the six-game injured listing however shall be on the one-game listing for this contest.
“I am studying increasingly daily how a lot of a spectacle (the Labour Day Traditional) is, not solely to us and Edmonton, however simply to the group and all of the followers and the wealthy custom behind it,” Maier stated. “I perceive the usual that we uphold right here in Calgary in relation to this recreation and this weekend.
“I am trying ahead to placing my finest foot ahead and actually as a crew construct on what we did final week.”
Edmonton hasn’t performed since a 21-16 win over B.C. on Aug. 19. The Elks had been scheduled to play in Toronto on Aug. 26 however that recreation was postponed after the West Division membership had COVID-19 points.
The sport with Toronto has since been rescheduled for Nov. 16.
Edmonton resumed practising Wednesday and head coach Jaime Elizondo praised his gamers for having a stable week of preparation.
“It is like they do not miss a beat,” stated Elizondo, who added his gamers are desirous to get again into motion in opposition to the Stamps. “I feel there’s lots of pleasure, edge. I feel they’re so mentally in a great place proper now, all components thought of. They know what it is about.
“On the identical time and I am a giant believer on this, it is Recreation 4 on our schedule. I do not imply to reduce the Labour Day Traditional. It is an enormous recreation. It is a terrific atmosphere, however on the finish of the day, it is Recreation 4 and when Recreation 4 ends, we’ll deal with Recreation 5.”
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That recreation shall be a rematch simply 5 days later at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.
“We need to go on the market and get a win and comply with it up the following week,” stated fullback Calvin McCarty, who will make his Calgary debut Monday. “To win each, you have to get the primary one.
“The plan proper now could be to get this one and the following plan will to be go get that one as effectively. On the finish of the day, it is an in-province rivalry right here in our stadium and we have to take benefit.”
McCarty spent 13 seasons with Edmonton (2007-19) however got here out of retirement to signal with Calgary this season.
“I have been enjoying soccer since I used to be six, seven years previous,” McCarty stated. “I nonetheless adore it, man.
“It is my ardour. It is in my DNA. To exit and have a chance to undergo it after this lengthy layoff, I am excited. I am hyped.”
Operating again/returner Terry Williams will face his former crew for the primary time since signing with Edmonton within the low season.
“I am excited,” stated Williams, who spent three seasons with the Stamps (2017-19). “That is very private for me.
“Simply going there and successful there at McMahon, it is undoubtedly all the time been difficult for different groups. I all the time knew that for different groups coming in.
“They’ll be effectively coached. They’ll play bodily. They’ll be able to go. I feel we will do what we have to do. I feel we’re ready and I do know that as a crew we’re prepared.”