Stoughton gets grippers for foe

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:15 PM ET

BEAUSEJOUR — It was a case of hot feet — not stinky ones.

The “Gripper Game” between Charleswood’s Jeff Stoughton and La Salle’s Randy Neufeld at the Safeway Championship was briefly interrupted on Thursday to get Neufeld’s third, Cory Anderson, a set of grippers to wear.

“He needed two and he got two,” said Stoughton, who retrieved the grippers for him. “He (Anderson) was just walking down the ice and melting the ice. You could see his footprints all the way down the ice and you can’t do that because it basically stops the rock. It’s like a pick when you’re hitting a dead spot. He put the grippers on and everything was good.

“He’s got so much heat (in his shoes) and the ice is a little bit soft and he was leaving footprints all the way down the sheet — both feet, which is kind of bizarre … He puts on a slip-on slider and it’s hard to say how old his shoes are. He’s a big guy and he’s throwing a lot of heat out there.”

So, he’s got stinky feet then?

“No, hot feet. Hot feet,” Stoughton quickly corrected.

The Neufeld team laughed about it.

“Oh yeah, they’re good guys,” Stoughton said. “After he after the grippers went, the marks went away and everything was OK.”

BEST EVER: Deer Lodge’s Willy Lyburn figures his team has all the credentials to be a contender here.

“This team is the strongest one I’ve ever played on and we’ve just got to keep it going,” he said after whipping West Kildonan’s Dave Elias 10-2. “I mean, look at it. We have (second) Alex Forrest, who won the Manitoba junior Buffalo last year and lost the national final. (Third) James (Kirkness) and (lead) Greg (Melnichuk) both have Buffaloes. So, the records are there. I just got these guys to try to help me get one.”

BOMBERS COMING: Both Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce and offensive lineman Glenn January will be in Beausejour to sign autographs at the Sun Gro Centre on Saturday from 11:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m.


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