Super Dave

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

Dave Dickenson gets the same strange feeling every time he walks into McMahon Stadium.

So many good times, so many friends made, so many memories. All in the past.

There are plenty of familiar faces in the crowd, plenty of important people in attendance, so it's easy to forget there's a game to be played.

"I think about it but sometimes it can be a distraction," said the former Calgary Stampeders quarterback. "All of my Montana friends that want to watch me play target the Calgary game to come watch.

"In the past, they could pick lots of games. But since we're only there once this year, we've got a good crew coming up."

Dickenson brings his B.C. Lions into town on quite a hot streak. The Wally Buono-coached squad has won nine straight regular-season games dating back to last season.

Even with their No. 1 quarterback missing the contest a week ago, the Lions never missed a beat. Back spasms caused Dickenson to sit out, handing over the offence to 2004 MVP Casey Printers, who beat the Edmonton Eskimos.

But Dickenson marked this meeting with Calgary on his calendar when the CFL schedule came out and doesn't want to miss it.

"With my back right now, I want to come in there feeling pretty close to healthy," said Dickenson, who was hurt for both contests last season in Calgary. "I would be very disappointed if it didn't allow me to play. The Stamps will be ready for us. I expect a good, hard-nosed football game."

Dickenson, his wife, Tammy, and daughter, Avery, make their off-season home in Calgary but the player keeps a low profile. The veteran pivot doesn't want to overshadow anything the Stampeders might be doing.

His last game at McMahon was in 2003, when the Lions tore apart the Stamps to the tune of 30-7. It's the only regular-season game in which Dickenson played since returning from his stint in the NFL.

And the last time Dickenson was in a Stampeders uniform was in 2000, when the University of Montana product was named league MVP.

"I barely know anybody with Calgary anymore. There's been a change in ownership," he said. "There's been plenty of changes on the field. They have good players. Once they get together and start meshing, I see them being one of those teams that every year challenges for the West title."

Even with his small cheering section of family and friends, Dickenson expects the boobirds to voice their displeasure. They might still be hurt Dickenson could have become a Stampeder again in 2003.

"They love their Stamps so the times they see me, I fully expect them to be harassing me," he said. "Part of the reason was they had some trouble at the quarterback position the past couple years.

"It was well-documented that in 2003, I wanted to come back there.

"Things happen for a reason and they have Henry Burris back in the fold and I'm doing my thing out here.

"Both teams have the position solidified. I thought that when I left for the NFL, if I didn't make it, I could come back to Calgary. Things didn't happen that way."


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