Simon says smack

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Geroy Simon says he doesn't bother with trash talk, then unloaded a couple bags of it anyway.

The B.C. Lions outstanding receiver, who leads the CFL with 1,554 yards and 13 TDs, said he won't stoop to the level of Calgary's Nik Lewis and Jeremaine Copeland by firing verbal shots.

But when coaxed ...

"I couldn't care less about Trick Lewis or Jeremaine Hopeless," Simon said yesterday, proving there is no limit to the childish rhetoric between the clubs who seem destined to meet next month in the West final.

"I'm not the type of person who starts stuff but I feel like I'm a finisher.

"If we go out and put up big numbers and have a big game and win, that will keep their mouths shut."

As for Lewis and Copeland, they were surprisingly quiet yesterday.

"I'm not talkin' about Geroy," said Lewis firmly.

Copeland had slightly more to say.

"I'm not worried about what he's talking about," said Copeland.

"It's all about this game. What I want to do is win more than anything else."

The verbal jousting has been going on for nearly a week after Lewis and Copeland mocked Simon's touchdown celebration, which mimic's a super hero's pose, calling it 'gay.'

Simon said a week ago he would be coming after Lewis and Copeland tonight, even though the offensive players are never on the field at the same time. Simon said after final preparations for tonight's West showdown at B.C. Place that he wouldn't relish a chance to play a little defence, preferring instead to do all his damage with the ball in his hands.

"No, I'll just go out and put up bigger numbers than both of those guys probably put together and not worry about it," Simon sneered.

The sixth-year Lion certainly has let his play do the talking this season, being named the CFL's offensive player of the month for September.

His sensational season has him closing in on former Stampeders receiver Allen Pitts' record of 2,036 yards in 1994.

He also has the inside track on the 2006 CFL most outstanding player honours.

It's his fourth consecutive year with more than 1,000 yards and he'd love to post hall of fame numbers much like Pitts, who was inducted last week.

"That's one of my goals, when I leave the game of football in the CFL, for people to say I was a great receiver not just a good one," said Simon, who has more than 8,000 yards receiving in eight CFL seasons.

"I would love to be in that category. I don't think I'm there yet but that's definitely a goal of mine."

Delivering the ball to Simon will be second-year Lions pivot Buck Pierce, who is expected to start in place of No. 1 Dave Dickenson (concussion).

"They can say whatever they want," said Pierce, who completed eight of 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns last week in Hamilton before leaving the game with an injured throwing arm.

"If we play well, we're going to win and that's what we're looking to do."


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