B.C. silences trash talkin' Stamps duo

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

The Horsemen were humbled in more ways than one in the Lions' den last weekend.

Not only did B.C. bash the Stampeders 39-13 to clinch first in the CFL West, the Leos muzzled those who had been doing the most whinnying out of the Calgary corral in the days leading up to the "Showdown at the Dome."

Calgary's most outspoken trash talkers -- namely receivers Jeremaine Copeland and Nik Lewis -- had taken shots at B.C. receivers Geroy Simon and apparently, Ryan Thelwell. Simon responded with eight catches for 120 yards and one touchdown while Thelwell had a season-high six receptions for 65 yards. Copeland and Lewis, meanwhile, combined for three catches for 44 yards.

"You say something about me, you'd better be able to back it up," Simon told the Vancouver Province after making a one-handed grab and dropping the ball at Lewis's feet.

"When guys talk and it gets under your skin, you're like, 'What are you guys talking for? You have no reason to say anything to us.' "

Some Stamps apparently suggested that Thelwell is not a front-line receiver.

"They called him out," said Lions head coach/GM Wally Buono. "If I'm a player and I'm called out, I'd be annoyed. (Thelwell) played with a little more pizzazz."

So did all of the Leos.

"There's no question it's embarrassing," Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins told the Calgary Herald. "We didn't back anything we said. If they said anything, they backed it up and they shut us up."

Copeland, however, downplayed the trash talk.

"I don't think me and Nik and Geroy talking had anything to do with the game," he said. "They came and played, we turned the ball over and that's the reason they came out victorious."

Try telling that to the Lions, who are preparing for a re-match in Calgary this Sunday.

"We're going to whip their ass on their field, too," said B.C. linebacker Carl Kidd. "Copeland and Lewis stirred us all up."

MYSTERY MAN: We may never know exactly how the last days of Don Matthews as the Montreal head coach came about. Although the Alouettes insist it was due to illness, the Montreal Gazette reports that Matthews may actually have been fired after the 17-14 loss to the Blue Bombers in Montreal. But the CFL's winningest head coach was allowed to coach one more game -- the 23-20 victory over the Bombers in Winnipeg -- so he could leave with his dignity intact. Alouettes owner Robert Wetenhall, however, denied that scenario.

"He absolutely wasn't fired," Wetenhall told the Gazette. "He offered his resignation (due to health concerns) a second time (this year) and we accepted."

Matthews may have been suffering from "performance anxiety" and was rumoured to have been taking five tranquilizers before each game. He also may have had dangerously high blood pressure while his job was being questioned during Montreal's six-game losing streak.

SCREWY CFL: Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia, whose own job has been under scrutiny this year, has been rumoured as a candidate in both Montreal and Hamilton.

"You win the Grey Cup (2005) and you have no leverage," he told the Edmonton Sun last week. "(But) when you are 5-9, (and) you have leverage? This world is screwed up."


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