Special teams stink out joint

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

TORONTO -- The Calgary Stampeders special teams were pretty good last night. If you came to see a comedy show.

They were entertaining, if not competent. A botched snap here, a mishandled hold there, a blocked kick, a fumble ...

The comedy of errors was no laughing matter for head coach Matt Dunigan.

"Guys have to continue to put an effort in out there because it's an effort phase of the game," Dunigan said.

"You have to run down there with reckless abandon and get to the football. You have to execute your assignments and there's a lot of different areas that can break down on special teams."

An opponent ran back a kick for a TD -- this time Bashir Levingston sprinted 85 yards -- for the fourth straight week.

Special teams ace Joey Boese said the entire unit is in line for some extra homework over the next two weeks.

"We didn't do well covering kicks tonight and that's an onus on all the guys on the team," Boese said.

"Especially when you've got two very good returners like they do. Every time they touch the ball, they have an opportunity to take it to the house.

Punter Clinton Greathouse, who also had a field goal blocked, was forced to pull a punt down when Clifford Ivory came flying in off the end.

Ivory grabbed the ball but was stripped by Greathouse and linebacker Scott Coe recovered for Calgary.


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