Aspiring journalist Henry Burris knows a good story when he sees one developing.
So the Calgary Stampeders quarterback had to jump in to interview Lawrence Deck yesterday in front of the awaiting media.
Deck stepped in for injured halfback Joey Boese Saturday night against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and promptly picked off Tee Martin. Burris led the Stamps down for a touchdown on the drive as Calgary beat Winnipeg 30-21.
After starting the season on the practice roster with no guarantee of playing, Deck was rewarded for all his hard work and patience.
Burris wanted to ask his own questions.
"So Lawrence, after going through the ups and downs, getting in on that first play, what were you thinking?" Burris asked.
"On the first play, I had to make sure I was ready to go," said Deck, a St. Francis high school product. "The first play was a run so I got the jitters out. It was a cover-2, so you don't get beat deep. The pass was up there for a while, so I just thought 'Catch the ball, catch the ball.' "
Burris: "Now that you've been in some action, what's your approach this week to step your game up for a great team like B.C.?"
Deck: "Dave Dickenson doesn't make too many mistakes so we have to watch film and figure out what he's going to do. I have to understand my role. If I understand my role, I'll be able to compete."
Apparently, Burris was satisfied with the answer and walked away.
Meanwhile, Boese joins fellow defensive back Pascal Masson on the sidelines with a hamstring injury as both will miss the game against B.C.
With safety Trey Young doing an admirable job in place of Don McGee, the Stamps released McGee and brought in Notre Dame product Shane Walton yesterday.
Deck should get plenty of playing time against the Lions Friday at McMahon Stadium and head coach Tom Higgins doesn't mind giving the Canadian his due.
"He is getting everything he deserves," Higgins said. "I mean that in a really positive way. He went from being put on the practice roster early. He did nothing but work hard.
"He ran extra routes at receiver. He worked as a defensive back and even in practice he made some plays."
Deck wasn't about to give up on playing for his hometown team again, even if that meant starting on the sidelines.
"I felt from the beginning of the season that I would get a chance to play," Deck said. "It came sooner than I thought it would.
"I definitely didn't have a great training camp because I had a bit of leg injury. I bought a house in Calgary, I work here. I wanted to stay here so I felt like I would get the opportunity to play again."