Sandro boots nerves aside

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:22 AM ET

REGINA -- A CFL rookie's first game in Regina -- where Taylor Field stands as the second-smallest stadium in the loop -- is rarely a rush but Stampeders placekicker Sandro DeAngelis is thrilled.

"I'm all fired up to play here," DeAngelis said yesterday after testing out the turf.

"I read Dave Ridgway's book Robokicker and now I'm excited to finally have the chance to play here. This is the only CFL stadium left that I haven't played in."

The facility is also notorious for rattling visiting kickers with gusting winds that can even trick veteran players.

"I played in Nebraska and I once played a game in 40-mile-an-hour winds, so I know what playing here is all about," DeAngelis said.

"I just have to go out there and put the ball through the pipes."

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HIGGINS A HUNK: Calgary Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins has a couple of connections to Taylor Field.

The one-time import linebacker is pictured as a mop-topped fella with the Saskatchewan Roughriders circa 1980 when he played for head coach Ron Lancaster.

The other tie is much more recent when his Edmonton Eskimos occupied the Riders' locker-room while winning the 2003 Grey Cup.

"The biggest chuckle that occurred (in 2003) was that we were in Saskatchewan's locker-room and they have the team photos hanging up," Higgins said.

"I got accused of being good-looking at one time because I actually had some hair in the team photo."


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