Eskimo antics 'bush league'

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:12 PM ET

The Calgary Stampeders were a bloodied, bruised and muddy mess when they trudged off Edmonton's soggy Commonwealth Stadium turf two months ago.

The club was buoyed by a couple of crucial points secured in the Labour Day grudge match, won 16-11, sparking its current run of success that has included victories in seven of the last eight games.

Some Stampeders called that night's contest, during which QB Henry Burris tore ligaments in his thumb, the most physically demanding encounter of the season, suggesting tomorrow's CFL West semifinal rematch could prove an even more gruelling clash.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Napastuk is still fuming over some extra-curricular antics during a decisive 43-23 win over the Eskies in last Sunday's season finale, which gave Calgary home-field advantage for a bout that could become even nastier.

"It definitely has that potential," said Napastuk, whose Stamps have taken two of three games from the Eskimos this year.

"That last game was rough. They didn't come out to play football, they came out to put guys on the ground after plays.

"That was absolutely bush league. They tried to beat us up physically after the play and they accomplished that. I know this week they'll come out with the same mindset, try to put us on the ground and it's going to be a long day on both sides of the trenches.

"The second game is always heated up. Everybody's p---ed off. You're carrying a grudge. It's like, 'I can't believe that guy did that!'

"Normally, you have a few weeks to cool down, go into some other battles.

"But when you see those same guys for 130-something plays in two weeks, things can definitely tend to heat up a little bit, frustrations start to rise and it becomes a little more personal."


Videos

Photos