The flags flew like crazy at McMahon Stadium but, when everything was sorted out, the Calgary Stampeders were the ones being fingered.
The Stamps were penalized 12 times for 82 yards yesterday in their 33-26 West semifinal loss yesterday to the Edmonton Eskimos at McMahon Stadium.
Joey Boese was flagged for pass interference on Jason Tucker one play before Eskimos quarterback Jason Maas hit Tucker with the winning score.
It didn't stop there. As the Stamps were trying to get the ball back with two minutes left and down by a four points, safety Wes Lysack tackled running back Troy Davis for a loss. But Calgary was called for too many men on the play, giving the Eskimos a first down. On the next play, linebacker George White was called for a face mask after a short Davis run, putting the Eskimos in range for a Sean Fleming field goal to salt away the game.
Linebacker Brian Clark, who is the defensive play caller, was frustrated at his side getting flagged constantly.
"I don't want to say anything negative because we didn't get any calls," he said. "There's two teams out there playing and we didn't get anything going our way. It's just part of the game and we just had to keep playing. The fouls just went against us."
Then, the offence took two offside calls and one holding penalty to negate plays.