Nik eats his words

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

One week after being shredded in the media and on the field by Nik Lewis, Shannon Garrett had a post-game question for the Calgary Stampeders slotback.

"Ask Nik if he's going to B.C. I am," said the Edmonton Eskimos halfback, savouring the payback of having the motor-mouthed Lewis humbled by yesterday's 33-26 loss in the West semifinal.

Not surprisingly, one day after disregarding his head coach's request to stifle his inflammatory comments, the league's biggest trash talker had little to say after the game.

"We lost," said a standoffish Lewis, who had little chance to put his trademark celebrations on display with just two catches for 28 yards.

"No matter we lost by turnovers or anything else, we lost. Nobody can stop us but ourselves."

Suggesting in the Sun last week Garrett was too old, too scared and didn't have the skill to stop him on the field, Lewis was held in check yesterday, setting up the inevitable task of having to eat his words.

"Who would have thought we'd put up over 450 yards offence against them and we'd lose the game?" said Lewis, whose immense talents are often overshadowed by his showboating. "They're the No. 1 defence and we just didn't make plays when we needed to."

Calling himself the Terrell Owens of the CFL, Lewis' antics are generally not appreciated by the poster boy for vanilla -- Stamps head coach Tom Higgins.

"At this time of year, you don't need any type of motivation," said Higgins, particularly unimpressed with Lewis' dancing following routine first downs.

"He's grown as an individual this year. He could be a better receiver next year, it all depends what kind of attitude he has."

After the game, Lewis was clearly humbled, something noticed by Stamps QB Henry Burris.

"For any man in life, you have to deal with humbling experiences, especially on a team basis," said Henry Burris, when asked about his controversial teammate having to eat his words.

"We're not a brash team --we're a confident team, just as Edmonton is.

"Some guys say things in the paper, some guys don't.

"Nik will learn from this just as all of the guys will and we'll come back next year and do the things we need to do to get things done."


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