Burris, Rambo like looks of game-winning catch

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:12 AM ET

When Ken-Yon Rambo walked into the video room yesterday, Henry Burris was already there reviewing 'the catch.'

With just seconds to play in Friday's exhibition win over the B.C. Lions at Vancouver, Burris threw a bullet to Rambo for a game-clinching touchdown.

"Man, that was a nice play," Burris said.

After yesterday's rundown, no one in Calgary had seen the footage yet because the game ended so late on the West Coast.

So a crowd of people piled into Ross Folan's video office to watch it for the first time yesterday.

They saw the second-year Calgary Stampeders receiver reach over the head of the Lions defender and haul in a laser beam with one hand.

Once he secured the touchdown, Rambo spiked the ball and did a dance.

"He zipped it to me," Rambo said of his quarterback's throw. "It's a thing we work on all the time in practice.

"I was trying to be like Dennis Rodman style when he played. Basically, I was trying to grab it with one arm. Hank stung it in there. I just had to pull it in."

The throw was actually by design. Burris aimed for the defender's back so he wouldn't see the pass coming.

Burris has the confidence his receiving corps can complete difficult plays like this.

"Rambo's been having that type of camp this season and we expect that from him now," Burris said. "The more weapons we have, the better it is for everyone on this team.

"The opponents are just picking their poison."

Even with Nik Lewis and Jeremaine Copeland sitting out as healthy scratches, there were several great grabs made by the Stamps receivers in Vancouver.

Aside from Rambo's play, newcomer Anthony Bright made a leaping grab for another touchdown in another highlight-reel play.

Because Bright's touchdown was in the first half, the play made it onto most TV packages. Rambo's catch isn't available anywhere yet but will be up on stampeders.com by tomorrow morning.

Rambo said no one should be surprised to see an amazing catch each and every Stampeders game this season.

KILLER VIDEO: After further review ... it looks like the CFL's new video replay system needs a fast-forward button.

The snail's pace of the Calgary Stampeders' 26-23 pre-season victory over the B.C. Lions in Vancouver Friday night is a concern for team president Ted Hellard.

Hellard is in favour of the league's decision this season to allow two video reviews per team along with the ability of off-field officials to re-examine calls in the final three minutes of each half.

But Hellard insisted after the victory the process is far too slow. Friday's game dragged on for nearly three and a half hours.

"We have a ways to go in trying to get them down to a time that is respectable for one of our games," said Hellard.

"However, I'm sure that over the next few games we'll work that out."

Hellard said on-field officials are allowed 90 seconds for video reviews -- performed with a replay monitor at field level -- but officials working Friday's game used twice the time allotted during three reviews.

"The game has to move faster but this game wasn't slow just because of video reviews. There must have been 50 penalties, too.

"That said, the instant replays went a little longer than the league would want it to and that put things over the top by the end of the game.

"We've got to give this thing time to make it work better."

EXTRA POINTS: Because it was his 24th birthday yesterday, the players taped Nik Lewis to the goalpost and doused him with the Gatorade bucket. It will be interesting if QB Henry Burris gets the same treatment today on his 31st or DL Randy Chevrier tomorrow on his 30th ... The Stampeders emerged from the pre-season tilt relatively unscathed. Canadian LB Walter Spencer sprained his ankle and will need X-rays to determine the extent of the damage. He will be out at least a week. Import DB A.K. Keyes suffered a concussion and will be held out of activity until he is completely symptom-free.

With files from Dan Toth


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