Burris better buck up

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

The star quarterback and one of his top receivers are shown on national TV screaming at one another on the sideline.

The receiver, Ken-Yon Rambo, had earlier negated a crucial touchdown plunge with an embarrassing holding call.

The quarterback, Henry Burris, had just thrown one of his trademark endzone interceptions and was suggesting in rather animated fashion Rambo had something to do with it.

Danny McManus eventually swooped in to try quelling a rather awkward situation late in Saturday's loss to Edmonton that summed up exactly where the Stampeders offence is at these days: In a state of mass confusion and frustration.

It wasn't supposed to be this way.

All winter long the expectation -- no, the promise -- was that, because the same cast of characters would be returning, there wouldn't be any early kinks to work out.

Burris knew the offence and his personnel inside out and he was supposed to direct a well-oiled machine capable of producing from Day 1.

Lucky to pull off a win in Week 1, Week 2 saw Burris' Bunch put in an equally dismal showing, scoring no touchdowns and leaving the club in line to be right where they were the first half of last year's rebuilding campaign: Win one, lose one.

This time, there are no excuses.

The team, its quarterbacks and the entire offence should be better. Not later -- now. The fans deserve as much.

Now, more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a sports world in perfect alignment now that Mike Keenan and Todd Bertuzzi are together at last.

AROUND THE HORN: Asked if he and his brothers followed through on their plans to grab a cooler and head up to Edmonton for some playoff road trips, Darryl Sutter admitted there was a change in plans: "We didn't get all the way there," smiled Sutter. "You know there's a sign that says $58.95 motel with pool?" ... Made available to the Sun Friday, Warren Moon was asked what came to mind when he thought about Calgary: "I always remember Labour Day," chuckled the Hall-of-Fame quarterback. "It seemed like the night before, they did everything they could to disrupt our sleep with noise, setting off fire alarms, you name it. By the time we got on the field, we were pissed off and ready to go." ... The Stanley Cup is on its way to Calgary. Former Calgary Canucks winger Craig Adams has submitted his request to have the Cup in his hometown for a day in August. After three days of sleepless celebrations in Raleigh, Adams and his wife Anne jetted to San Francisco for the weekend to play in Kristi Yamaguchi's celebrity golf tourney. The gold-medal winning figure skater is married to 'Canes defenceman Bret Hedican.

PARTING GIFTS: Not since Steve Smith has there been an Edmonton-based athlete doing more for Calgary-based teams than the forever mediocre Sean Fleming ... Image of the week: 300-lb. o-lineman Jay McNeil carrying his little pillow onto the bus for the road trip to Edmonton ... The list of Calgarians drafted yesterday includes former Brooks Bandits 'keeper Chad Johnson (fifth round, Pittsburgh) and former midget triple-A Northstars centre Levi Nelson (sixth round, Boston) ... The media chose Joe Thornton as Hart winner, the players chose Jaromir Jagr as their MVP. Why not introduce a similar award in which the fans can vote and help settle any debates as to who's right?


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