Bust up a move!

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

If the average CFL viewer finds the post-touchdown antics particularly annoying, just jump into Tom Higgins' shoes for a moment.

The Calgary Stampeders head coach is a model for sportsmanlike conduct and fair play, so when it comes to the recent theatrics of his receiving corps, he isn't the slightest bit impressed.

But telling players to stop the 'bicycle' or 'relay race,' which was performed on the Commonwealth Stadium track last week in a loss to the Eskimos, just isn't Higgins' style.

"When you go overboard, I think you are taunting," said Higgins yesterday. "It's something the league needs to address.

"It was addressed two years ago when we thought about going to stricter means like the NFL has done but it was shot down. The discussion may be resurrected again."

In the past few weeks, the Stamps receivers have taken celebrations to new heights, using creative thinking to come up with the routines.

There was the 'toast,' in which Nik Lewis pretended the football was a champagne bottle that he used to fill his teammates' glasses. The group took a drink and stumbled away.

In Montreal, the crew brought out the 'bobsled' in which four players lined up in a sitting position behind Jeremaine Copeland. It was brilliantly performed as Copeland led the crew through twists and turns.

This past week, Lewis started off the 'relay race' by running from the Commonwealth endzone with the ball used as a baton.

The only difference with this past game is the Stamps lost and many spectators feel that reflects poorly on the team, although Lewis argues nobody should be disrespected by what they did.

"We don't run it by Edmonton's bench. We didn't taunt them," said the 24-year-old. "We didn't run into the stands. We didn't flip off anybody in the stands. We didn't do anything derogatory to anybody."

During this past off-season, the NFL cracked down on elaborate routines and has nearly made post-touchdown celebrations extinct with stiff penalties and fines.

Copeland doesn't want to see the CFL follow the same route.

"It's the best thing about this league," Copeland said. "They're not putting us in handcuffs. The NFL doesn't want people celebrating at all. The CFL gives you the privilege of doing what you want.

"A lot of people like it."

Higgins won't be disciplining his players for their antics, although they already know he doesn't approve.

"He deals with it," Lewis said.

"I respect him and if he asked us to stop, we would.

"He doesn't because he knows that's what gets us going."

EXTRA POINTS: LB John Grace took plenty of reps in practice yesterday back at his old position inside, while Cornelius Anthony moved over to play outside linebacker in Khalid Abdullah's spot. Abdullah is nursing a hamstring ... DL Rahim Abdullah sat out yesterday with a knee problem ... The Stamps added DL Keron Williams, DL Roderkus Wright, DB Brandon Haw and DB Shannon James to the practice roster.


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