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The CFL's leading receiver, Geroy Simon of the B.C. Lions, is annoyed by comments made by Calgary...

The CFL's leading receiver, Geroy Simon of the B.C. Lions, is annoyed by comments made by Calgary Stampeders receivers Jeremaine Copeland (left) and Nik Lewis. (Calgary Sun/Stuart Dryden)

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Jeremaine Copeland wants to make one thing perfectly clear:

Geroy Simon started it.

"We saw him on TV saying (our dancing) was terrible and we were ignorant for doing it," Copeland said about the standout B.C. Lions receiver.

"If he wants to talk about us, we'll talk about him, too.

"It's not like he has the perfect dance of all time."

Copeland and fellow Stampeders slotback Nik Lewis responded to Simon's criticism last Friday while on the panel of TSN's Off The Record.

They said the superhero pose that Simon strikes following touchdowns is "gay" -- although the word was bleeped by TSN.

Lewis, whose team is preparing to face the first-place Lions Friday in Vancouver (8 p.m., TSN), stood by his choice of adjective yesterday.

"It's gay," Lewis said.

"We said it on national TV. I have no problem with Geroy but he came out and said something about us.

"We didn't say Geroy was gay; we just said his dancing was."

One day after the Stamps' OTR appearance, Simon hauled in six passes for 132 yards and one touchdown in a 28-8 rout of the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton.

Following the game, Simon found a TSN camera and sent a message: He was going to kick Copeland's butt in Friday's game, the first half of a pivotal home-and-home series between the top two teams in the West Division.

"I heard about that," Copeland said of Simon's threat.

"It's funny to me. This week, I'm going to let my actions on the field speak loud. I'm going to get a whole bunch of yards. This is going to get real serious.

"I wasn't trying to start nothing. He already had it started, so I just have to take care of business."

The only time Copeland, Lewis and Simon will be on the field at the same time Friday night is during warmup, walking to and from the locker-room and for post-game handshakes.

So the Stamps receivers will have to count on their defence to prevent Simon from striking his pose.

Copeland and Lewis also have to find a way to solve the Lions secondary.

Copeland doesn't think that will be a problem.

"The middle of the field will be wide open the whole game," Copeland said.

"They might bring guys in to change things up a little bit. It's just a matter of us executing and getting things done. I'm confident in (our defence) 100 percent.

"Those guys are fired up and they know who their main guy is. I have no doubt in my mind they will keep Geroy under wraps."

Simon -- the CFL's leading receiver with 84 catches for 1,554 yards and 13 touchdowns -- says he has grown tired of choreographed touchdown celebrations he used to perform with Winnipeg at the start of his career. Nowadays, following a touchdown, Simon just strikes a superhero pose because his son likes it.


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