Hoggies primed for feast

Calgary Stampeders award nominees Brian Clark (defensive), from left, Sandro DeAngelis (special...

Calgary Stampeders award nominees Brian Clark (defensive), from left, Sandro DeAngelis (special teams and Canadian), J.R. Ruffin (rookie), Joffrey Reynolds (top player) and Jay McNeil (lineman). (Calgary Sun/Darren Makowichuk)

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:07 AM ET

Joffrey Reynolds has nothing to beef about considering the run blocking he's received this season.

It's been Grade A all the way.

Now Reynolds and the Calgary Stampeders offensive line have decided to go out for dinner to celebrate the running back's sensational CFL season.

That part of the story is certain. A little murky are the details surrounding who will be picking up the tab at the end of the night.

You see, the beefy men paid to open lanes for Reynolds didn't develop their girth with dainty appetites. These large lads, who all tip the scales at more then 300 lb., are professional carnivores, skilled eating machines who can take huge chunks out of a menu and a budget.

On a recent road trip to Vancouver, some of the big boys visited a local sushi restaurant that offers an "all you can eat" menu for a surprisingly low price.

"They definitely didn't make any money off us," proudly boasted centre John Comiskey. "They just kept going around and around.

"They were about to lock the doors at 10 o'clock and Taylor (Robertson) said, 'OK, I'm done with the appetizer....' "

The flat rate that night made for a rather economical meal, although it took a nasty bite out of the owner's bottom line.

When quarterback Henry Burris earlier this season treated to dinner the men paid to protect him, Alex Gauthier enjoyed an all-star performance by devouring a 56-oz. steak with all the trimmings before also taking an enthusiastic run at the dessert tray.

According to Burris, the entire tab cost him "close to a grand." He then chided Reynolds for how expensive the ordeal could become if he also chooses to reach for the cheque.

Burris, it should be noted, earns considerably more than Reynolds.

Gauthier said he'd jump at another chance to dig in to celebrate Reynolds' season, even if he has to pull out his own wallet.

"We're proud of what he has accomplished," Gauthier said.

"The thing with Joffrey, it's impossible for somebody to arm tackle him, so even when the blocking isn't always there, it's hard to tackle him and that helps us to be more aggressive on the run."

Reynolds said he told the guys they'd go out at the end of the season, although paying the cheque wasn't necessarily part of the deal.

"I told them earlier in the year we'd all get together," said Reynolds, who finished with 1,541 yards, second to Winnipeg's Charles Roberts for the CFL rushing crown.

"It's good to go out and have some fun with some of your teammates. We're all out here to do a certain job.

"I've accomplished what I wanted this year and that was to get to the playoffs.

"We've got homefield advantage and another new season to look forward to in the playoffs."

Robertson said he's also proud of Reynolds' accomplishments, although he's skeptical the star back will be buying.

"When we're sitting at the table and I'm cutting up my steak, then I'll believe it," said Robertson, who downed a 40-oz. steak when Burris picked up the tab earlier this season.

"We'll see."


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