No talk and all action

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:28 PM ET

During the most intense buildup to a game this season, the talkative Calgary Stampeders receivers have stayed relatively quiet.

It may be a sign stirring the pot is not necessary for today's West semifinal matchup against the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2 p.m., CBC).

The silence is also a clear indication Tom Higgins' message was received by the pass catchers.

Nik Lewis and Jeremaine Copeland have toned down the boasting because it was clear their antics weren't well received, especially by the head coach.

"It shouldn't be about what somebody says about someone else," Higgins said yesterday.

"We learned a lesson ... It became a distraction.

"Lesson learned, now we move forward. This is about two teams lining up and finding other stories for which to talk about than trash-talking one another."

That cockiness reached a crescendo following a loss to Toronto in late September.

Lewis and Copeland made an appearance on TSN's Off the Record and called out Lions receiver Geroy Simon, making fun of the West Division most outstanding player's touchdown pose.

Simon promptly responded off the field with strong statements about the two Stamps, then he backed it up in a convincing victory.

The duo was forced to eat its words and the Stamps offence hasn't played to the level their receivers boasted since that loss in B.C.

"I was humbled during this season," said Lewis, who was part of such touchdown dances as the relay team and the bobsled.

"I wasn't trying to draw attention to myself.

"I was just trying to draw attention to my team.

"When the whole dancing thing got out of hand, we tried to fall back into the team a bit. We wanted to take the spotlight off of us a bit because we have a good team."

Now they have to prove that and avenge a first-round playoff loss a year ago. Standing in their way is a strong Roughriders defence.

Although Copeland also seems to have left the childish behaviour in the past, he won't stop displaying his confidence on the field.

Expect some touchdown celebrations if one of the receivers gets into the endzone, although nothing is planned or choreographed.

"It's now time to hunker down," said Copeland.

"We will be out there taking care of business but we will do whatever it takes to get ourselves pumped up."


Videos

Photos