Lazeo wonders about welcome

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

After seven seasons in Regina, Rob Lazeo can of course recite the Saskatchewan chant: I'd rather be a 'Rider than a (bleeping anything else).

But Lazeo hopes to hear something more creative returning to Regina and expects to have plenty of time to listen for it.

Lazeo was traded from the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the Calgary Stampeders just before the season started and can't wait to find out if he will get the 'Henry Burris' treatment from fans at Mosaic Stadium tomorrow.

Barring an injury to one of his fellow offensive lineman, Lazeo will be on the sidelines and close to the spectators during Calgary's entire visit to Saskatchewan.

"It's great how passionate they are," Lazeo said. "I loved it when I was there and I'll like it when I'm on the other side.

"It's always fun to hear the fans and if they come up with something interesting, you can get a good laugh about it.

"It's boring hearing the same old heckle. I want to hear something new."

The Stamps needed to make a deal for a lineman because of injuries when Lazeo became available, so they dealt backup running back Wes Cates to the Roughriders to get him.

The 10-year CFLer dressed in the season-opener against Hamilton but was a reserve and didn't see much time on the field.

But having the veteran of 137 CFL games in the lineup gives the Stamps some comfort because he has played all five line positions in his career, most of which was spent in Saskatchewan.

This isn't his first time as an opposition member at Mosaic Stadium. Lazeo spent two season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2000-01) and the Labour Day matchup in Regina is emotional for the Manitobans.

Although he has no hard feelings about being traded away from the team he played with for so long, he wouldn't mind seeing his new team pound his old friends into submission.

"Whenever you step on the field, it's a battle no matter how you look at it," said the 34-year-old. "It gives me a little more incentive to play that much harder.

"Sometimes you get to retire in the place where you played a long time but sometimes you move on. When I was there, I hoped it happened that way because I'd been there so long. Now I hope I can finish my career here."

EXTRA POINTS

The Stamps are expected to make two roster moves as DL Anthony Gargiulo is still suffering from a bruised thigh. Tearrius George will likely be activated from the 46-man roster to take Gargiulo's spot. Returner Markus Howell is also back from his foot injury. Howell's return probably means DL Justin Phillips will move to the reserve roster.


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