Anti-Burris fans bound to come around

BILLY POWERS

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the Calgary Stampeders' fan and his -- or her -- insistence on perfection.

Take last week, for example, when the Stamps put a 37-9 hurt on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as directed by quarterback Henry Burris, who passed for 230 yards, including touchdowns to slotback Nik Lewis, Calgary native Rob Cote and running back Joffrey Reynolds.

In throwing 26 passes, not one went to a Ticat defender. Burris also managed to run the ball for almost 100 yards.

Yet when we opened the phone lines on CHQR's Fifth Quarter call-in show, most of the callers wanted to know why backup pivot Akili Smith did not see action.

What the heck do you people want?

Burris is the guy who is going to lead this club to victory this season, barring, of course, an injury.

As it turned out, Smith had suffered an injury in a preseason game in Saskatchewan and wasn't able to play, which was something the club never said a thing about until a post-game rundown at McMahon Stadium.

Had that not been the case, Smith would definitely have seen some action when it appeared the game was out of reach, and that was early in the second half.

Anyway, today they shoot to make it two-for-two when they face Saskatchewan's Roughriders at Mosaic Field in Regina, and they will do it with Henry Burris at the controls.

We had worried about his two-and-out problem. Well, get this -- against the Ticats, he was two-and-out only once, and during the game, he directed 11 drives, and more than half of them ended up with a score of some kind.

This club will win or lose, live or die with Burris at the helm.

And I'll go on record right now as saying those anti-Burris people of today -- and there are too many -- will be pro-Burris before this season is over.

WHERE IS WIGGINS?

It was back in 1993 that Brian Wiggins set a Stampeders' record that stands today, catching 16 Doug Flutie passes in one game in Saskatchewan.

That mark has never been threatened since that time.

Wiggins, who finished his career as an Edmonton Eskimo after two seasons with the Stamps, was the subject of a 'Where Are They Now?' segment on our CHQR pre-game show.

I thought it was interesting that while the record still stands, what Wiggins remembered most about that Oct. 23 night was his Texas Southern teammate Don Narcisse spoiled the performance by catching the winning TD late in the game. Oddly enough, while today Wiggins owns construction and mortgage companies in Houston, Narcisse has been an employee of his for the past six years.

An interesting aside, too, is Wiggins is also the owner of the Houston Energy of the Women's Professional Football League and is the executive director of the league. He says while the 15-team loop, which has clubs all over the U.S., does "not draw well at the moment, the interest is building with each game, so come see the product and you'll come back for more."

LEGENDS IN TOWN

If you see somebody that looks like former Stamps superstar running back Willie Burden in town this week, it's probably him. Burden, who had an outstanding career that lasted from 1974-1981, is taking a five-day holiday in our city to see some old friends.

And long-time Calgary resident and former Stamps star Herm (Ham Hands) Harrison is on an Alberta tour pitching slo-pitch for a team of celebrities raising money for various charities. Another former Stamp is also on the squad in Terry Evanshen, who played from 1966-69 but looks like he could play today.

Until next week.


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