HAMILTON -- The Stampeders offensive players started watching game film yesterday morning upon arriving in Ontario and did what most Calgary fans should have done Sunday.
They turned it off.
When the tape got to the third quarter of their ugly 49-8 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders -- when their performance went from bad to worse -- they simply shut it off.
At that point, in went film of Thursday's next opponent, the Toronto Argonauts.
There were so many ugly moments in the loss at Regina -- sacks, turnovers, dropped passes -- all quarterback Henry Burris and his offensive teammates could do was make jokes at their own expense.
"Those were laughs that quickly came to a halt," Burris said. "When everybody is watching the film, there are things to chuckle about but those are embarrassing, too.
"That bodes well because we care about how we look at how this team performs. Even though there are some things to laugh about, it wasn't fun and we had to move on."
The Stamps chartered out of Regina directly after the game but didn't arrive in Hamilton until about 4 a.m. local time. They got up early for meetings and hit the practice field at McMaster University to stretch their legs and run through some plays they expect to see from the Argos Thursday.
The mood was surprisingly light considering the huge defeat but that could be attributed mostly to receiver Marc Boerigter.
With the aid of kickers Sandro DeAngelis and Burke Dales, Boerigter tried his hand at some soccer moves on the McMaster Alumni Field.
The 29-year-old launched a few corner kicks that Dales drove into a soccer net along the endzone line. Then several players took turns trying to score on DeAngelis who was playing goal.
Dales played holder but half the attempts flew into the parking lot until DeAngelis started picking corners on the net with the Calgary punter tending goal.
For Boerigter, who started the exercise, he said there is no point dwelling on the hammering at the hands of the Roughriders and feels blowouts are sometimes easier to forget than thrillers.
"Hopefully the team will respond in a positive way but it's easier to get over a loss like this than a three-point loss," Boerigter said. "The coach came into the room afterwards and said, 'What do you do?' We basically got our butts handed to us.
"If there is any positive, it's early in the season and we can go back and learn from it.
"With a three-point loss, there is a more of a hangover effect. We just put the butt-kicking behind us. It's not that I'd rather lose 49-8 but it's better than having a knockdown drag-out fight and lose in a close one. You have no choice but to throw the towel in."
Fortunately for the Stamps, a chance at redemption is only two days away and rebounding would do a lot of good things for their season.
The Stamps want to improve their road record, which was 2-7 last season -- they never win in Toronto, losing at the Rogers Centre every year since 2000 -- and they head into a four-day weekend once they get back home.
This loss is the first huge adversity the team has faced in 2007. Burris said it comes at a time when the Stamps can do something about fixing it.
"Saskatchewan did this to B.C. last year, we did it to the Roughriders last year," Burris said.
"We almost put up 60 points on them last year on their home field. The roles are reversed. We got it rubbed in our face. How will we respond? That's how we will be judged."