Starting to hit the Marc

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

Underneath the sparkling, professional No. 89 Calgary Stampeders jersey is a full-blown, ready-for-fun kid.

And that's just the way Marc Boerigter likes it.

In a game where practical jokes and goofy gags are the norm, the new star receiver for the Stampeders may be one of the most subtle in his methods.

Earlier this season, Boerigter brought in a tricycle and placed it in front of Sandro DeAngelis' locker.

The best part was no one blamed him and instead pointed fingers at resident cutup Scott Coe.

"I don't think anybody expects it from me because, for the most part I'm pretty quiet," the 29-year-old said. "I don't think people notice that I'm capable of doing the things I have done.

"I haven't pulled anything off in a while. I guess I have been kind of quiet."

The one place Boerigter hasn't been quiet is on the football field.

Last week against the Toronto Argonauts, Boerigter got open deep for a 70-yard touchdown -- his first major since returning from the NFL this past off-season.

Boerigter really didn't want to wait until the fourth game of the season for his first TD but he doesn't judge his play strictly on scoring.

So what really bugs him are some balls that he felt he could have caught but didn't.

That all comes from getting back into the game after not playing any competitive matchups since late in 2005.

Boerigter could consider himself just having completed training camp with six games under his belt -- the same number of exhibition games they play in the NFL where he played 41 regular-season outings over four seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Absolutely, I haven't played up to my abilities at all the first four games," Boerigter said.

"That's frustrating in a way but it's good knowing we have as many games left as we do.

"It's important to get out to a good start, but if you are .500 through the first four, you give yourself a shot."

So far this season, Boerigter's No. 89 has been a hot seller at the Stamps Store, but he counts that as past popularity.

He is more impressed with the ones he sees people wear from his first stint in Calgary (2000-01), when he helped deliver a Grey Cup before heading south.

When he came back this season, there were high expectations from the organization and fans, but also from himself.

"I still have high expectations. I just want to come in and do my role, whatever it may be, because I'm happy to do it," Boerigter said.

"I just haven't caught the ball as well as I want to.

"In terms of my role, I'm fine. I obviously have to play a lot better. I was brought in to play at a high level and be a leader in this receiving corps. I think it's going all right."

This week, there was a big smile on Boerigter's face that emulated the offence's mood.

What he does in football is meant to be fun, and that's exactly what he's doing.

"You could see how much more fun we were having but winning cures a lot of ailments," Boerigter said.

"Winning is a lot more fun."

"ABSOLUTELY, I HAVEN'T PLAYED UP TO MY ABILITIES AT ALL THE FIRST FOUR GAMES."

STAMPEDERS RECEIVER MARC BOERIGTER


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