Boot camp fruitful for kicker

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

Sandro DeAngelis lined up for this season's most crucial field goal yesterday and surely it was his shortest.

The coaches made a deal with the players yesterday at Calgary Stampeders practice.

If DeAngelis made the two-yard field goal from the left hash -- a sharp angled boot -- the players would be spared a gasser.

Ever the pressure kicker, DeAngelis nailed the ball through the same opening, meaning all nine coaches had to sprint across the width of the McMahon Stadium's turf.

The players were on the hook for a gasser because they ran into a quarterback during practice, a mental mistake head coach Tom Higgins is trying to eliminate with penalties.

They grumbled, so Higgins cut a deal.

"We bet them double or nothing where we had to do a half strider," Higgins said. "It didn't hurt.

"But when we put them on the sideline (at the end of practice) we heard a lot of complaining. 'We thought you said it was a double or nothing.'

"I said just get on the sideline. Then we all took off."

The whole group erupted in cheers.

For a team that just came off a loss at home, the atmosphere at practice was more of a club on a five-game win streak.

The Stamps certainly feel good heading into tomorrow night's matchup in Edmonton.

"It's a relaxed group and we're quite loose," said Higgins.


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