Stamps/Lions tilt a numbers feast for fans

BILLY POWERS

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What we saw at McMahon Stadium last week was Canadian football at its very best, a 45-45 tie between Calgary's Stampeders and the B.C. Lions.

But we would be remiss if we didn't take it further in the numbers department, mostly because no one else has.

And for that we can thank my CHQR cohort, and play-by-play man, Mark Stephen who stepped into the history books after it was into the record books.

For openers, he detected this was the first tie game played at McMahon Stadium in almost three decades after the Stamps and Edmonton Eskimos played to a 28-28 deadlock Sept.4, 1978.

But check this out, if you will. The last tie the Stamps were involved in on the road took place July 28, 2000 at Regina's Taylor Field with the score ending up 52-52.

And in that one, the starting quarterbacks were Henry Burris for the 'Riders and Dave Dickenson for the Stampeders, and the same two were on opposite sidelines in the latest one.

The B.C game was also the highest scoring tilt at McMahon in 25 years, and the second highest in history there.

The only tilt with more points scored was on Oct. 17, 1982, when Calgary beat Hamilton 55-48 on a Darrel Moir late interception return.

And finally, it was the fourth-highest scoring game in Stamp history as measured by combined points.

The two teams split 90 points right down the middle while that last tie had 104 points registered between the two. In second spot at 103 was the aforementioned Calgary-Hamilton contest, while in August of 2002, Winnipeg's Blue Bombers stopped the Stamps 51-48 for a 99 point contest.

It was a special game to be sure but even more special when one looks at the past.

ALL EYES ON SMILIN' HANK

The Stamps return to the practice field tomorrow morning to start prepping for next Monday's Labor Day showdown against the Eskimos, and once again the spotlight will be on Burris.

I don't think there has been a starting quarterback with more critics than the guy I call 'Hankus Pankus.'

Yet all he's done is throw for more than 300 yards in five straight games, and during that B.C. thriller, he once had 13 completions in a row and finished the game with seven straight.

I think the guy is doing the job. But he is the one who takes the rap if they don't win.

GOLF GODS AWAKEN

I'm not sure I can take a lot or any of the credit here, but if you'll recall it was last week I penned a piece on playing golf at the Fairmont Banff Springs with two ladies, Diane Williams of Canyon Meadows, and Pamela Williamson of Edinburgh, Scotland, dipped into my wallet and the purse of Hall of Famer Sandra Post, my playing partner, in a big way.

Well those two ladies used my bad golf or Sandra's great golf to go to the Canadian senior ladies championship in Saskatchewan where, ironically, they tied after regulation holes in the first-ever super-seniors class, with Williamson winning on the second hole.

It wasn't a plan but I love it when a plan comes together.

FASTBALL CHAMPS

Fastball does not get a lot of publicity anymore as the game, to be honest, is dying a slow death since slo-pitch moved into the picture.

But I think it worthy to mention the accomplishments of the Calgary Kaizen Junior A girls team, who today are Canadian champions after beating Pickering, Ont., 2-1 in the final.

Credit should go to the coaching staff of Shawn Denstedt, Judy Wiltse and Steve Bermingham because they worked with a lot of talented players, most of which spent the winter months on scholarships in the U.S.


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