Men in Black day for Stampeders?

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

CALGARY -- There's a sneaky thing about the Men in Black - no one knows when they will strike.

The Calgary Stampeders have yet to pull out their black, alternate jerseys this season. Today could be the day.

Who knows? But if were up to head coach Tom Higgins, the Stampeders would wear their normal home reds for today's Labour Day Classic against the Edmonton Eskimos (2 p.m., CBC) and for the rest of the season.

"I'm a traditionalist," Higgins said. "Don't ask me to change a thing. I like plain and the way it has been. I'm very slow to change."

For the first nine times the Stamps wore the black jerseys, they won every time. The regular-season record now sits at 8-4, while the playoff record is 3-1.

But Higgins doesn't want any of his players to think it gives the Stamps any type of help when it comes to karma.

"Black is an option every once in a while," Higgins said. "We don't let them think there is a good luck charm with it. Even if they find a lucky penny (I say) throw it away and not worry about it.

"If you are well-prepared and rested, knowing what you need to do, that lucky penny will be lucky for you without being there."

Usually at this point the season, the Stamps pull out the black threads and Labour Day is a good time.

Calgary have a 2-2 record in black on Labour Day, with the last two outings losses in 2004 and 2005. All of the Stamps outings in black - outside of playoffs - have been in September and October.

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A look at the Calgary Stampeders' record while wearing their black alternative-jerseys at the Labour Day Classic:

4 1994 WON 48-15

4 1997 WON 27-14

5 2004 LOST 23-7

5 2005 LOST 25-23


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