One goal to go

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:05 PM ET

To say the 2007 season has been up and down would be an understatement for the Calgary Stampeders.

But heading into their last home game, the complete story of this year has yet to written.

Depending on which way it finishes, this could be one of the most memorable campaigns in team history.

It started out great, as Stampeders No. 1 quarterback Henry Burris scampered for 99 yards in the season-opening victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Then, the Stamps were faced with the a 'road trip from hell' as it is now referred to -- a six-day, two-game swing starting in Regina and ending in Toronto.

After a win over the Argonauts at home and a loss to the defending Grey Cup champions, the Stamps went into Commonwealth Stadium and beat the Eskimos -- one of the few times in recent history the two provincial rivals have met before Labour Day.

Following a road loss to Montreal, Burris started to heat up, as the pivot went through a stretch of eight games where he hit the 300-yard passing mark seven times. A shoulder injury in Hamilton put a damper on what is an MVP-type season for Smilin' Hank.

Along the way, there have been changes on both sides of the ball, as Tim Burke was promoted to defensive co-ordinator and Ben Sankey emerged as the backup quaterback.

Several newcomers have made impacts, such as fullback Rob Cote, defensive back Brandon Browner, receiver Ryan Thelwell and lineman Tearrius George.

Receiver Nik Lewis hit the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth straight season, joining Terry Vaughn and Travis Moore as the only Stamps to do that. Running back Joffrey Reynolds went over 1,000 yards for the third straight campaign. Along the way, the team retired Vaughn and linebacker Alondra Johnson as Stampeders, while taking care of business and winning the Labour Day Classic.

But the playoffs await, as do the final chapters of the story of the 2007 season.


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