James viewing tonight's tilt as a stay of Sox-ecution

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Shannon James is looking forward to tonight's game, if only to get out of his own house.

As a diehard New York Yankees fan, James can't stand being home as his girlfriend Kristen watches her beloved Boston Red Sox play in the World Series.

At least tonight when the Calgary Stampeders linebacker plays the Montreal Alouettes at McMahon Stadium (5 p.m., TSN), he won't have witness the BoSox possibly go up 3-0 on the Colorado Rockies.

"She may skip my game to see it," James said.

James, Calgary's nominee for defensive player of the year in his second season with the Stamps, met Kristen when he was attending the University of Massachusetts ... in the heart of Red Sox Nation.

He is from New Haven, Ct., which is close to Yankee Stadium and is the reason he grew up cheering for the Bronx Bombers.

After the Cleveland Indians beat the Yanks and went up 3-1 on the Red Sox, James jokingly told Kristen he would watch the World Series with her if Boston won.

"This is terrible for me," said James. "Her family drives me nuts. She never stops harassing me.

"In this locker-room, we overpower them. When I go back home, it's terrible."

Other Yankees fans on the Stampeders include defensive lineman Anthony Gargiulo and Terrence Patrick, both of whom are from the New York area.

PAIR RE-UP WITH STAMPS

The Stampeders solidified their Canadian depth for the future yesterday, signing OL Rob Lazeo and WR Brett Ralph to contract extensions.

The extension of Lazeo is key, because veteran LG Jay McNeil officially announced to the team this week that 2007 will be his final year.

Lazeo was brought over in a pre-season trade with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and has proven invaluable in first replacing McNeil at guard for a handful of games, then taking over at centre for John Comiskey while he had a shoulder injury.

Ralph, who is the team's nominee for top Canadian, is having a career year with 49 catches for 646 yards and three touchdowns.

SPARE COATS, PLEASE

Fans coming to McMahon Stadium tonight are being asked to bring a jacket to donate for the Salvation Army's annual coat drive. Last year, Stamps fans donated 3,000 coats during the drive.


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