Lazeo's ready for the ruckus

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:12 AM ET

Rob Lazeo wants to make one thing clear.

He's not going 'home' this weekend.

The Calgary Stampeders guard, who played eight of his 10 seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, is looking forward to playing in Regina.

In enemy territory.

"It's a second home," said Lazeo, who was scrambling around yesterday trying to find enough tickets for his friends.

"I have a lot of friends there who I've met over the years.

"They're Riders fans, but they'll be cheering for me and the Riders."

Lazeo, who joined the Stamps in a pre-season deal that saw running back Wes Cates head to Regina, is well aware how passionate Riders fans can be.

And although he hasn't witnessed Rider Nation in a post-season atmosphere -- he was 15 years old the last time the Roughies hosted a playoff tilt in 1988 -- he has an idea of what to expect.

"Oh, it's going to be crazy," the 6-ft.-5, 310-pounder said.

"I guarantee 90 percent of the players in here have probably never heard anything as loud as it's going to be in there.

"You have to anticipate that because that's how it's going to be. It's not that I hope it'll be that way, it's gonna be."

And that's fine with Lazeo. It might make it a little more difficult to hear quarterback Henry Burris call audibles at the line, but the ear-splitting crowd noise at Taylor Field will also give the Stamps a boost.

"We practice with crowd noise all year because we knew, at some point in time, we'd be playing somewhere where it was going to be crazy," he said.

"The next two weeks, it's going to be like that in Saskatchewan and B.C.

"It'll be good. Things like that fires guys up. I know it fires me up and it fires up our o-line when the crowd goes crazy."

With fellow o-lineman Jay McNeil set to hang up the cleats at season's end, Lazeo will become the club's greybeard.

"I'll be the oldest guy on the team, he said.


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