The Calgary Stampeders can only hope now the loss of Jason Jimenez hurts the B.C. Lions as much as the loss of Anthony Gargiulo hindered their playoff performance.
The CFL finally brought down the ruling on the Lions right tackle, suspending him one game for a rough play hit on the Stamps defensive lineman in the regular-season finale.
Without Gargiulo, the Stamps plugged tackle Keron Williams into the end position and couldn't contain Kerry Joseph in a 26-24 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the West semifinal.
"One of the biggest disappointments in the game was playing without a defensive end," said Stamps head coach Tom Higgins. "It really got lost in the shuffle. The loss of Anthony Gargiulo was huge to us."
The Stamps weren't happy the league was dragging its feet on a ruling. Gargiulo had surgery on his leg, and his career could be over.
"I saw the commissioner at the hotel (Sunday) and he asked what kind of week we had," Higgins said. "I said very distracting. The only thing he said after that was he would be trying to do something on Monday."