Sophomore on the ball

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

Marquee player status apparently isn't worth anything in the CFL.

At least, not for Henry Burris.

The Calgary Stampeders' star quarterback wasn't showered with gifts to celebrate his 33rd birthday yesterday at McMahon Stadium.

Instead, he was showered with a Gatorade bucket full of water after being taped to the south-end goal-post.

Burris wasn't complaining about the wet treatment from teammates, but wouldn't mind a little treat or two to go with it.

"After this, it would be great if they had a pizza or a nice cherry cream cheese pie with a candle on it waiting for me, but no it's just a bunch of water, grief and tape," he said. "That's all I get."

Because his big day always falls in training camp, Burris is a regular recipient of birthday cheer. Experience has taught him not to resist.

"The first couple of years, I did, but once you get older, get to 30-plus, you stop fighting it. You don't want to kill the spirit of the guys," he said. "You're gonna get iced up anyway, so you might as well get it done now.

"Every year, I guess it's something I have to look forward to. The team gets pumped up for it, so anything to excite the team and give something to look forward to -- especially after having a good practice like we had today -- is a good note."

EXTRA POINTS

Stamps cornerback Brandon Browner, who missed the first few days of training camp due to personal reasons, arrived in Calgary yesterday ... The Montreal Alouettes signed veteran receiver Jason Armstead yesterday. The five-year CFL veteran spent last season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, making 31 catches for 392 yards ... Toronto Argos running back Tyler Ebell was carried off the field with a left leg injury suffered during a practice session yesterday.


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