Stamps clamour for tickets

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Road games at B.C. Place Stadium have suddenly become the hottest ticket among Calgary Stampeders players.

There are now four B.C. natives on the Stamps active roster, plus three players who used to be with the Lions.

So for rookie left guard Jesse Newman, asking teammates for their extra ducats for tonight's matchup with the Lions was a fruitless endeavour.

Any extras were quickly scooped up by veteran centre Rob Lazeo or sophomore running back Jon Cornish.

"I told my family to just buy them," said Newman, who grew up in Powell River, B.C. "They don't give rookies extra tickets."

This outing is a special homecoming for the starting left guard.

"I grew up as a fan of the Lions until the day I was drafted," Newman said.

CLOSE YOUR EYES, DAVE

B.C. Lions coach Wally Buono doesn't make too much of a big deal about having Dave Dickenson on the Calgary sidelines with knowledge of his team's playbook and signals.

There were reports the Lions were changing their calls up this week to make sure the veteran pivot wasn't pulling anything sneaky.

"It's not a big deal," Buono said yesterday. "If a guy on the sidelines knows the cadence, he will still have to relay it to other players."


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