Sled the battle begin

WES GILBERTSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

Since making the move to the wild West four years back, Calgary Stampeders slotback Jeremaine Copeland swears he doesn't have a favourite moment against his former squad.

No clutch touchdown. No awe-inspiring grab. No victory that stands out above the others.

Well, there is one thing.

"The only memorable moment I have is being in Montreal and doing the bobsled," said Copeland, who signed with the Stamps in 2005 after four campaigns in Alouettes silks.

"That was probably the biggest thing that ever happened over there, to tell you the truth."

How could anybody forget the infamous bobsled celebration?

After the Stampeders scored a touchdown against the Alouettes in 2006, Copeland and the rest of Calgary's receiving corps sat in a row and bobbed and weaved as if they were flying down a bobsled track.

To top it off, they spilled in opposite directions before returning to the bench.

"That's classic, and he's good for those celebrations," admitted Alouettes slotback Ben Cahoon, who partnered with Copeland for 3,318 combined receiving yards in 2003, the highest total hauled in by two teammates in CFL history.

"I don't remember the play. I do remember the celebration, though. That was a good one."

The Alouettes faithful weren't necessarily cheering while Copeland & Co. mimicked a bobsled team on their turf, but the two-time all-star receiver was no doubt a fan favourite during his days in Montreal, where he won a Grey Cup in 2002 and posted back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns in '03 and '04.

He'll be lining up across from some old buddies when the Alouettes pay a visit to McMahon Stadium tonight (8 p.m.). Since saddling up in the Stampede City, the talkative Tennessean has 30 receptions and three majors in seven outings against his old squad.

He grabbed four passes in a 23-19 Stamps victory in Montreal July 10, although trotting onto the turf at Olympic Stadium doesn't make his heart beat as fast as it once did.

"It doesn't really kick the way it used to," Copeland said. "When I first left, for the first two years, it was a little different going back to Montreal. But the fans are still there and they're still wearing my jersey and they're still calling my name from the stands. And not being smart alecks, they're being good fans and saying, 'We miss you' and stuff like that. So that still rings a bell in your ear every time you go back there.

"But other than that, there's been a big change in the whole thought process. I'm a Calgary Stampeder now."

Copeland still counts Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo, Cahoon and defensive end Anwar Stewart among his friends, but doesn't intend to show the East Division-leading out-of-town guests too much hospitality tonight.

The Stamps corps of pass-catchers, a group that also includes mouthpiece Nik Lewis, are known for their confidence and flair, but Copeland insists he'll let his hands and feet do the talking against the Als.

"I ain't gonna be in their ears," he said.

"The only talking I'm gonna probably give 'em will be saying 'Hey' and all that stuff before the game. But once the game starts, man, once we cross that field and get in between the lines, friendship is over with. Until the game is over with, we're no longer friends."


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