Flagging the ol' horse

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:50 AM ET

As one of the Calgary Stampeders veterans, Wes Lysack is among the handful who conduct the team's kangaroo court.

"I'm not looking forward to that. It'll take a while," admitted the Stamps safety amidst the hurrah of Friday's 41-30 victory over the Montreal Alouettes.

Although there were so many aspects to enjoy for the hosts in that game, there ended up being one ugly mark on the affair -- the constant sight of penalty flags flying in the air.

When the final gun sounded, the Stamps had been assessed 18 penalties for nearly 200 yards. To make it even worse, five were for unnecessary roughness and another was for objectionable conduct.

Rest assured, there will plenty of fines levied among the players.

Yesterday, after viewing the game film, head coach John Hufnagel was still digesting what transpired.

"It's better to have that sour taste after a victory. If you have things like that happening and it costs you a football game, it's far worse," he said.

"They were all called, so they were all legit and needs to be addressed."

Discipline was a major issue for the Stamps the last couple of seasons, but it appeared this club had turned the corner.

Friday night's tilt was a big step backwards and baffling to watch.

"We were doing a good job. I think we went from second most (penalized) to being fourth least in league, and now I'm sure we're leading again, unfortunately," Hufnagel said. "Eighteen penalties is just out of line and we need to keep our composure.

"I need to have a little chat with a few people and maybe I'll have a better understanding why, not that I'm going to have much sympathy. You've got to play by the rules."

The mantra was already being repeated in the dressing room after the Stamps handily dispatched the East Division-leading Alouettes.

"That's something we can't be doing," Lysack said. "It shows how well of a game we played, other than the penalties, to have that much of a dominating performance."

"We've got to maintain more poise," added starting quarterback Henry Burris.

"That's the one thing that put a damper on the game for us. We've got to make sure we're better at being disciplined because that'll come back to bite us in the end if we're not careful."

EXTRA POINTS

Hufnagel said receiver Nik Lewis is day-to-day with a knee sprain and defensive back Milton Collins would be questionable for next game due to a concussion. He was optimistic offensive lineman Jeff Pilon will return from his shoulder injury when the Stamps play host to the Toronto Argonauts Saturday ... Offensive linemen Godrey Ellis had successful surgery on his rotator cuff, although he's done for the season ... The Stamps expect to add import offensive lineman Mike Byrne tomorrow. The 6-foot-5, 300-lb. product of the University of Delaware was cut by the NFL's Miami Dolphins.


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