Streak 'naut one to remember

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

Jeff Pilon paused to think.

That pause lasted quite some time.

The question posed to the Calgary Stampeders veteran offensive lineman was whether he played for the Stamps when they last won in Toronto.

It was way back in 2000, and Pilon's rights were traded to Calgary in the middle of that campaign.

At first, he believed he was part of that tilt. But after thinking about it longer, came the final decision: "I don't think so. It's a long time ago."

No kidding.

Since that 31-14 victory in SkyDome Sept. 28, 2000, it's been an unlucky seven for the Stampeders.

Which means Pilon -- the longest actively serving member of the Stampeders -- has never won a game in Hogtown, a streak the team will try to snap Saturday.

"I was telling the guys that today," Pilon said.

"It's ridiculous."

Which leads to a big question: Why? How can a team go that long between victories in a building?

"If I had that answer, we'd be doing it right now," Pilon said. "I don't know. It's one of those things. I don't want to say it's a curse or a jinx.

"You want to go in there and get that monkey off your back."

Saturday's game in Toronto is more than just an opportunity to end the drought.

It's a chance for the Stamps to show true killer instinct by stomping a CFL weak link.

"That's not our goal," Pilon insisted. "We want to go there and win back-to-back games (against the Argonauts). We want to put a good performance out there, win back-to-back and string wins together."

Calgary has won three straight and five of six to vault into top spot in the West Division, but that perch is precarious. The Stamps are tied with Saskatchewan at 8-4 -- with a two-game set against the Roughriders on the horizon -- while the Edmonton Eskimos and B.C. Lions are two points back at 7-5.

If one element can cause another loss in Toronto, it's in the Stampeders' dressing room.

The Argos were smacked around in a 34-4 Calgary victory last week, and appear to be in complete disarray.

Complacency is something for the Stamps to battle, but Pilon said there would be no excuse to come out flat.

"We all have a goal of what we want to do at the of the year and you can't be complacent," he said. "They're a very good team, have some great talent, and you know Don (Matthews) is not going to take that loss lightly. They're going to be a different team."

EXTRA POINTS

While Pilon, out last game due to a shoulder injury, is expected to return, the team isn't sure about a couple of others who missed last week's clash due to injury. DB Milt Collins (concussion) did practice yesterday and will be assessed, while DB Jullian Battle (heel) didn't take the field.


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