Justin Phillips can hardly share his family's excitement over his first work visit back to Toronto.
It's been clear to the Calgary Stampeders players the road trips to the Centre of the Universe can be distracting due to the amount of friends and family hanging around.
So Phillips has taken care of tickets before the team leaves today to face the Toronto Argonauts Saturday night. And this certainly didn't sneak up on him because Phillips knew about this visit since the CFL schedule came out.
"I don't know if it's been on my calendar, but it's been on my mom's," said the sophomore defensive end.
"She's been bugging me for weeks about this game.
"My whole family is coming, including some of my extended family. It's a total of 14 people.
"I told them not to distract me. I'm there to play. I have it all taken care of, but I'm not going to see them until after the game."
Phillips grew up in Ottawa but went to Wilfred Laurier and played four seasons with the Golden Hawks. His family moved to Waterloo, Ont. during his final year of high school, and he makes his home there now as well.
Phillips said the outing in Toronto will be special.
"Now I'm playing more on defence so they are excited to see me get defensive reps."
A whipping of the Edmonton Eskimos earned the Montreal Alouettes the two biggest player of the week awards yesterday.
QB Anthony Calvillo is the offensive player of the week for his 414-yard passing performance in a 40-4 win over the Esks Sunday. Defensive end Jermaine McElveen had three tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in just his second career CFL game.
Lions kicker Paul MacCallum took home special teams honours, while rookie Saskatchewan running back Stu Foord is the top Canadian.