Touchdown celebration rocks

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

By rolling a football as a curling stone, the Calgary Stampeders receivers have thrown down the gauntlet to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Following Nik Lewis' 85-yard touchdown scamper in a 43-5 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders yesterday at McMahon Stadium, the talkative receiver lined up in the hack to celebrate the score.

With fellow pass-catchers Jeremaine Copeland and Ken-Yon Rambo as sweepers, Lewis rolled the ball curling-style.

Copeland came up with the idea while on the sidelines, and it's essentially in response to some TD celebrations the Bombers have done in recent weeks.

"Curling is a little better than duck, duck, goose," Copeland said about a recent skit by the Bombers.

"This is Canada. You don't do duck, duck, goose unless you are in kindergarten."

Copeland said he has a healthy respect for Canada's game, despite never trying it himself.

"I've checked it out on TV, but I would love to do it," Copeland said. "I want to be the one sliding and letting it go. That looks like a lot of fun.

"Curling must be hard, period. I think they should get paid a lot more. If they fall and hit their head, it's going to hurt."

The Blue Bombers visit McMahon Stadium Saturday, and Lewis wants everyone to get their popcorn ready.

"I just want to say to Winnipeg that we respect your celebrations, but we're going to have better celebrations next week," Lewis said.

"Tune in to TSN. It's a battle of celebrations next week."

The Stamps receivers weren't just creative on celebrations.

On one third-quarter play, quarterback Henry Burris tossed a back pass to Copeland, who then threw a perfect strike to Lewis.

Before becoming a receiver in college at Tennessee, Copeland was a quarterback, and he showed off the arm yesterday.

"I'm always waiting for that opportunity," Copeland said.


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