Dance of a lifetime

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Jeremaine Copeland has to admit he would like to follow in Jerry Rice's footsteps.

Forget about football. Copeland would like to compete on Dancing With The Stars.

"I would do awesome on that show," Copeland said. "I can jam. I can pick up anything.

"We did our own things here with some people at the University of Calgary.

"I picked it up pretty easy. With the practice time they have on the show, I could kill it."

Off and on over the past three-plus seasons with the Stamps, Copeland has showed off his grooving skills in numerous ways with fellow receivers Nik Lewis and Ken-Yon Rambo, among others.

On Monday, in a decisive 43-5 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Copeland came up with the idea of doing a curling skit.

So Lewis scored on an 85-yard touchdown and then rolled the football while Rambo and Copeland swept.

It wasn't the most creative thing they've done after touchdowns. Heck, it wasn't even the best winter-sport-themed dance.

"On this team, the bobsled and the bicycle are the two biggest we've done," Copeland said.

"Whenever we do get fired up, everyone else feasts off it. It's not something we'll keep doing all the time, but every now and then, we'll throw something in there."

Right after that win, Lewis and Copeland called out the Blue Bombers receivers for their recent skits. Those include a game of duck, duck, goose, a hockey puck drop and stickhandling and then, last week, a walking race from the back of the endzone to the goal line.

Bombers slotback Milt Stegall, who was the catalyst for touchdown dances back in the early 2000s, refused to talk about the showdown when he arrived at McMahon Stadium yesterday.

His dancemate Terrence Edwards explained he came up with duck, duck, goose and the racewalk, while Stegall is the one who designed the hockey skit.

Edwards said there is a time and place to put on a TD dance, and only one team will have the chance today at McMahon Stadium (4:30 p.m., TSN).

"In my mind, you have to be winning," Edwards said.

"If you're losing, it's not worth a dance or a celebration.

"They issued a challenge, yeah. That doesn't mean we have to respond. Our challenge is trying to beat this team."

Lewis will be focused on winning, too. But just as he did after last week's win, Lewis doesn't mind poking fun at the Bombers.

"I saw their hockey thing. I thought they could have perfected that a bit more," said Lewis, who needs 98 yards to hit 1,000 for the fifth straight year.

"With the master man in Milt, who has been doing this for years, he would have his pups practising more."

As for what's next with the Stamps receivers, Lewis said they believe they have found their niche.

"I just realized most of the things we do are Olympic sports," Lewis said with a laugh.

"We should stick to the Olympic theme.

"A lot of things haven't been done. Just wait and see. I don't want to spoil the surprise."

So far, Stamps head coach John Hufnagel hasn't done anything to discourage his receiving corps from celebrating.

But Hufnagel did say he wants it all to be in good taste, and Copeland won't do anything to upset his coach.

So whatever the receivers do, they won't be adding props or taking too much time.

The receivers never actually rehearse anything, and most ideas aren't talked about unless the team has a lead and there is more time to play.

Although the Bombers were called out, Copeland isn't expecting much today and downplays the rival dancers.

"This game isn't going to be a battle of Dancing with the Stars in the endzone," Copeland said.

"We might have a little fun, but we're not going to get carried away. We respect coach Huf's thought process."


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