Nothing game not in Stamps vocabulary

WES GILBERTSON

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

Win or lose, the Calgary Stampeders' playoff scenario won't change.

Just don't try telling Stamps safety Wes Lysack, whose club has already clinched the division title and first-round playoff bye, that today's tilt with the B.C. Lions is a nothing game.

"Anybody that says this game is meaningless, their life isn't based on pride," Lysack said. "If your life has a foundation of pride built into it, then this game means something to you.

"We've been building on something that's pretty good, so the best way to finish that is to continue what we've done and keep the momentum going into playoffs. The only way to do that is to come in and play this game like we're in the same position that B.C. is in -- fighting for something they need pretty bad.

"We have to look at it that way."

Regardless of what happens today, the Stamps (12-5) will finish atop the West and host the division final Nov. 15 at McMahon Stadium.

There's a lot more on the line for the Lions (11-6), who need a victory to secure a home playoff date. If the Leos lose today, they'll finish third in the West and pay a visit to Regina to battle the Saskatchewan Roughriders (12-6), who jumped into second spot with a 45-38 victory over the Toronto Argonauts Thursday night.

"Our mindset all week was coming here and winning," said Lions starting quarterback Buck Pierce. "Toronto made it interesting, but the better team won. Nothing changes for us. We need to play well."

Even slotback Jason Clermont, who was born in the Queen City, probably doesn't want to visit Taylor Field for a post-season tilt, but the Lions are no slouches away from home.

In fact, B.C. is 5-3 in enemy territory and have the second-best road record in the CFL behind the Stampeders, who are 6-3 away from McMahon Stadium. The Stamps are 6-2 on familiar turf and have won four straight games in their home silks. With a victory over the Lions, they'll join the Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes as the league's top home teams, plus boast the best overall record.

"What you want in a championship team is one that's tough at home," said Stamps receiver Jeremaine Copeland.

"We want the best record in the CFL and we don't want to be tied with anybody else. We want to be one team above everybody else. We have a lot to play for."


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