Set the record straight

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

Since head coach John Hufnagel took the reins, the Calgary Stampeders have won three straight against the B.C. Lions.

So what's the game plan for next Saturday, when the Leos visit McMahon Stadium to face the Stamps in the West Division final?

Four-get about it!

"The fact we have had some success over the B.C. Lions, that's good for Calgary. But guess what? That's not going to have anything to do with what happens next Saturday," Hufnagel said yesterday, just over an hour after the Lions beat the host Saskatchewan Roughriders 33-12 to secure a spot in the division final for the fifth consecutive season.

"B.C. is going to come here with their guns loaded. They're going to be ready for anything and everything."

The Leos dominated the Stampeders last season -- winning three times and settling for one tie -- but it's been a different story since Hufnagel moved his stuff into the offices at McMahon Stadium.

The Lions posted a 11-7 record, but three of those losses came in a regular-season sweep against Calgary. It's the longest winning streak the Red & White have had against the Leos since 2000-01, when current B.C. boss Wally Buono was the big cheese on the Stampeders sidelines.

In Calgary's locker-room, the streak is already old news.

"It definitely don't matter no more. Everybody's 0-0 now," said linebacker Shannon James. "What happened in the regular season is done with."

"When the playoffs come, you throw the records out the window," agreed Stampeders kicker Sandro DeAngelis.

"B.C. is a very veteran team, so I don't think that they would let the past three games affect them."

The Lions most recent visit to McMahon Stadium came last Saturday, when the Stamps spoiled B.C.'s bid to host yesterday's division semi-final with a 41-30 victory, highlighted by a three-touchdown performance from second-string pivot Barrick Nealy.

After the Stamps backups laid a licking on the Lions, an outspoken member of Gang Green, decked out in a Riders jersey even though his favourite team was nowhere to be seen, stalked B.C. quarterback Buck Pierce as he signed autographs for a handful of kids and shouted, "See you in Regina, Buck!"

Pierce got the last laugh yesterday, passing for 221 yards and a touchdown to lead the Lions into the West final and ruin the Riders' hopes of hoisting the Grey Cup in back-to-back seasons.

Star receiver Geroy Simon had four catches for 61 yards and scored a major, bouncing back after being silenced by defensive back Lenny Walls last weekend in Calgary.

The regular-season finale was billed as a showdown between Simon and Calgary's Ken-Yon Rambo, who were locked in a battle for the CFL receiving crown, which the Stampeders receiver won. Perhaps this game could stand as the sequel?

"Hype it up however y'all want to hype it up," Rambo said.

"Basically, it's going to be the Calgary Stampeders against the B.C. Lions. Whatever y'all want to put between them lines is up to you."


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