Burris was 'bamboozled'

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

Robbed, cheated, hoodwinked ... the Calgary Stampeders were trying to come up with the right word yesterday.

Pretty much everyone at McMahon Stadium was left scratching their heads yesterday at Henry Burris being left off the CFL all-star team.

Then all-star receiver Ken-Yon Rambo summed it up perfectly.

"He got bamboozled," Rambo said. "It's a real big shock. If you've been watching CFL football this year, the whole season, you know what he's been doing. He's been consistent. He's been playing big in the big games. He wins games for us."

Rambo was one of three Stamps offensive all-stars that were announced yesterday. Running back Joffrey Reynolds and kicker Sandro DeAngelis were the others.

Anthony Calvillo got the nod at quarterback instead of Burris in what may be a precursor to the big award, Most Outstanding Player, which will be announced next Thursday at a ceremony in Montreal.

If Burris doesn't win the CFL MOP award, it will be a travesty.

Although Calvillo had four more touchdown passes and about 500 more yards, Burris was the top player on the CFL's top team.

And when the competition got tougher, Burris raised his level of play. He was 8-3 against winning teams this season, including 2-0 against the Alouettes, while Calvillo was 3-4 against the same competition.

Being the positive person he is, Burris wouldn't complain about the snub yesterday, but teammates did it for him. He also said he didn't care if he loses MOP to Calvillo, either.

"It's probably going in that direction, but you never know," said Burris, who has to hope fan all-star voting -- not a factor in MOP voting -- swung the decision in Calvillo's favour.

"The thing is we want to be is the most outstanding team.

"No matter what anybody else says, it means nothing unless we cap this season off. That's what I'm focused on.

"I have enough motivation without this. I actually saw this coming before it happened. It's one of those things that I've been so focused on doing the right things here I haven't paid attention.

"It doesn't matter what anybody says, the one thing they can't take away from us is what we earn as a team. I've told that to guys we felt should have been all-stars but weren't. We're trying to make sure we do the right things as a team. We'll let the results speak for themselves."

The prevailing feeling as to why Calvillo won the all-star vote and is frontrunner for MOP is his comeback story.

The veteran pivot missed the final portion of last season to be with his ill wife.

But the voters shouldn't be going with the best story, even if it is the media who cast those ballots, and they love stories.

The Als put five players on the offensive all-star team. The B.C. Lions had two.

"It's just takes away from the credibility of the league," said Stamps linebacker JoJuan Armour about the all-star snub. "I love this league, and having Henry not be (an all-star) is ridiculous. Nothing against Anthony Calvillo and the year he had -- outstanding year, outstanding player, outstanding person -- but look at his record against winning teams.

"He was in the East, and look at his record against teams that win. I'm a Henry fan, and not only because I play with Henry, but I've played against Henry ... He's a competitor.

"You gotta love that guy. For our team to make the transition it made from last year to this year and him not be considered the outstanding player, it's sad."


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