Three days before battling the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Calgary Stampeders kickers were fighting -- each other.
Before yesterday's practice at McMahon Stadium, Stamps placekicker Sandro DeAngelis and punter Burke Dales let normal bickering escalate into a wrestling match and eventually punches being thrown.
DeAngelis has a cut on his nose and bruises around his eye, while Dales participated in practice with blood on his jersey.
The two good friends -- who joined the team in 2005 together -- laughed it off as nothing more than a "lover's quarrel."
"We were wrestling and I scratched my eye and nose a bit. It was just boys being boys," said DeAngelis, who at 5-foot-8, 195-lb., was at a distinct disadvantage in the tale of the tape to the 6-foot-3, 225-lb. Dales.
"This happens all the time in football. We just happened not to have our helmets on. When the other guys do it, they have their helmets on. We were making fun of each just as we do every day.
"Boys being boys. For anybody who's ever had a little brother, you will understand. It's just being stupid. Stupid macho stuff."
Neither player would admit to what started the skirmish yesterday, other than to say their normal arguing got a bit out of hand.
As for who threw the first punch, it became obvious it was Dales because of the damage DeAngelis incurred.
"It happened so fast, I don't really know who threw the first punch," Dales said. "I would rather not say.
"It was over and done with pretty fast."
As for having a height and weight advantage, Dales said that didn't factor into the bout.
"He's tough. He's strong, and just because he's smaller doesn't mean you can put him out," Dales said. "It was all in fun today. Did it cross the line? I would say no. Sometimes, that is the way it goes."
This skirmish comes on the heels of Stamps defensive backs Dwight Anderson and Davanzo Tate getting into a shoving match during Friday's 48-10 win over the B.C. Lions.
It also happened on a sombre day at practice in which the team announced leading receiver Ken-Yon Rambo will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
When asked about the tussle, Stamps head coach John Hufnagel tried to make light of the situation in which two kickers duked it out.
"I asked them yesterday to bring more intensity to practice today, but I wasn't talking about that type of intensity," Hufnagel said. "I don't know what occurred. It happened before I got onto the field. They had some words, I guess, and got into a bit of a wrestling, WWE event.
"Hopefully, it's over."
Dales said you could chalk it up to not getting enough chances to hit the opposition. Some pent-up rage.
"Let us loose," Dales said. "Us kickers don't get to hit people too often. Sandro gets a few tackles on kickoffs.
"Every once in a while, it's good for us. It gets it out of our system and makes us feel part of the team. It's better to do something on the field than just kicking balls."