HAMILTON — Brandon Browner started pointing at the block and then got excited to see who it was in front of him.
Deon Murphy was bringing a missed field-goal attempt out of the endzone when the Calgary Stampeders defensive back spotted Hamilton Tiger-Cats kicker Sandro DeAngelis attempting to contain the returner.
Browner, who hasn’t said anything about not liking DeAngelis in the past, must have some hard feelings about the kicker leaving as a free agent.
Or maybe it was something DeAngelis said that nobody knows about.
Whatever happened, Browner took the chance to smack DeAngelis in the mouth, opening a hole for Murphy to go 105 yards during a 23-22 Stamps victory.
It felt good, he nodded.
“I had to take out the black,” Browner said. “It was better than hitting anybody else in that black and yellow jersey.
“But I tried to be a good sport and keep it within the game.”
Murphy, who had a rough opener with three fumbles, couldn’t have been happier to see Browner make the opening.
“When I see somebody pointing before I’m pointing, I know he’s ready to work for me,” Murphy said. “He wanted it as bad as I did. I appreciate him.”
Browner had a great game.
Not only did he shut down Tiger-Cats receiver Maurice Mann most of the day, he broke up a third-down pass to Arland Bruce in the endzone for a key turnover.
It didn’t start out great, as Browner wasn’t able to take down Ticats returner Marcus Thigpen during a 93-yard return TD.
But it’s a credit to Browner’s desire and speed he was even able to get close to Thigpen, who now has three return TDs this season.
“He’s faster than I thought he was,” Browner said.
“I missed him by an inch.
“But aren’t you going to ask me about the blocked field goal?”
With the game still in the balance late, DeAngelis lined up for a 59-yard attempt.
Browner leaped up, knocked the ball down and the game was over.
“It was pretty low, so it wasn’t hard at all,” Browner said. “He had to hit it like that going as far as he did. I stuck my hand up, and it hit it.”