Ryan Thelwell knows what it’s like to get called out by Nik Lewis, and he didn’t like it.
In 2006, Lewis said some unflattering things about Thelwell and then-teammate Paris Jackson.
By game time, Thelwell was ready to go out and prove the Calgary Stampeders mouthpiece wrong.
The same thing might happen in Saturday’s meeting with the B.C. Lions after Lewis provoked a response from halfback Korey Banks by blasting the Leos defence on Twitter for hitting low.
“Knowing those guys, they will use it as fuel,” said Thelwell, who joined Calgary from B.C. in 2007.
“We’re a tight team here. We will stick together and fight.”
Later in that same season, Lewis and teammates Jeremaine Copeland went on TSN’s Off The Record and made fun of Geroy Simon’s touchdown celebration.
The next week, Simon went out and had eight catches for 120 yards and a major in a 39-13 stomping of the Stamps.
“We were actually in Hamilton at (owner) David Braley’s place when it aired,” Thelwell said. “The whole team was sitting there watching.
“We laughed about it, but words were said. We used it as fuel for the next week. The guys were fired up. The defence was fired up to stop him.
“I know they will use this because that’s how Wally Buono is. It shouldn’t matter. Words are one thing but when you get on the field, it’s another matter.”
Lewis isn’t worried if he’s provided fodder for the Lions.
“They are 1-4,” Lewis said. “I’ve been there before. There’s nothing you can say to me to make me play harder. My job is on the line, and we need to win a game.
“I don’t think you can fire them up any more. If they want to use it as motivation, then use it as motivation. If 1-4 isn’t enough motivation for them, maybe that’s the reason they are in the boat they are in now.
“I’m motivated now by other things. I feel like people counted us out, counted me out. I understand why I had the season I did last year. I’ve come to terms with it. I’m healthy now.
“It’s a different me. This is the first time I get to play B.C. I’m a different guy than last year. If they think they are facing the same guy, they are mistaken.”