Nothing to tweet about

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

VANCOUVER — Maybe there’s been a Twitter truce.

As far as we know, nary a negative word has been posted this week.

Heck, B.C. Lions receiver Geroy Simon even logged on to the social networking site to lob a compliment at Calgary Stampeders slotback Nik Lewis, saying, “He’s an awesome guy and a great player. He gets a bit wacky at times but that's why he’s a great player.”

That’s no way to talk about a fierce rival.

“They’ve been kicking our butts for the last few years, so I don’t know if you can call it a rivalry,” Simon said after Thursday’s walkthrough. “But we’ve had competitive games. It’s not like they’ve been blowouts. They’re a good team and we know that, but we know they can be beat.”

Barring a last-minute exchange of antagonistic tweets, there seems to be little reason to get excited about Friday’s showdown between the surging Stamps and struggling Lions at Empire Field in Vancouver (8:30 p.m., TSN, QR77).

The Stamps (6-1) sit atop the CFL’s West Division standings and are off to their best start in a decade, while the Lions (1-6) are sharing the basement with the Edmonton Eskimos, the squad they beat in their season-opener before losing six straight.

Thanks in part to a third-quarter interception by cornerback Dwight Anderson, the Stamps registered a 27-22 victory three weeks ago at Empire Field.

They’ve now won eight consecutive meetings with the Lions, including four in a row on the Wet Coast. During that span, they’ve outscored their longtime rivals 257-171.

What’s that old saying? It’s not over until the fat lady sings?

She might not fit the weight class, but rocker Joan Jett is scheduled to hit the stage at the Pacific National Exhibition grounds — the site of Empire Field — a half hour after the opening kickoff, and some figure this football game could be over by then.

Even Lewis, who has never been secretive about his dislike for the Lions, hasn’t seemed overly excited about Friday’s matchup.

“I’m guessing every team is our rival now. We just approach every team the same,” Lewis said. “We just want to be the best, and we try to prove we’re the best every week. I don’t see it as a rivalry. I see it as going out and handling our business.”

That’s not going to sell any tickets at Empire Field.

All week, Stamps head coach John Hufnagel has reminded reporters — and his players, too — that Calgary’s last meeting with the Lions was far from lopsided.

When asked Thursday about his eight-game losing streak against his former assistant, B.C. boss Wally Buono mentioned that, too.

“The game was close. We throw a bad ball down the sideline and the next thing you know, they’re ahead of you,” Buono said. “Calgary is well-coached, they’re well-disciplined and, as a team,

I think they usually play pretty good football. They don’t beat themselves and they play pretty sound football. We’re going to have to match that.”

If not, they’ll arrive at McMahon Stadium in four weeks facing a familiar question line. The Stamps, who lost five in a row to the Lions from 2004-06, know that feeling.

“They used to dominate us,” said defensive end Mike Labinjo. “Now, it’s our turn.”

wes.gilbertson@sunmedia.ca

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