Stamps prepare for loud crowd

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

When the Calgary Stampeders get to the rocking house of Mosaic Stadium, they will have already sat through three rock concerts.

In preparation for Friday's CFL West Division bat-t le against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Regina, the Stamps are blasting rock music through the McMahon Stadium loudspeaker for practice this week.

Wednesday will be the final day of ear-splitting sessions.

On Monday, the featured band was Metallica and their album Master of Puppets.

Tuesday was lighter fare -- more on the folksy side -- but just as annoying.

"I will tell you what, it's hard," said Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel about the sound. "We know it will be a hostile environment, so we know we will get Saskatchewan's best."

The Riders have a distinct home-field advantage this season. In five outings, they haven't lost at Mosaic Stadium, where they have scored 35.6 points per game compared with 19.8 on the road.

DURANT TO SMITH?

Riders QB Darian Durant has thrown a league-leading 14 interceptions this season -- tied with the Henry Burris -- while Stamps defensive back Brandon Smith has four picks in two games.

Sounds like a recipe for disaster in Regina.

"He has a tendency to be stingy when it comes to Calgary," said Smith of Durant.

EXTRA POINTS

Stampeders RB Jon Cornish returned to practice Tuesday and appears recovered from a sore hamstring ... Stampeders WR Ryan Thelwell (groin) could be available.


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