Sad-sack loss still stings

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

Some called it a speed bump. Others say it's a hiccup.

The man at the helm of the Calgary Stampeders offence calls it an embarrassment.

Had the Stamps just lost to the B.C. Lions in a close game, the questions wouldn't be coming as furious now.

But Henry Burris and the 11 players around him were awful Saturday night during a 29-10 defeat, and now they face the defending Grey Cup champions Friday at McMahon Stadium.

"We went through something like this once a year," Burris said. "Hopefully, it's the one time we have to endure it.

"We have lost close games but this was a slap in the face. We have to make sure it's the last time we experience it. I know I was embarrassed to show my face around town. A lot of the guys feel the same way."

Head coach John Hufnagel described it as a lack of intensity and most of the offensive players agreed.

It was the worst outing for Burris since Oct. 6, 2006, when the Stamps lost 39-13 on the road at B.C. In that game, he went 8-of-21 for 129 yards and three INTs for a -.1 passer rating. On Saturday, Burris had a 27.1 passer rating, lost a fumble without being touched and was dropped for a 25-yard sack.

"When you play the quarterback position, you get the glory or you hear the worst of it," said receiver Ken-Yon Rambo.

"It's not all on Hank. The receivers didn't play up to par. The offensive line didn't do well. It was a group effort. It was a group loss and we go down together."

One thing that could have helped with intensity would be Nik Lewis, but the receiver sat out with a knee injury.

With Lewis out, Rambo was the focal point of the Lions defence and he was constantly double-teamed.

Maybe the problem will correct itself with Lewis returning Friday against the Alouettes.

"I don't think it had anything to do with me not being in the game," Lewis said.

"It was just a bad week for the offence.

"Every team goes through times when they don't play well offensively. I don't see anything wrong, not in the long term."

The Stamps don't have much time to get it sorted out.

The Alouettes arrive Friday with Anthony Calvillo back to being red hot after his injury.

In 2008, the Stamps beat the Als twice and won the Grey Cup.

Last year, they lost to Montreal twice and the Als won the Grey Cup.

Something's gotta give. "You need to bring your

A game every time but this week, we want to bring our A-plus game," Rambo said.

"Montreal is the defending champs. We know what type of team they have. We need to play our type of football. We have beat them before and we know what they will do."


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