The cities are more than 3,000 km and two time zones apart, but you wouldn’t know it by the rivalry building between the Alouettes and Stampeders.
At the end of Friday’s physical 46-21 victory for the Stamps at McMahon Stadium, tempers flared and Calgary safety Wes Lysack was ejected on a play where Milt Collins picked off Adrian McPherson.
It wasn’t the only dustup, as Juwan Simpson got into it a little with Alouettes safety Etienne Boulay on the Stamps sidelines.
“We’re the two top teams in the league, and both of us realize that if we want to get to where both of us want to be at the end of the season, we’ve got to go through our respective teams,” Lysack said.
“We expected it to be a dogfight and a close game and when it’s not that, tempers are going to flare.
“That’s all it came down to. They probably wanted to do better than they did and
I think it probably would have been the same on our end if it was the other way around.”
While Lysack said he was coming to the defence of a teammate at the end of a play, Simpson professed his innocence. When Henry Burris scrambled out of bounds, it appeared that Simpson went towards the trailing defender on the bench.
“I was trying to get to Hank,” Simpson said. “We bumped into each other, so I guess he felt he thought I was trying to give him something. He grabs me and everybody pulls me back like I’m the bad guy. I was just trying to get to my quarterback and tell him good job. I’m smarter than that.”