Stamp king of CFL trash talk

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:41 PM ET

There is a secret to beating Dwight Anderson’s trash talk, although it’s extremely difficult.

Remember what you got told as a kid: Just ignore it.

“If you don’t say nothing back, I will leave you alone,” said the Calgary Stampeders defensive back, who was named the CFL’s biggest trash talker in a TSN players’ poll released Tuesday.

“I worked hard for this.”

Rarely does a play go by when Anderson isn’t chatting at someone, be it a member of the opposition on the field, standing on the bench or even fans in the stands.

But now that he’s in his third season in Calgary, the 29-year-old Jamaican has perfected the art of blabbing and staying in the proper head space.

In his first couple seasons, Anderson was too busy yammering to hear the playcall, and halfback Brandon Smith would have to repeat it to him.

“I used to get caught up with the crowd,” Anderson said. “Then Smitty would get mad. I could hear ‘DA! DA!’ I would ask, what’s the call?”

When it comes to material, Anderson just says what comes to mind. He stays away from talking about families, but he can go from nasty cutting about how they look to completely random nonsense about the weather.

Mostly it’s about how he’s going to beat you, lock you up, take you out of the game.

It’s usually a creative way of boasting about his own achievements, as was the case in recent meeting with B.C. Lions receiver Manny Arceneaux.

“I told him I liked my picture on his Facebook page,” Anderson said. “I liked the fact you admire me. He took it off the next day, so it worked.

“I can making something out of nothing. I can be annoying at times. Sometimes guys say just shut the (bleep) up.

“I take pride in my trash talk. I go home, look in the mirror, talk to myself a little bit.”

Anderson speaks so quickly, it can be hard to understand him, but that energy makes him effective.

“He has a DA language,” said fellow defender Keon Raymond. “He goes on and on and you can hardly understand him sometimes. Smitty helps translate.”

The key to being an effective chatter is playing well.

“You have to possess a swagger to talk trash,” Raymond said. “Being one of the best defenders in this league, DA has the right to talk some trash. You can’t talk and be out there getting roasted. He holds his own.”

Although head coach John Hufnagel isn’t a big fan of constant blathering (“I would rather have him named the most outstanding defensive back than this award,” he said), defensive backs coach Corey Chamblin is fine with it as long as the performance doesn’t suffer.

Chamblin said Anderson grades out the highest of his defensive players and that the cornerback has only missed one or two assignments all season. It certainly helps he has four interceptions and two TDs this season.

“He must be talking to quarterbacks and messing with their heads,” Chamblin said. “I don’t know how they miss him. They shouldn’t be. They can hear him, I’m sure.

“He’s done a great job of focusing during the play. Between the plays, I can’t tell you what he’s doing.”

Anderson’s nattering can get annoying, even if you are on his side. Last season, he and Davanzo Tate engaged in shoving match during a game, mostly because Anderson wouldn’t stop telling the rookie where to be.

Overall, his teammates love him, mostly because he’s a genuinely nice guy who is better to have on your side.

Due to his chatterbox nature, he is one of the most hated players in the CFL.

“I love being hated in every city other than Calgary,” Anderson said. “I hope the wholes stadium boos me. That makes me play better.”

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