Lewis playing his own games

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

CALGARY - The West Division semifinal isn’t exactly weighing on Nik Lewis’ mind.

Obviously in an animated mood Sunday morning at McMahon Stadium, the Calgary Stampeders’ star slotback told reporters he’s too busy with his Kinect video-game system to sweat about which team will win next week’s playoff clash between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and B.C. Lions.

“I’m not really worried about B.C. I’m not worried about Saskatchewan. They’ve gotta worry about each other,” Lewis said. “I’m worried about the Kinect. I’m a gamer and I’m gonna play these games, and whenever they get down here, they are gonna get beat, just like anybody gonna get beat on that Kinect.”

While Lewis will be refining his long-jump and sprinting skills on the controller-free console, the rest of the Stamps will enjoy four days of rest and relaxation before returning to the field to prepare to host the Nov. 21 West Final.

Thanks to a 13-5 record, the Stamps are idle on the opening weekend of post-season play.

And although they’ve lost twice to the Lions on home turf over the past seven weeks, they insist they really couldn’t care less whether it’s the Roughriders or Wally Buono’s bunch bringing their gear to Calgary for the divisional final.

“That game is out of our hands. We can’t do anything about it,” said Stamps linebacker Juwan Simpson. “We can’t worry about it, but we’ll be ready for whichever team it is.”

“We don’t really care who we face,” agreed defensive tackle DeVone Claybrooks. “There hasn’t been a team on our schedule that we haven’t beaten — and beaten handily, might I add. Any team that comes in here on Nov. 21, they know they’re going to get a challenge. They know we’re going to fly around the ball, they know we’re gonna air it out and they know we’re going to play solid on special teams.

“When we put a complete game together, we’re a tough team to beat.”

The Stamps put the finishing touches on an impressive regular-season slate with Friday’s 35-32 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

On Saturday, many were tuned in as the Lions topped the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to keep their playoff hopes alive, then officially advanced when the Saskatchewan Roughriders eliminated the Edmonton Eskimos.

The Stamps also had a first-round bye two years ago, and head coach John Hufnagel told reporters they’ll stick with a similar structure to what worked in their Grey Cup championship run.

“You don’t worry about the Western final quite yet,” Hufnagel said. “You prepare to get better as a football team, and with the extra time, the coaches can go and do a little bit of extra work on other teams that are in the tournament, so it allows us to get a little extra work done so when we do find out on Sunday, a lot of the stuff has already been scrutinized.”

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