Stamps rookies get pied

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:19 AM ET

Works every time.

Sticking with a time-honoured tradition at McMahon Stadium, the Calgary Stampeders' rookie class was lined up after Friday's practice and teased with the possibility of winning a free vacation, only to -- just like every other year -- receive nothing but a faceful of cream pie from their more-tenured teammates.

Most of the current Stamps fell for the annual prank during their freshman campaigns. Perhaps that explains why all-stars like Henry Burris, Nik Lewis, Juwan Simpson and Brandon Browner seemed thrilled to be dishing out the same treatment after Friday's frigid workout.

"I know I was one of the rookies getting pied in 1997 and that was 14 years ago, so it's been going on for a long time," Burris said. "The tradition must continue, and it will continue.

"It's just to show the rookies that we care about them and to say thanks. I know it's an odd way to show it, but that's how football is and how the Stampeder tradition is."

Kicker Rob Maver, halfback Brandon Issac, defensive end Robert McCune, linebacker Karl McCartney, receiver Johnny Forzani and returner Landan Talley were among the unsuspecting victims of Friday's post-practice dessert.

Offensive lineman Edwin Harrison, the Stamps' nominee for the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie award, was also wiping cream from his face and admitted he never saw it coming.

"They got us, big-time, Harrison said. "That's OK though. Hopefully, someday, I'll be able to get somebody as good as I got got today."

wes.gilbertson@sunmedia.ca


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