Burris feeling green after loss

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:40 AM ET

Thanks to the mix of red and green jerseys in the stands, Henry Burris occasionally refers to Stamps-Riders showdowns at McMahon Stadium as Christmas Day.

When the two teams meet in the playoffs, it’s been more like New Year’s Eve.

As in time for the Stamps to look ahead to next season.

Saskatchewan’s 20-16 victory over the home side in Sunday’s West final marked the fourth time in five campaigns that Gang Green has eliminated Burris’ bunch from Grey Cup contention.

The only exception was 2008, when the two teams didn’t meet in the post-season and the Stamps claimed the championship.

Despite his four-game playoff losing streak against the Riders since he scrambled out of Saskatchewan and rejoined the Red & White as a free agent, Burris shook off a suggestion his squad is under some sort of spell.

“I don’t believe in jinx, because things easily happen the other way,” Burris said after Sunday’s heartbreaking loss.

“But they made the plays and we didn’t in the second half, and that’s what decided it.”

After racking up more total yardage than any other CFL outfit during the regular season, Smilin’ Hank and his offensive buddies could only manage one touchdown and two field goals against the Riders.

Punter Burke Dales contributed three singles.

Burris finished 19-of-28 for 229 yards with one touchdown and one interception — not bad numbers considering the finger-numbing conditions.

He also fumbled once but managed to pounce on the loose ball, minimizing the damage.

With that stat line, Burris won’t be blamed — and doesn’t deserve to be blamed — for Sunday’s season-ending loss.

However, the 35-year-old quarterback was far from satisfied with his personal performance against his old team.

“If I had done enough, we’d be celebrating right now,” Burris said.

“I never feel I’ve done enough to win unless we win. That’s the way I roll — as my team rolls. If we play a good game and we win, then hey, you feel great, but I don’t feel I played a good game. I don’t feel I played a good enough game. I could have made some plays.”


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