CALGARY - In a game that almost nobody watched, almost nobody stood out.
Most fans were either scared off by soggy weather or glued to the TV set for the decisive game of the Stanley Cup final, but they didn't miss much as the the Calgary Stampeders seemed horribly out of synch in Wednesday's 24-0 exhibition loss to the B.C. Lions.
In fact, the loudest cheers at a mostly-empty McMahon Stadium were heard when the public address announcer provided updates from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the Boston Bruins sipped from Lord Stanley's shiny silver mug after a 4-0 victory over the Canucks.
We're still five-and-a-half months away from the Grey Cup game, but the Stamps certainly have some work to do after a pre-season showing that featured more punts than spectacular plays.
Starting quarterback Henry Burris completed his first three passes and then misfired on five in a row, exiting with 17 passing yards on eight attempts.
Defensive back Brandon Smith was victimized on B.C.'s first touchdown drive, letting Steven Black sneak behind him in the back of the endzone.
And the Stamps giftwrapped points for the Lions early in the second half, with Zac Carlson muffing a snap and the out-of-towners recovering the fumble on Calgary's 10-yard line. On the next play, Leos receiver Kamau Peterson was celebrating seven points.
Nick Moore also registered a major for the boys from B.C., who got touchdown passes from three different quarterbacks (Hey, at least there's some good news for sports fans on Canada's West Coast).
There were some highlights for the Stamps, too. Here's a handful of 'em ...
The Stamps' second — and final — pre-season game is slated for next Friday against the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium. The Red & White host the Toronto Argonauts for their regular-season opener on Canada Day at McMahon Stadium.