Stamps pair sets sites on fans

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:45 AM ET

CALGARY - In seven seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, Joffrey Reynolds has never earned himself a nickname.

No one word sums up the running back on the field.

Now, he is just referred to as Calm — at least that’s his handle on a new fan website (calmb4storm.com) he and Nik Lewis have created.

“Compared to Nik Lewis, (Calm) is an understatement,” Reynolds said with a chuckle about his nickname. “We wanted a catchy title. We wanted to distinguish both our personalities.

“But that was just for the website. I’m not big on nicknames.”

Lewis is the man of a 1,000 nicknames. Geronimo Jones. Nikelo Dymes. Simon Sleepwalker. Lewis Mangenius. Just to name a few.

“Now we’re Team Storm,” Lewis said.

The two players, who have suited up with the Stamps since 2004, had an idea this off-season how to engage fans and raise their profiles.

They set up the site to offer membership ($60 for those over 18; $30 for fans 17 and under) available to anyone.

The Nik and Joff club will be giving away prizes such as tickets, jerseys and footballs, but Lewis has grand plans.

If the site generates 15,000 members, Lewis wants to give away a new car. He’s working on a trip to Touchdown Atlantic in Moncton at the end of September.

“When he was telling me about this, I thought we would be spending a lot of money,” Reynolds said. “If we get the numbers we want, it’s not far-fetched. As far as member-wise, again it’s not like throwing $60 into the wind. We thought it was a great idea. The few people who have joined seem to be happy about it.”

Both players are driving trucks with their names on it plus a logo for the website.

The pair have made two school visits to deliver winners their prizes in person already. There was a pre-camp kickoff party for members and they have a Stampede party planned for July 11 at Ranchman’s.

Money generated from the site will go towards securing prizes, get donated to charities such as the United Way and KidSport Calgary. Reynolds and Lewis also get a cut, but neither expects to get rich off the endeavour.

“It’s a great way for us as players to promote ourselves and the Stampeders,” Reynolds said. “I don’t think the CFL does a great job of making players household names. This is something we can do to get people involved.”

Self-promotion has never been a problem with Lewis.

He has become one of the biggest names in the CFL and not just because he is a seven-time 1,000-yard receiver.

Last season, he started Nik Lewis Nation and had t-shirts printed up with that slogan.

on it for his fans.

“I’m a fan too,” Lewis said. “I just love the interaction with them. Their money that goes to buying season tickets and merchandise gives me a job.

“I want to say I appreciate you as a fan. I want to try and give back. All their satisfaction comes from us winning. It doesn’t come from anything else.”


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