Stamps long-snapper’s lengthy wait

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

CALGARY - When Calgary Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel excused Randy Chevrier from last week’s road-trip to Edmonton as he awaited the birth of his third son, he had a simple request for the veteran long-snapper.

Maybe the little guy didn’t get the message.

“He just said, ‘Make sure he doesn’t come on the 1st.’ But now, there’s obviously that possibility with every day that we wait,” Chevrier said. “So we’re praying that he either comes in the next day or so, and if not, hopefully he can wait until after the final whistle on Friday.

“Then, bring him on.”

Already the proud parents of two, Chevrier and his wife, Tania, have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of a third son. After Wednesday’s practice at McMahon Stadium, the 33-year-old reported that the waiting game continued.

With the Stamps kicking off their regular-season schedule with Friday’s clash against the Toronto Argonauts at McMahon Stadium (7 p.m., TSN, QR77), the clock is ticking.

Chevrier hasn’t missed a game for the past three seasons, although the off-season signing of Tim St. Pierre — a special-teams ace with some long-snapping experience — gives the Red & White some flexibility if he needs to rush from the locker-room to the maternity room.

“We’re waiting anxiously, obviously hoping the baby decides not to show up on Canada Day,” Chevrier said. “But all I want out of this, no matter when he comes, is a healthy baby and a healthy momma.”

WHO’S COUNTING?

Argonauts 8, Stamps 7.

Two days before the regular-season opener at McMahon Stadium, that’s the score some were talking about.

The Argos had eight guys named to TSN’s poll of the CFL’s top 50 current players, which was unveiled Tuesday, while the crew from Calgary landed seven on the list.

The Stamps certainly didn’t seem concerned. In fact, star quarterback Henry Burris, who was ranked second in the poll, served up a sarcastic sound-byte when asked about the small discrepancy between the two teams.

“That just shows you how horrible we are,” Burris said, his trademark smile wider than usual. “Nobody likes us here in Calgary, like it’s always been. We’re going to go out and, hopefully, we’ll just let our game do the talking.”

EXTRA POINTS

Stamps P Burke Dales booted a few balls Wednesday, which should quash concern he won’t be available for Friday’s game. Head coach John Hufnagel said Dales would be in the lineup “unless something goofy happens between now and then.” ... DB Daren Stone limped off the field with a sore hamstring and will be re-evaluated Thursday ... With

OL Dimitri Tsoumpas sidelined, rookie OL J’Michael Deane will get the start at right guard in his first CFL game.


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