Stamps' frustrating fan experience

Derrick Newman, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:35 AM ET

CALGARY - Booed off your own turf.

Call it tough love. Call it frustration boiling over with an anemic offence.

Whatever it was, it seemed to give the hometown Calgary Stampeders a little boost.

With 6:29 left in the third quarter, quarterback Henry Burris and the rest of the Stamps offence sauntered off the field amidst their own fans booing vehemently at their own team.

We aren’t in Philadelphia, are we — ome of the some harshest fans this side of the Atlantic?

So what did the boys in red and white think of their faithful followers?

“That’s not really cool,” Stamps receiver Johnny Forzani said following the 24-19 Eskimos win. “This team’s been a 14-, 15-win team forever. We have a solid, solid team.

“At the same time, if you play bad, (the fans) pay money to come see you, so they’re entitled to do whatever it is they’re entitled to do.”

On Cthe Stamps’ next possession, something changed — they actually moved ball in the right direction.

Two drives. Two touchdowns.

Right back in the game.

Led by a 17-yard pass from Burris to Romby Bryant, a 36-yard pass and catch to running back Jon Cornish on the next play to produce a touchdown and pull the Stamps to within three

“It was just a little pass out of the backfield,” Cornish said. “It wasn’t specifically for me. The Edmonton linebacker didn’t come my way, he was covering Nik (Lewis).

“I turn around to catch the ball. Turn back around, there’s nobody there.”

“I meet up with a defensive back around the six-yard line or so. He ends up tackling me, and I managed to dive in the endzone barely.”

Frustration can only go on so long until something starts to click, and that’s what seemed to happen Saturday night at McMahon Stadium.

“It just got more frustrating because we weren’t clicking early,” Forzani said.

“Then we got rolling, and it was a lot better. It’s more just frustrating we’re not coming out fast enough.”

But back to the turning point in the Stamps offensive struggles.

Cornish had some thoughts on fan etiquette — being a fan himself just a few years ago.

“Sure, if we do poorly a whole game, boo us,” Cornish said.

“But, if, anything encouragement. I’m speaking as a player but also as a fan. I was hurt a few years ago, and

I was sitting in the stands. It’s just really disappointing seeing fellow fans booing your team. This is your team — you should be supporting it throughout everything.”


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