Tisdale changing his stripes

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:55 PM ET

CALGARY - Geoff Tisdale figured his transition was already complete.

That was until earlier this week, when a Calgary Stampeders supporter tattled that the talented cornerback was still using a snapshot from his tenure with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as the profile picture on his Facebook account.

With his former squad coming to town for Saturday’s showdown at McMahon Stadium, Tisdale insisted the photo flap has been addressed.

“I did get that message,” Tisdale said with a grin. “Go check my Facebook now, man. It’s been taken care of. I didn’t know people were getting mad about it. I didn’t really care too much about it, but you gotta keep the fans happy.”

After three seasons with the Tiger-Cats, the 25-year-old free-agent acquistion is getting comfortable wearing Red & White. Through five regular-season outings with Stamps, Tisdale has a pair of interceptions and 10 defensive tackles.

“It’s been a nice smooth ride for me so far,” Tisdale said.

He’s not the only guy who made the move from Steeltown to Cowtown this winter. The Stamps have also benefited from the addition of running backs coach Mike Gibson, who was Hamilton’s offensive co-ordinator for two seasons and brings seven years of three-down football coaching experience to McMahon Stadium.

“His knowledge of the CFL, of the players in the CFL, of the defences, it’s been definitely an asset to us,” said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel. “He does a very nice job with the running backs.

“Anytime you have an ex-offensive line coach, ex-offensive co-ordinator ... He’s probably coached all the positions on offence, so to put that experience on your staff is very fortunate.”

“Probably what that says to you is I’m old,” Gibson countered. “I’ve worked at a lot of different places and a lot of different positions. I’d like to think I can bring a lot to the table. And it’s very rewarding to me because these guys ask me a lot of questions about different things. In some ways,

I feel like the senior statesman.”

Both Gibson and Tisdale have answered a lot of questions about the Tiger-Cats this week.

Thanks to a twist in the schedule, the Stamps actually won’t pay a visit to Ivor Wynne Stadium this season. The two teams will meet again at Touchdown Atlantic II, with the Ticats serving as the official hosts for the Sept. 25 clash in Moncton, N.B.

Tisdale and Gibson have an opportunity to connect with some old friends this weekend, but both insisted their first tiff with the Tabbies is no big deal.

“I’ve got a few buddies over there. I’ve got some cool guys over there, but we all know what it’s about when we get out there Saturday,” Tisdale said.

“It’s just another game to me. I just want to go out there and just continue doing what I’ve been doing, and that’s just playing good, solid, sound football.

“It doesn’t really matter who we play, I’ve still got a job to do.”

“Business is business.”

Gibson added. “You can’t get caught up in those type of things. I spent two years in Saskatchewan, too, and last week, that game was just another game. We play these guys enough times during the season that it’s just the next game on the schedule.”

wes.gilbertson@sunmedia.ca


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