Labour Day didn't always produce Stamps win

Calgary Stempeders laugh at practice. (QMI Agency)

Calgary Stempeders laugh at practice. (QMI Agency)

Ian Busby, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:12 PM ET

Not all of the biggest Labour Day memories are positive ones.

Certainly, that is the case for both Joffrey Reynolds and Dave Dickenson.

When Reynolds arrived with the Calgary Stampeders, it was late in the 2004 season. He was firmly entrenched as the starting tailback by the following September and his first taste of the rivalry game.

The Labour Day meeting that season was arguably Reynolds’ worst CFL outing in his career.

With eight carries for a total of just one yard, the future six-time 1,000-yard rusher certainly can recall that one.

“I remember that Kelly Wiltshire knocked me out,” Reynolds said about the former Eskimos safety. “I don’t remember the stats, though. At this point in my career, everything runs together.

“Hank (quarterback Henry Burris) hung me out to dry. I was going straight up the middle and took a pass.

“I was like ‘Whoa.’ We still talk about that hit today.”

An iron-man in the CFL, Reynolds had to leave that outing with a stinger in his neck, although he came back three days later.

A few years before that, when Dickenson was at the helm of the Stampeders, the offensive co-ordinator had his share of interesting Labour Day outings.

He took over for Jeff Garcia in 1998 and led the Stamps to a 26-8 victory, but it was the following year that he remembers most.

In what was the only Labour Day Classic in history between the Stamps and Eskimos to go into overtime, Dickenson still feels the sting talking about the 33-30 loss.

“In overtime, they got a field goal and we got the one-yard line,” Dickenson said. “On third and one, Wally (Buono) decides to go for it.

“We were doing a shuffle on quarterback sneaks. I had to do all the work, playing in 90-plus degree heat, and I came out for the play that mattered the most.

“We got the touchdown, and they had called a timeout. We go back out again, and we don’t get it and we lose. That memory is burned into me.

“We could have tied it up, but Wally played aggressive, which I like. That game had it all. It was a big part of that season. I always had better games in the return game in Edmonton. I missed it in 2000.”

The following season, Dickenson was injured and replaced by Troy Kopp in what was a second-straight Labour Day defeat.

“I remember Terry Vaughn chirping about he was still undefeated on Labour Day,” Dickenson said about the former Stampeder and Eskimo who had a eight-game win streak in the Classic (1995-2002).


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