CALGARY - Nik Lewis was surprised to get the hairdryer treatment from Brandon Isaac, especially after scoring the touchdown.
Even before they first opposed each other in Week 2 of the 2012 CFL season, the Calgary Stampeders receiver was used to hearing chatter from the former teammate-turned-Toronto Argonauts linebacker.
Through last season, Isaac was often covering Lewis in Calgary Stampeders practice, and they would occasionally get into wars of words.
During a tilt, Isaac steps up his game, and he unleashed it on his former teammate in the early battle this season at Toronto's Rogers Centre.
"It was a bunch of hot air," Lewis said. "He really has no concept to what he's doing or saying. It's just talking to talk.
"If that helps motivate him, then he can do it. The look on his face after I scored that touchdown was pretty good."
Lewis did have a nice day July 7 in T.O., catching seven passes for 95 yards and that TD.
But Isaac and the host Argos got the last laugh when they watched Noel Prefontaine boot the winner in the last second for a 38-35 victory.
"If he catches one ball, he feels like he's on top of the world. He should," Isaac said.
"But when I'm locking him down, he ain't got nothing to say. He's trying to find a way to catch the ball."
Lewis warns the Argos to not leave him in single coverage during Saturday's meeting at McMahon Stadium (5 p.m., TSN), but Argos head coach Scott Milanovich admits they can't double-cover him every play.
The fact he was given extra attention in Toronto made Isaac's blather a bit puzzling to Lewis.
"When 80% of the game you are going to double-team me or play zone and put two guys in my area, to talk trash is redundant," Lewis said.
"If you are going to stop me man-to-man, then go ahead and talk trash. It's like Michael Jordan playing five of us. We score some points, and we feel great, so we talk about it.
"Is it valid to talk trash when you can't guard anyone man-to-man? Your coach doesn't even trust you to guard me man-to-man. He did it once, and you got beat for a touchdown."
Isaac just laughs when told Lewis said he can't cover him man-to-man, as he tried to on the TD.
"Of course, he will say that when he's getting doubled," Isaac said. "He caught one ball on me. It was a touchdown. I was jamming him. It was the only opportunity to catch the ball. He can say what he wants, but the film shows."
Certainly, Isaac had a decent first outing against his former team.
Coming on a blitz, he ran over quarterback Kevin Glenn, knocking the ball loose and recovering the fumble. The Argos converted that turnover for a touchdown.
As Lewis' teammate, Isaac witnessed him deliver devastating blows to opposing defenders.
Last week, the burly slotback creamed Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive end Greg Peach, changing the momentum of the game.
"It doesn't fear me," Isaac said. "If it happens once, I can come back and get the next one. It's a continued fight. It's not over because you make one play. One play doesn't make the whole game.
"It's always a fun battle," Isaac added. "He will give his best, and I will give him mine."
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