Ultimate Stamp honoured with ... stamp

Calgary Stampeders' great Wayne Harris is honoured with his own Stamp. (QMI Agency/Handout)

Calgary Stampeders' great Wayne Harris is honoured with his own Stamp. (QMI Agency/Handout)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:04 AM ET

CALGARY - Wayne (Thumper) Harris was the ultimate Stamp, so it's a natural he's on the franchise's stamp.

But the Harris family never expected such an honour to be bestowed on the patriarch.

When Harris was a ferocious hitter at middle linebacker from 1961 to 1972, he was the ultimate team player no matter what accolades he received. Individual awards were never better than team success.

"We're dearly touched," said Wayne Harris Jr., who is a coach at the University of Calgary. "I don't think we'll ever use any of these stamps. We will keep them on the wall.

"We're really appreciative to Canada Post. I know the players are all touched by this honour. You never think about getting your image on a stamp. It's a huge honour to represent your teammates and your city.

"The artists did a tremendous job (on the stamp). The picture of Dad and depiction of 1948 are both outstanding artistry and really gratifying to see."

It was a double-honour for Harris and his family Wednesday when they officially unveiled the team's commemorative stamp for the 100th Grey Cup.

Thanks to tireless work by former University of Calgary Dinos sports information director Jack Neumann, the Dinos unveiled a scholarship endowment in Harris' name that will go towards a local linebacker joining the university team.

Cornish getting direct action

For a few years, the 'wildcat' formation was legal in the CFL. but not used much by offensive minds.

This year, the Stamps are sometimes putting the ball directly in the hands of their playmaking running back. While it's not a 'wildcat' formation as the quarterback was on the field, the Stamps snapped directly to Jon Cornish twice in the loss to the Toronto Argonauts.

"We did it a little bit in New England," Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said. "It's a way to help get (to) the edge. We've done it the last couple of games. B.C. does it the most."

Cornish said he used to take the direct snap while at Kansas, but this is the first time he's done it in the CFL. The rule was adopted in 2009, but has barely been used.

"It's a novelty," Cornish said. "We're hoping to catch the defence off-guard a little bit."

Argos pair fined

Cornish was the target of a couple of late hits in Saturday's game against the Argos, but those infractions didn't go unpunished.

Both Marcus Ball and Brandon Isaac were fined by the league Wednesday. On the first one, Cornish retaliated with a headbutt against Ball when he didn't see a flag.

The second one was more painful as Isaac hit Cornish on a crossing route as he was looking back at the quarterback.

"This is some nice news," Cornish said on Twitter about the fines.

Extra points

Both Nik Lewis and Arjei Franklin sat out Wednesday's practice due to ankle injuries, but head coach John Hufnagel was hopeful the receivers can return to the field Thursday and be ready to face the Riders Saturday. If Lewis doesn't suit up, the Stamps would activate Joe West off the practice roster. If Franklin doesn't play, it's unlikely another receiver would dress, but it would allow another Canadian to join the roster at another position "¦ The Riders signed R Aaron Hargreaves Wednesday because they have suffered another long-term injury to a starting Canadian. Jordan Sisco has a fractured wrist and was placed on the nine-game injured reserve. The Riders also lost LB Abraham Kromah to the nine-game IR with a fractured fibula.

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