September 7, 2012
Tough assignment for Stamps' Raymond
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - Instead of getting burned again, the Calgary Stampeders are hoping Keon can key on the target.
With another secondary shuffle due to injury, the plum assignment of matching up with Edmonton Eskimos leading receiver Fred Stamps goes to Keon Raymond.
It makes sense. Raymond is the team's most versatile defensive back, and the Stamps are hoping to avoid another outing where Stamps beats them.
"He's made some big plays," Raymond said about Stamps, who had a key 53-yard reception and a 35-yard touchdown during Monday's 31-30 Calgary victory.
"I look forward to it. I like going against him. He's a guy who makes you play your best."
This is the fourth player the Stamps will have lined up at short-side halfback after Brandon Smith (shoulder), Quincy Butler (knee) and now Jamar Wall (oblique) have all gone down with injuries.
With Raymond moving over to cover for Wall, who could miss a few weeks, first-year defensive back Derrius Brooks makes his first start at cornerback.
"I told him that, if you have a chance to make a play, then make it," Raymond said. "If you don't know what you are doing, at least do it full speed. We will figure the rest out later."
Dales done for season
Burke Dales admits now he probably should have stayed in the locker-room after limping off the field.
Had the opponent been anyone else, and it wasn't Labour Day back in Calgary, the Edmonton Eskimos punter would have packed it in after suffering a lisfranc injury in his left foot when getting tackled on a bad snap.
Instead, the former Stampeder taped it back up, went out and did further damage. On Thursday, the Eskimos put Dales on the nine-game injured list, effectively ending his regular season, although he feels he should be ready in a month.
"Emotions were running high," Dales said. "I wanted to get that win."
With Dales done, the Eskimos are expected to let kicker Grant Shaw do all three jobs, but Derek Schiavone is on the active roster and could play Friday against the Stamps.
Tsoumpas recalls Commonwealth fun
If Dimitri Tsoumpas ever gets trash-talked by fans at Commonwealth Stadium, he can't really be upset about it. At one point, he was the one in the stands yelling things at the Stampeders -- his hated rivals.
When the Stampeders left guard arrived at Commonwealth Thursday afternoon, he could still pick out his old seat. He would get close to the field to shout at the enemy. Former linemate Jeff Pilon was one of his particular favourites.
"I remember being down there as close as I could," Tsoumpas said. "I remember shouting at Pilon, calling him a pylon and saying guys go around him.
"I told him the story once and he said it was messed up."
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