The 13th Man one Rough show for Armstead
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
|Calgary Stampeders' Jason Armstead (L) is tackled by Edmonton Eskimos' Simoni Lawrence during the second half of their CFL football game in Calgary, Alberta, September 28, 2012. (REUTERS)
CALGARY - Jason Armstead had the best view of what unfolded in the infamous 13th man play.
Armstead, a Calgary Stampeders receiver, was the kick returner in the endzone for the Saskatchewan Roughriders during what should have been the final play of the 2009 Grey Cup, especially when Montreal Alouettes kicker Damon Duval missed a 43-yard field goal for the win.
“I wish I could have stepped out of the endzone or never went onto the field,” Armstead recalled Tuesday.
“You have all those thoughts in your head. It just wasn’t meant to be.”
He and the rest of Rider Nation re-lived the game, which the Alouettes won when Duval kicked the second attempt after the Riders were called for too many men, when the first part of the TSN series Engraved on a Nation was broadcast Monday night.
“It was bitter-sweet watching it. The emotions flew a bit,” Armstead said.
“It was good to see the fans, they still roll with the team, and that’s good to know. For a while, a lot of people thought it was me who was the extra guy.”
Defensive back Tad Kornegay went back and forth with watching the documentary, which was as much about Rider Nation as the 2009 game.
“When it first came on,
I turned if off because they started with the field goal. I said, ‘I can’t watch this.’ ” Kornegay said.
“I heard it was a good documentary so I turned it back on. As soon as they showed the game again, I had to turn it off.
“I played in it, felt it.”
Among those who didn’t practice Tuesday were SB Nik Lewis and RB Jon Cornish, which GM/head coach John Hufnagel said was simply maintenance days. They’re expected to play Saturday in Winnipeg, as is LB Juwan Simpson, who’s nursing an ankle injury ... The team received some good news in that DB Quincey Butler, who’s been out since suffering a knee injury in practice Aug. 23, was taking first-team reps. “I pushed myself hard to get back mentally and conditioning-wise,” said Butler, who has three interceptions this season. “We’ll see how it feel (Wednesday). If it feels good, we’ll come out and do the same thing.” ... The Stamps added four players to their practice roster Tuesday, QB Darron Thomas, receiver Marcus Rivers, LB Alvin Bowen and DB Jeremy Caldwell.