CALGARY - George Hopkins can add more thing to his to-do list for Sunday’s pre-game preparations in Vancouver.
Along with making sure all Calgary Stampeders players have properly fitted helmets and shoulder pads, the longtime equipment manager now must check Jon Cornish’s pants.
“If they come down this week, it’s my fault,” said Hopkins.
“I always said, when I first started, that these guys were good education for having kids. Now, my kids are good education for these guys.”
Twice this season, the Stampeders star running back has been caught with his pants down, coincidentally both times against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
There was also the time he pulled them down himself on purpose, also in Regina, but that’s another story.
During Sunday’s West semifinal, Riders linebacker Diamond Ferri dragged Cornish’s pants all the way down, exposing his bare bottom again.
Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel has seen enough, and asked Hopkins to remedy the situation.
Part of the problem stems from how Cornish wears his pants.
“He wears them low,” Hopkins said. “He wears them right at the top of his hips and always has. They certainly had a lot of help coming off. It didn’t happen on their own, there is no question about that.
“He doesn’t like things tight. In Jon’s first year, I gave him a normal pair of pants. He took the belt out and rolled them down twice to get there where he wanted them. Now, we make pants with no belts in them. It’s a baseball cut, so they sit a lot lower. Jon wears it lower than normal.”
The sixth-year Stampeders running back admits he wants to run more free, and therefore doesn’t want his pants tight.
He will have to adapt for Sunday’s West final in Vancouver, though, and Hopkins will cinch him up.
“I don’t like belts, because I don’t like constriction,” Cornish said. “I’ve had an elastic band in my jersey that’s no good. The way we’re going to remedy it is I’m not going to tie up my own pants anymore.
“We’re going to have somebody else do it.”
Last year, Cornish lost his helmet a few times in what became an constant problem for a lot of Stampeders.
In fact, the league changed the rules this year to say, if a player with the ball loses his lid, the play is blown dead. If a player without the ball has his helmet come off, then he would have to stop playing or get dinged with illegal participation.
Time will tell if Cornish’s pants problems lead to any other changes. Cornish says he can’t help it.
“It’s more that I’m a naturally slippery person,” Cornish said. “My muscles contract and stuff comes off. You see my socks fly off. I’ve had shoes come off in games.
“My helmet comes off, too. We’ve strapped it down. I’m a naturally slippery person. I’m good at running because of that.”
Although there is video evidence and photos circulating of his bare behind, Cornish doesn’t mind. He simply doesn’t find the situation too troublesome.
“Other people might have embarrassing things about their bodies and try to extend that embarrassment to others,” Cornish said. “I’ve never been embarrassed by my body. I don’t think anybody should be.”