Calgary Stampeders have put Grey Cup loss behind them

Stampeders Stanley Bryant and Edwin Harrison bury their heads in their hands after losing last...

Stampeders Stanley Bryant and Edwin Harrison bury their heads in their hands after losing last year's Grey Cup to the host Argos in Toronto. The Stamps are back at the scene of the crime. Dave Abel/QMI Agency

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:56 AM ET

In the football world, nine months is an eternity.

So, 272 days since the Toronto Argonauts defended Rogers Centre turf in a 35-22 Grey Cup win, the banged-up Calgary Stampeders are back at the so-called centre of the universe.

And to a man, the Nov. 25 tilt for the right to become the 100th team to hoist the coveted three-down mug is a thing of the past.

“I’m glad we changed hotels, I’ll tell you that,” said Stamps veteran Keon Raymond, surveying the scene at the historic Royal York hotel instead of the InterContinental Toronto Centre that the Red & White called home for Grey Cup week last year.

“But, you know what, man? It’s a new year and it’s a new game. I think the biggest thing for us is to make sure we keep pace in this tight race in the West. We need to make sure we do what we can do to control our destiny, and that’s come out and play hard. Other than that, they’ve had our number the last couple of times — they’re a good football team —


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