Not much left for Nik to say

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

CALGARY -- Nik Lewis was not talking much, which is surprising, considering you could not get the Calgary Stampeders receiver to stop talking leading up to the Western semifinal.

The outspoken slotback who called himself the "T.O. (Terrell Owens) of the CFL" was not a factor in the Calgary Stampeders' loss yesterday.

Lewis caught just two passes for 28 yards in the loss.

"Anybody who seen the game knows what happened," said Lewis. "That is all there is to it, you can't turn the ball over against a team like that.

"We lost, that's all there is to it, we lost," Lewis said. "Nobody stopped us but ourselves. We stopped us."

The previous week, Lewis had a big day against the Eskimos in general and defensive back Shannon Garrett in particular, with eight catches for 145-yards and a touchdown.

Yesterday, the two went at each other all game with Garrett getting the last laugh.

"Ask Nik if he's going to B.C. - I am," said Garrett about next week's Western final.

"For any man in life, you have to deal with humbling experiences, especially on a team basis," said Stamps quarterback Henry Burris. "We're not a brash team, we're a confident team, just as Edmonton is.

"Nik will learn from this, just as all of the guys will."

Tom Higgins, who asked Lewis to tone down his act last week, did not believe his receiver's comments in the local papers gave the Esks extra motivation.

"At this time of year you don't need any type of motivation," said Higgins. "Sometimes there are some tough lessons in life. This is one of them, that's why you play this fun game."


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