He’s not exactly taking his ball and going home, but no one can blame Fred Stamps for taking his West Division all-star selection and getting the heck out of Dodge.
The Edmonton Eskimos receiver has no intention of sticking around to watch the Grey Cup or even follow any of the CFL playoffs, for that matter.
“I might not follow them this year because it’s in Edmonton and I’m kind of jealous,” said Stamps, who was named a 2010 division all-star along with teammate and long-time friend Chris Thompson on Wednesday. “I don’t want anybody sitting in my locker, being in the locker-room. It’s our locker-room, so I probably won’t follow it, I’ll probably hear about it or something like that but I’m not really worried about it.
“Nobody likes a long off-season. We’re going home early. Teams are still training, there are still games going on this weekend.”
But not for the Edmonton Eskimos, who were eliminated from playoff contention for the third time in five seasons with a 31-23 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week.
“I might leave this weekend,” said Stamps. “Just go home and be with my family, my wife and my son. Haven’t seen them in a while.
“Just enjoy the holidays.”
Thompson will also return home to New Orleans to be with his wife and their baby daughter, who was born on the bye week in August.
“Go home and do some babysitting,” said the proud parent. “My wife, she’s been off of work for a little while so when I get back and we get settled, she’s going to go back to work and I’m going to be doing a lot of babysitting.
“I can’t wait.”
As for taking another run at a Grey Cup, waiting is their only option.