CALGARY — They might have won their last meeting, but the Edmonton Eskimos still have to work on convincing the Calgary Stampeders they’re a worthy rival.
While the Battle of Alberta has been decidedly lop-sided in Calgary’s favour over the past two years, the 2011 Labour Day Classic will decide first place in the West.
“Rivalry?” Nik Lewis asked members of Calgary’s media Sunday at McMahon Stadium. “They win one game and you all talk about a rivalry?
“Saskatchewan beats us in the playoffs. Edmonton? We ain’t talking about no rivalry.”
When fellow receiver Ken-Yon Rambo was asked if he agreed, he shrugged and said: “Nik got it. He said it.”
True, Calgary has won four of the last five Labour Day games, but they are only 4-3 since Lewis joined the league while Edmonton won four of the five before that.
It doesn’t seem to matter to the outspoken Lewis, either, that his Roughriders rivals have won just two games, while the back-to-back Battle of Alberta series will decide first place in the West.
But that doesn’t stop him from getting a head start on the Labour Day Classic by running his mouth a little.
“Put the pressure on me,” Lewis told Rambo. “I’ve got it.”