Strange things happen in Labour Day game

Calgary Stampeders offensive coordinator Dave Dickenson has some words with his unit (Mike Cassese,...

Calgary Stampeders offensive coordinator Dave Dickenson has some words with his unit (Mike Cassese, Reuters).

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:37 AM ET

Maybe the focus on the 53rd renewal of the Labour Day Classic is all wrong.

Maybe instead of it being the 6-2 Calgary Stampeders vs the 1-7 Edmonton Eskimos – a Calgary team which won five of their last six games vs an Edmonton team on a six-game losing streak – it should be on something which has managed to get lost in all of that.

Maybe instead of the focus being on Calgary winning all four games against Edmonton last year and the Stampeders being 14-4 and the Eskimos 3-15 in the Labour Day to Labour Day standning, it should be on the Stampeders Labour pains.

Calgary hasn’t played well in recent Labour Day outings.

People forget that. Or ignore that. But it’s true. And there’s hope in there somewhere for the Eskimos.

“I’ve been back here since 2008, and although we’ve had some wins, our games on Labour Day have been as poorly as we’ve played all year,” said former Stampeder quarterback, now offensive coordinator Dave Dickenson.


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