Fred Stamps says RedBlacks aren't an expansion team

Fred Stamps says the RedBlacks have too many veterans and a future Hall of Fame quarterback to be...

Fred Stamps says the RedBlacks have too many veterans and a future Hall of Fame quarterback to be considered an expansion team. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:02 PM ET

It’s been a long time since the Edmonton Eskimos hosted an expansion CFL team at Commonwealth Stadium.

The last time it happened was when they beat the visiting Ottawa Renegades in their franchise year by a score of 40-24 on July 4, 2002.

And history will have a chance of repeating itself when the brand new Ottawa RedBlacks make their first visit appearance in Edmonton on Friday (8 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED).

“I’ve never played an expansion team,” said Fred Stamps, the most veteran player in the dressing room, along with fellow eight-year teammate Calvin McCarty.

And the same goes for the rest of the Eskimos roster, including centre Brian Ramsay, who is the eldest statesman at age 34.

Then again, it’s not like the RedBlacks roster is full of raw recruits. You only have to look as far as 39-year-old starting quarterback Henry Burris, who seems to have an innate ability to perform well in Commonwealth regardless of what team he’s with.


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