Stamps thinkin' Al-loud

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

MONTREAL -- There is one French phrase the Calgary Stampeders are glad they won't hear Sunday.

Faites du bruit. (Make some noise).

The problem is the Montreal Alouettes fans won't need much probing to yell, scream and shout during the Grey Cup at Olympic Stadium.

Because this is the championship game and technically neutral site, the home side won't be able to play 'faite du bruit, make some noise' over and over again the way they do at Molson Stadium.

"Nice. As far as hyping the noise, at least there is a level playing field," said Stamps quarterback Henry Burris. "They will find some way to get the fans going when their defence is on the field.

"We have to be ready for all those scenarios. The best way to control the crowd is through play. Hopefully, we can do that early by scoring.

"We practice that scenario, so when it occurs it's much easier."

In the their first workout yesterday at the Big Owe, the Stamps cranked up the sound system to 11. While onlookers were covering their ears, the players went about their business using hand signals.

"Even with the crowd noise we have we think it's going to be louder than that," said receiver Jeremaine Copeland.

Star receiver banged up

The Montreal Alouettes got a bit of a scare yesterday when all-star receiver Kerry Watkins stayed down after making a catch during practice.

Watkins was getting worked on by trainers and was clutching his ribs after colliding with cornerback Mark Estelle.

The Alouettes said the injury isn't serious and Watkins should be ready for the Grey Cup, despite not finishing practice yesterday.

Stamps cornerback Brandon Browner also took it easy. He was in uniform but didn't do much during the late session because of a lingering ankle sprain.

Browner said he will "definitely" play in the Cup, but Keon Raymond and Milton Collins took turns at his spot yesterday.

PLAYERS WEIGH IN

The CFL Players' Association announced its all-stars yesterday.

In a vote of players, Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo won out over Stamps pivot Henry Burris, but the Stamps placed four members on the team.

Linebacker JoJuan Armour joined receiver Ken-Yon Rambo, kicker Sandro DeAngelis and cornerback Brandon Browner on the CFLPA team.

The Alouettes placed seven on the team, including newcomers Marc Trestman (head coach) and defensive tackle Keron Williams. They joined guard Scott Flory, punter Damon Duval and receivers Jamel Richardson and Kerry Watkins.


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