Alouettes don't plan to dwell on memories

IAN BUSBY, CQMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:17 PM ET

Avon Cobourne spent the final day of 2009 partying with the Grey Cup, taking it to a few Montreal hotspots.

On New Year’s Day, it was like he moved forward on a new challenge.

Despite finally getting to the top of the mountain last year and winning their first Grey Cup since 2002, the Montreal Alouettes put it all in the past.

There is no time to dwell on the success. It’s all about moving forward.

The motto for 2009 was ‘Win The Day.’ They changed the tagline this year to ‘This Is It.’

“In this football business, it’s what have you done for me lately,” said Cobourne, who was the Grey Cup MVP and had his day with the trophy on New Year’s Eve.

“The ‘This Is It’ motto that (head coach Marc) Trestman brought this year is fitting for this profession.

“You have to play every play like it’s your last. There are no guaranteed contracts. It reinforces the business we are in.”

So when the Als showed up at their hotel to meet the Calgary media Thursday, they preferred to talk about Friday’s meeting with the Stampeders rather than their November win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“The city doesn’t look the same,” said linebacker Chip Cox. “It will be different when hit the stadium. We’re different. A lot of the same people but a different team. We get everybody’s best. For us to play like we did last year, it doesn’t make sense. We have to come at it a totally different way.

“We were going after it last year, but this year we’re trying to defend something. You can’t be satisfied. When you get complacent, it will bite you in the butt.”

When the Alouettes last exited the visitors locker-room at McMahon Stadium, they left it a complete mess in a haze of cigar smoke thanks to their enormous party. The facility has been cleaned and fumigated, plus the temporary end-zone seating and all the Grey Cup signage is gone.

To a man, the Alouettes players said they wouldn’t even be trying to get the same lockers as last year, and they are at a different hotel for this visit.

“The win won’t have any bearing on the game (Friday),” said receiver Ben Cahoon, who was named most outstanding Canadian in the Cup win. “It was a special time for us so hopefully those good feelings will help our psyche once the game starts.”

The Als got their Grey Cup rings a couple days before training camp started, and it seems they haven’t thought about it since.

“We haven’t talked about it and we don’t dwell on it,” Cahoon said. “It’s a good thing. If you get too high on yourself, you get complacent. We haven’t done that. We’re not happy about last year. We’re set on repeating.”


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