Alouettes DB says he'll zip it against Stamps

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:10 AM ET

CALGARY - Business, then banter.

Montreal Alouettes defensive back Dwight Anderson sauntered into a media scrum at a downtown hotel, anxious to discuss his first visit to McMahon Stadium since skipping town as a free-agent last winter.

And after that?

“I’m going to make my way over to (Ken-Yon) Rambo’s house in a little bit,” Anderson grinned. “Go mess with him a little bit.”

His former Calgary Stampeders teammates wouldn’t expect anything less.

In three campaigns at McMahon Stadium, Anderson established a reputation as one of the CFL’s most relentless trash-talkers, although he seems a bit conflicted about whether he’ll be running his mouth during Saturday’s matinee showdown with the Stamps.

At one point in Friday’s media availability, Anderson told reporters he’d “wake the stadium back up.” Later, he joked that he might wear a “mouthpiece” to stop himself from flapping his gums.

It’s not unusual to hear Anderson’s name and the term “mouthpiece” in the same sentence, and his former Stamps teammates seem pretty certain the 30-year-old cornerback-turned-halfback can’t be muzzled.

During his tenure with the Stamps, Anderson talked to opponents. He talked to fans. He talked to officials, occasionally earning a flag for his troubles.

“When it’s Dwight, you don’t pay too much attention. You could score a 100-yard touchdown and he’s still going to talk,” said Stamps slotback Nik Lewis. “He’s going to talk, no matter what happens.

I don’t pay too much attention to it. Other people are affected by it because they don’t really know him. I know Dwight, and he talks all the time.”

On Friday afternoon, Anderson insisted he’d “probably let (Lewis) win the battle of the mouth.”

And the battle for two points in the standings? That’s not something Anderson is willing to give up without a fight.

For the past several seasons, every matchup between the Stamps and Alouettes has been billed as a possible Grey Cup preview.

The biggest difference this time is that No. 33 will be patrolling the defensive secondary for the boys in blue.

“It’s always difficult when you play against friends,” Anderson said. “People want to know how hard you’re going to play, if you’re gonna go easy, if you’re still going to be aggressive on the receivers.

“And the answer is yeah.

“I don’t expect Nik to come out and not block me like how he normally blocks everybody else, so I’m prepared for that. I’m not expecting Rambo is going to come out there and slack on his routes.

“I know those guys are going to try and win and make me look bad, so I’ve gotta hold my own so that doesn’t happen.”


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