Cory Hathaway's heart belonged to the Stampeders as a kid growing up in the southern Alberta city of Lethbridge.
But now that he's a pro and playing for the Renegades, the rookie no longer has an affinity for the Stampeder red and white.
So even though the Renegades are facing the Stampeders tomorrow, for Hathaway, it's just another game.
"As far as my outlook on this game goes, it's no different than any other," said the 6-foot-3, 230-lb. fullback.
"We're playing at home, which is a little bit more exciting. But as far as having a pre-conceived idea of wanting to beat other teams more than others, I really don't have any."
He has earned praise from Renegades coaches since he arrived at training camp in May, and has worked well as a blocking back in his first three pro games.
"Every week for me is kind of a cool experience, growing up watching the CFL and wanting to play," he said. "It's a totally different world from watching the games on Friday night or Saturday night."
Hathaway scored his first touchdown in Ottawa's last home game on Canada Day against the Montreal Alouettes, when he recovered a fumble by Kerry Joseph in the end zone.
It wasn't the glorious kind of touchdown he had envisioned scoring for his first CFL major.
"It's not real impressive, but it's a touchdown either way. In the big picture, I guess everybody hopes for something a little more special, but I'll take it when it comes," he said.
"Being a rookie, just being in that situation at all is pretty cool for me."
GRID BITS: Ottawa OL Samir Chahine is taking a few days off to contemplate his future, and will likely retire ... DB Greg Moss has been added to the active roster, while import DB Leonard Myers has been added to the inactive list.