Lewis aims trash talk at B.C. Lions following win over Riders
Receiver more or less guarantees a win against defending champs
“I know they were all in prayer meetin’ this morning, hoping Sask won,” chirped the Calgary Stampeders’ songbird slotback as the jubilation of Sunday’s heart-palpitating 36-30 West semifinal win over Saskatchewan continued unabated. “They were probably sittin’ around singing ‘Kumbaya’ when Sask scored there at the end of the game, thinking it was over.
“They don’t want to see us. Just like Sask didn’t want to see us.
“We know it’s gonna be a helluva game. Hey, it’s not SUPPOSED to be easy. They’ve got a lot of great players. But hey, so do we.”
The reigning Grey Cup champion Leos won the regular-season series 2-1, but the Stampeders can take a measure of solace in a 41-21 drubbing they administered at McMahon Stadium in the last meeting between the teams, even if the pecking order for both had already been determined prior to kickoff.
“We’re going to have to be on the top of our game again next week,” promised quarterback Drew Tate. “We’ve got B.C. at their place and they’re going to be ready to play. I’m sure they didn’t like how they came out here last time.
“It’s gonna be a bar fight.”
With the bye week off for finishing first in the division, Travis Lulay, Andrew Harris, Keron Williams and the rest of the Lions have been healing up, lying in wait.
“They had the best record for a reason,” said rush end Charleston Hughes. “We’re enjoying our win right now, but we’re already focusing on them.
“You’ve got to respect them. I mean, look at what they’ve done. They’re great on both sides of the ball, well coached. But all we can do is go in there and meet fire with fire. We plan on giving them our best game.
“Tonight was a great win, sure, an emotional win. But it’s just one game. We need one more game to get anywhere closed to where we want to be. And if that means beating B.C., so be it.”
BC Place Stadium has been a chamber of horrors for interlopers this season. The Leos have been well nigh invincible in their own digs, going 8-1 this while outscoring the opposition 264-164.
“You might as well go through the champs,” chimed in Lewis, off on one of those vastly entertaining rolls he gets on from time to time. “We don’t back down from nobody. The best thing is, we’re gonna be underdogs. Last few games, we were the favourites. We played Winnipeg, we were supposed to win. We played Hamilton, we were supposed to win. We play B.C., ‘Ah they’re not playing for nuthin’ . . .’ so we’re supposed to win. Against Edmonton last week, we’re supposed to win.
“Tonight, we were supposed to win, too.
“Next week, for a change, we’re not supposed to win. But guess what? We will.”
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