Cornish believes disappointed Stamps can learn from defeat

 

Young squad is now battle tested at the highest level

 
 
 
 
Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was bottled up for most of the evening in Toronto.
 

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was bottled up for most of the evening in Toronto.

Photograph by: Colleen DeNeve

TORONTO

Never one to mince words, post-game Jon Cornish nailed it:

“When you get to the championship, you have to play championship level football.

“We weren’t at their level tonight.”

Not even close.

But, as the autopsy crew sifts through the debris field of Sunday’s 35-22 Grey Cup loss, Cornish advises that once the initial searing pain of disappointment is past, a broader analysis of the Calgary Stampeders’ 2012 season won’t yield such gloomy findings.

“You guys know by now that I’m a pretty level-headed guy,” said the star tailback, held to 57 yards by an inspired Toronto Argonaut defence. “We were the No. 2 team in the league. I know all people will be saying now is ‘Ah, they lost ...’ Hey, we’re still the No. 2 team in the league.

“I think a lot of people will be hanging their heads. Sure, everybody wants to win. But we’ve sort of re-defined what the West is. Who the top dog in the West is. And we understand who we are a little bit better now. We had 72 or 74 players play this year, and for that I think we are a better team.”

Cornish admitted that perhaps the enormity of the moment got to the Stamps just a bit.

“We’re a young team. And it may be that we just didn’t know what we needed to do. When you haven’t played in a championship before, maybe you don’t know what’s necessary.

“Now we do.”

gjohnson@calgaryherald.com

 
 
 
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Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was bottled up for most of the evening in Toronto.
 

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was bottled up for most of the evening in Toronto.

Photograph by: Colleen DeNeve

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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