Stamps set to square off against former teammates
McCune, Washington headline list of former Horsemen
There will be times on Sunday afternoon when the 100th Grey Cup game will seem more like a Calgary Stampeders intrasquad scrimmage.
No less than 11 Argo players (including injured and practice-roster members), two coaches as well as the general manager have been employed at one time or another by the Stampeders.
All of them departed, all of them landed in Toronto, and all of them for one reason or another would love to win the Grey Cup at their former team’s expense.
“I think it was supposed to be like this, the way things worked out this year,” said Stamps, oops, Argos linebacker Robert (Hammer) McCune, who was a training-camp cut of the Stamps in June. “I was coming into Calgary this year to be the starting middle linebacker and things didn’t work out that way, but I ended up coming to Toronto with Coach (Chris) Jones and everything worked out, had a great year. It can’t be any better than playing the team where it all started.”
Other ex-Stamps (either as active players, training-camp attendees or practice-roster players) include receiver Ken-Yon Rambo, defensive backs Ahmad Carroll and Johnnie Dixon, linebackers Brandon Isaac, Ejiro Kuale and Tristan Black, offensive linemen Tony Washington and Gerald Cadogan, running back Chad Kackert and special-teamer Walter Spencer.
Head coach Scott Milanovich briefly played and coached with the Stamps, Argos defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones had the same job in Calgary for four years and Argos GM Jim Barker formerly coached and headed up the player personnel department with the Stamps.
“There’s no hard feelings,” insisted Washington, who was among the Stamps’ final training camp cuts this year. “It’s business. I got the opportunity to come here, I’m in the Grey Cup. It’s nothing like I want to get back at them; it’s just fun to play against some of the guys I played with last year.
“Yes, it is (fitting). Honestly, it didn’t matter who we played, but I kind of wanted Calgary to win because that would be a sweet victory — not only to win the 100th Grey Cup but to beat up on some guys that I have great relationships with.”
The Argos were flying home to Toronto after the East final when the Stamps were playing the B.C. Lions in the West final, but McCune had an inkling he’d be seeing his former team on Sunday.
“When they beat Saskatchewan, I kind of knew they would be the team that went to the Grey Cup,” he said. “I was hoping Calgary got here; it’ll be great to see them in the Grey Cup, and I think it’s going to be a great game.”
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