There was a point during their practice on Thursday where the Calgary Stampeders seemed to be running around in circles in groups of three and then chasing after a medicine ball.
This is not normal behaviour for the CFL’s West Division champions.
But for a team that doesn’t know whether it will be playing against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers or Saskatchewan Roughriders when they host the West Division Final on Nov. 18, they’ve got time to focus on stuff that your average reporter isn’t going to understand.
“We take it back to training camp, we just compete,” said Stamps head coach Dave Dickenson. “We don’t try to go against cards or anything about the other team’s looks, we just do what we do and try to get better at what we do.
“The thing that’s important is we have to make sure we get back to the basics, make sure we’re fundamentally sound. We understand that those are the things that sometimes wins and loses games.”
The Stampeders players and coaches are hard at work in the film room, studying their potential opponent and developing gameplans.
But part of the reward of clinching first place in the West Division and getting a bye during the first week of the playoffs is they get to have a couple days to get back to the basics.
And that’s exactly what they’re going to do until Sunday, when they find out who they’re facing in the West Final.
“It’s just the base fundamentals,” said Stamps defensive co-ordinator DeVone Claybrooks. “Getting back to our base calls that we know no matter what team we play, we’re going to call, and just trying to execute them at a high level and fire around and play fast.”
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