HAMILTON, ONT. – Make no mistake, the Calgary Stampeders are pleased with the actual fact they haven’t misplaced two significant video games in a row since 2012.
It’s a borderline absurd accomplishment, and sure, they misplaced three in a row on the finish of final season, however these all got here after the Stamps had already wrapped up first place within the West Division – they weren’t totally meaningless, however let’s be actual, they have been principally meaningless.
For brand spanking new gamers on the staff, it’s one thing you study to care about from basically the day you arrive at McMahon Stadium.
“Ever since I’ve been right here, that’s one thing everybody’s preached, and never simply the coaches, that we don’t lose two in a row,” mentioned Stamps DB Emanuel Davis, who signed with the staff in free company this low season. “I believe that simply reveals the kind of guys we’ve within the locker-room, to at all times be resilient it doesn’t matter what occurred the week earlier than.”
If the Stamps are going to maintain their run alive – and once more, final 12 months’s season-ending losses imply it’s not technically alive – they’re going to have to beat a large take a look at on Saturday towards the surging Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2 p.m., TSN, NewsTalk770).
The Stamps (9-2) misplaced a decent, thrilling contest to the Edmonton Eskimos final weekend and are dealing with a Ticats (6-5) staff that would declare sole possession of first-place within the East Division if issues go their manner this weekend.
For the Stamps, protecting their streak of not shedding twice in a row alive is a complete lot much less necessary than sustaining their lead over the Saskatchewan Roughriders atop the West Division.
“What I’ve at all times mentioned is how deep are your lows, and may you carry your highs longer?” mentioned Stamps head coach Dave Dickenson. “As you’ll be able to see with the rosters and who’s scorching and who’s not and who you’re dealing with at what time of the season, the chances of you not having a two-game shedding streak are fairly low. We’ve been in a position to keep away from that.
“If you find yourself not staying on a shedding streak for some time, you get a greater feeling in your locker-room.”
Within the eyes of Stamps QB Bo Levi Mitchell, the key to not shedding two in a row isn’t something significantly out-of-this-world.
The Stamps know individuals are going to begin over-analyzing each little factor after they do lose a sport, they usually make sure that the fellows within the locker-room don’t overreact to the inevitable losses after they do come.
“I believe it’s the truth that we don’t care about whether or not individuals begin to ask questions,” Mitchell mentioned. “If we lose a sport individuals begin asking, ‘what’s it that induced the Calgary Stampeders to lose this soccer sport and what might probably make them shedding?’ and we simply go about our enterprise the identical manner.
“I do know it’s boring, however it’s true. We go about our enterprise each single week, regardless of who’s on the roster … The largest half is shedding at all times locks you again in.”
Whereas the Stampeders would clearly like to be 11-Zero, it’s value questioning whether or not the losses they’ve taken up to now would possibly truly be a very good factor.
You possibly can’t bounce again until you’ve obtained one thing to bounce again from, and the Stamps have an opportunity to learn to be resilient earlier than the video games begin to matter much more later this 12 months.
“No one’s excellent, you already know, I dwell by the saying that ‘you don’t wish to observe a king with no scars,’ so when you’ve got an individual up there preaching they usually haven’t went by way of something, it’s type of onerous to observe that particular person,” Davis mentioned. “Should you’ve obtained a staff that’s been battle-tested and has weathered the storm, I really feel like transferring on to the subsequent week is less complicated.”