This is the third time this season the Stampeders have played back to back games. Earlier this year, they played the B.C. Lions twice in a row, then the Saskatchewan Roughriders and now the annual back to back game tilt against the Edmonton Eskimos.
People have asked me many times, as a player did I like back to back games and the “short week” or quick turnaround. I have always said, yes! Here’s why- First, CFL players get paid after each game. So, the short turnaround time means you get another pay cheque right away. Players always like that! Second,I always liked the fact that I did not have to start from scratch in my game preparation. I was a huge “watcher of film” in my playing days. I had my routine down as to how I prepared for a game. I studied offences, receivers and my opponent for many hours to pick up on tendencies, etc. However, no matter how much you study film, the best way to really get familiar with your opponent is to play your opponent. I savoured taking immediate action on what I just learned in a game to use it right away in the next game.
Many have also wondered which team has the advantage in the second game of a back to back series, the winner of the first game or the loser of the first game. I have always said the loser of the first game. As a player on the losing team of the first game, you have to watch the prior game film every day, over and over as you prepare for the second game Thus, you have to watch your mistakes, over and over and over and over. As the loser of the first game, the coaches are not in a good mood, less patient, and often, not fun to practice for. As the loser of the first game, you have a bad taste in your mouth about the prior game and the only way to get that bad taste out of your mouth is to wash it out with a win.
Let’s hope the Stampeders are not mouthwash for the Edmonton Eskimos but a batch of garlic to leave another rotten taste behind for the Eskimos.
Go Stamps Go. Greg Peterson