Final preparations are underway at McMahon Stadium as the Calgary Stampeders get ready to host the BC Lions in the West Final on Sunday.
Head coach Dave Dickenson had some noise piped into practice on Friday, in the hopes of mimicking what the players will have to deal with, particularly on defense.
“I think our fans and our team is ready to come in here and try to make some noise for us,” Dickenson said. “There’s a lot of communication on the defensive side of the ball too, so, I felt like that was something I’ve seen hurt defenses in the past, so I thought I’d give it a shot.”
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The coach said it’s still questionable whether defensive back Jamar Wall will play in the game. Wall played in his first practice on Friday following an earlier ankle injury that he suffered at the Stamps’ season finale with Montreal.
“[He] took part in a few more drills, so it’s certainly a game-time decision. I can’t really comment yay or nay yet, but at least he’s making progress,” Dickenson said.
Dickenson also spoke to reporters about the first few minutes of a game and ‘setting a tone’.
“I don’t know, I mean, if I had a crystal ball and I knew how it was going to go. I still expect us to come out and play well right from the whistle. No excuses.”
The pre-game show on News Talk 770 will start at 1 p.m., with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m on Sunday.