June 23, 2023

7 Things – RIDERS @ STAMPS


  1. Us: (1-1)

The Stamps picked up their first win of the season last Thursday when they beat the Redblacks 26-15 in Ottawa. The defence stood strong as defensive back Branden Dozier scored on a fumble return and middle linebacker Micah Awe added a forced fumble, interception and a sack. Quarterback Jake Maier threw for more than 300 yards and running back Dedrick Mills, who’s filling in for an injured Ka’Deem Carey, had 102 on the ground.

  1. Them: Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-1)

The Riders were in tough against Winnipeg last week. They held tight until giving up a long punt-return touchdown in the final frame and eventually fell to the Bombers 45-27. Receiver Samuel Emilus scored the first three touchdowns of his CFL career for the Riders in the loss.

  1. Come Early

The Calgary Stampeders’ popular Fanfest event will be held on Saturday prior to the Red and White’s CFL matchup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

For a two-hour period from 3-5 p.m. before kickoff, fans can enjoy themselves at the Gridiron Gardens on the practice field located immediately south of McMahon Stadium for games, food, pictures with the Grey Cup and so much more!

Fanfest is FREE and a game ticket is not required to attend. The event was originally slated for May 22 prior to the Stamps’ pre-season game against the Edmonton Elks but was rescheduled for precautionary reasons because of concerns about air quality related to wildfire smoke.

Early arrivals to the Gridiron Gardens will receive the first poster of the 2023 Calgary Stampeders Position Group Poster Series.  Saturday’s game will feature the receivers, with each of the remaining Stampeders regular-season home games featuring a different limited-edition position-group poster.


  1. Fast Facts:

The Stamps have won six of seven regular-season matchups with the Roughriders since the start of the 2019 campaign including a sweep of the two-game series a season ago – a 32-21 win in Regina followed by a 36-10 victory at McMahon over the final two weeks of the 2022 schedule.

Thanks to our Director of Communications Jean Lefebvre for handing off these facts!

  1. Who’s Where

  1. Players to Watch

Stamps: Rene Paredes K: Veteran kicker Rene Paredes is just two field goals away from becoming the 8th player in CFL history to reach 500 in his career.

Roughriders:  Shawn Bane Jr. WR: The former Stampeder is off to a great start with the Green and White. Bane is fifth in the CFL in receiving yards with 168 through two weeks.

  1. Quotable:

“The main thing is having good habits. We had a lot of hits on the QB last week, a lot of pressures and we have to keep building from that. We want to be the best d-line that we can be. There are a lot of expectations but expectations are a good thing. It wouldn’t be nice if no one expected anything from us.”