September 3, 2023

7 Things – Elks @ Stamps


1. Us: (3-8)

The Stamps have dropped three-straight games after falling 39-31 to the Argonauts in Toronto last weekend. They get a chance to right the ship Monday as they battle the Elks in the 57th Annual Labour Day Classic.

2. Them: Edmonton Elks (2-9)

The Elks have found a spark recently and that spark goes by the name of Tre Ford. Edmonton has won two-straight games with Ford under centre and suddenly find themselves sniffing around the playoff picture.


3. Winning On Labour Day

Since 1982 – and for all but two seasons since 1969 – the Stampeders have faced their provincial rivals at McMahon Stadium on the first Monday of September.

Calgary and Edmonton have played 56 times on Labour Day since 1959 and the Stamps lead the series 29-26-1. Including games against other opponents, a total of 66 Labour Day games have been played in Calgary over the years, with the Stamps posting a 39-26-1 record.

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

4. Military Appreciation

Continuing a tradition started in 2015, the Calgary Stampeders will be holding Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Day at Monday’s Labour Day Classic at McMahon Stadium.

There will be acknowledgements of the Canadian Armed Forces before, during and after the Red and White’s annual grudge match against the Edmonton Elks as more than 300 members of the CAF will be special guests of the Stampeders. Kickoff for the contest is 5 p.m. MDT.

The game will be preceded by a CF-18 Hornet flyover, a ceremonial flag party involving CAF members and the performance of the national anthem by a trio from the Royal Canadian Air Force Band.

5. Who’s Where

6. Players to Watch

Stamps: REC Reggie Begelton: The Bagel Man proved again to be Mr. Reliable for QB Jake Maier. He recorded 203 receiving yards and two touchdowns in last Friday’s tilt against the Argos, which moved him up to second in the CFL in receiving with 814.

Elks: QB Tre Ford: Tre Ford was just named the PFF CFL player of the month for August, sporting a 2-1 record as a starter. He threw for 317-yards and one-touchdown last week against Ottawa, snapping the Elks 1400-plus day streak without a home win.

7. Quotable:

“It’s Labour Day. We have to defend our home, defend Alberta, and when those jets go over, it’s time to get cracking.” DB Jonathan Moxey on the Battle of Alberta this Labour Day Weekend.