Tuesday, November 13, 2012
LEWIS ACCUSES GEORGE
So the burly Stampeders slotback immediately got in Tearrius George's face after the Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end put his helmet into the head of Calgary's quarterback, Drew Tate.
Only those two former teammates -- and maybe one of the officials who was nearby -- know what was said, but Lewis had good reason to complain.
The huge hit left Tate with no memory of the first half of what turned out to be a 36-30 Stampeders win in the West semifinal at McMahon Stadium.
"When you hit somebody late and then get up and yell, 'Get him out of here,' that shows intent to hurt," Lewis said.
"When you have players intentionally trying to hurt somebody, there is no room for that. We're out there to do a job.
"I don't expect him to play us less (tough) because he knows us (from being a member of the Stamps in 2007, 2009-10). At the same time, why be dirty?"
Lewis figured the Riders defence was trying to take Tate out of the game. It's a realistic strategy considering that Tate missed most of the season with a dislocated left shoulder that required surgery.
At no time does Lewis want to see any stars injured, on either side of the ball. He still feels terrible about players he's injured in the past.
"I want to beat the best players," Lewis said. "If Weston Dressler gets hurt, I say 'no.' I want their best players on the field. Next week in B.C., I want all their best players on the field. I want to beat the best to be the best."
(Courtesy Calgary Sun/Ian Busby)