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CALGARY -- The Calgary Stampeders have extra motivation to win their home opener against the B. Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys .C. Lions tonight. Not only do the Stamps want to start the 2013 CFL season with a strong showing, they also want to win for their fans who have been affected by the devastating floods in southern Alberta. The game can be seen live on TSN and TSN Mobile TV beginning at 10pm et/7pm pt. "Im ready to go out there and just give the stadium and the community something to be cheerful and happy about due to the flooding and everything with whats been going on," said Calgary kick returner/receiver Larry Taylor. "A lot of families are dealing with a lot of emotional things, being evacuated out of their places. "Hopefully we can come out here and put on a good performance on Friday night and give the fans something to take their minds away from what theyre dealing with personally." Representatives from the Canadian Red Cross will be on hand at McMahon Stadium on Friday night to collect donations for the flood relief effort. "It has been an extremely difficult week for the city of Calgary and our hearts truly go out to all the people who have been displaced and affected by the flood," said Calgary coach and general manager John Hufnagel. "This is an incredibly challenging time for so many Calgarians. This football team is looking forward to providing a little boost to our city for a few hours Friday night at McMahon Stadium. "I know the Stampeder fans are very avid fans that have been waiting for this all off-season." B.C. coach Mike Benevides offered up his condolences to those who were affected by the flooding. "I obviously want to let everybody in Calgary know that were certainly thinking about them and our thoughts and prayers are with them," Benevides said. "My hope is (Friday) night we give them three hours of distraction and an exciting game."Running back Jon Cornish said that he expects the atmosphere at McMahon to be extremely emotional leading up to the opening kickoff. "What happened here in Calgary has hurt so many peoples lives a killed people," Cornish said. "If theres one thing we can do tomorrow to help this city, its win." Cornish added that it wont be an easy task for Calgary against a tough B.C. defence, but that the Stampeders are up for the challenge. "They have a huge amount of experience back there and their defensive line is quite impressive," Cornish said. "Its always really fun for me to play against them because its a great opportunity to see where we are and how well we can deal with the best." Via his twitter account ((at)jonnycornish), Cornish stated: "So its decided, for this game I will be donating $10 a yard to the Red Cross. Lets hope BCs defense doesnt have a problem with that!" While impressed with Cornishs generous offer, Lions linebacker Adam Bighill said he and the rest of the B.C. defence will do their utmost to contain Cornish. "In a way that sucks, but in a way, weve got to get our job done too," Bighill said. "Hes a good player and a feature player for them. Youve always got to know where their weapons are and hes definitely one of them and he touches the ball a lot." Veteran receiver Nik Lewis also said that hes looking forward to seeing how the Stamps match up against B.C. "Its a great way to start the season off," Lewis said. "Its a Western Division opponent, one of the top teams since Ive been here. Its a great way for us to focus in and see what weve got early." Calgary quarterback Drew Tate, whos looking to rebound from an injury-plagued 2012 season, said he cant wait to take to the field on Friday night to play in front of a packed house. "I think were all really excited about this opportunity not only just for ourselves and our team but for the city also," Tate said. Meanwhile, the Lions will be out to avenge a 34-29 setback at home to Calgary last November in the West Final. "You do remember the last game you played and it was a bittersweet one," said B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay. "Calgary came into our place and earned that one. It just teaches you if you havent been humbled yet in sports that you earn every single win. "We found that out in playoffs the hard way. Thats sports. Youve got to come back. Youve got to have a short memory." Lulay added that the Lions will definitely have their work cut out for them against the Stamps. "We have a ton of respect in our locker room for this Calgary football team and rightfully so," Lulay said. "This is a great test for us. We just want to go out and see if all the hard work we put in at camp can be used on game day." Wholesale Nike NBA Jerseys . -- Whether Jeremy Hill deserves a prominent role in LSUs offence this early in the season is a matter for debate. Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic . John Tavares, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo were also being counted on to slow down sizzling Rangers forward Rick Nash. That plan didnt go so well early. http://www.cheapnbajerseysnike.com/ . I cant pinpoint a date, but I do remember a player from my youth. Brian Downing was with the Chicago White Sox at a time when I listened to every game I possibly could on the radio. That particular season the late great Harry Caray was calling the White Sox games. Not so Good FridayAustralias most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, has condemned the AFLs ambitions of staging a match on Good Friday, says former football operations boss Ian Collins.The AFL Commission is set to make a decision on whether to schedule a game on one of the holiest days on the religious calendar as early as next season when they meet in Brisbane on Friday.Its reported those commissioners resisting the push are now outnumbered, with a marquee match between St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs the preferred match-up.But Ian Collins, who was the AFLs director of football operations from 1993-2000, says the AFL is on a collision course with the Catholic Church, with high-profile members of the clergy calling for the day to remain football-free.Its interesting theyre talking about Good Friday now. I went and saw George Pell when he was in Melbourne and he was dead against it, Collins told ESPN this week.But I see all that stuff is starting to break down now.Collins says other forces are influencing the AFLs fixture scheduling.Sometimes other interests come into play that help distort the fixture, he said.The AFL looks at trying to maximise attendances rather than fairness on the football field.There are other forces that come into play which I think they give priorities over others.The NRL first played on the sacred day in 1993, while the A-League staged a match between Melbourne Victory and Sydney in 2014.The AFL could schedule the match as late as 4pm and would look to raise funds for the Good Friday Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday appeal.Wounded Wallis not wallowingWounded young gun Mitch Wallis doesnt want his gruesome leg injury to define the season of the luckless Western Bulldogs.The 23-year-old suffered a?sickening double break of the tibia and fibula in the loss to St Kilda on Saturday night.A conservative approach to the car crash-like injury could see him miss the majority of the 2017 season.Hes going ok, Wallis manager, Adam Ramanauskas, told ESPN.Hes a very tough kid from a great family. He loves the footy club.He doesnt want this to define the season and want them to push on.Ramanauskas said Wallis was in good spirits recuperating at home following successful surgery on Sunday.Calder Cannons Talent Manager Ian Kyte told ESPN that Wallis was resilient and hard-working - qualities that would help him get through the injury.Mitch is a very down-to-earth, mature young man who knows what hes got ahead of him, Kyte said.Ive spoken to his dad and hes of the belief Mitch has at least to six to nine months recovery in front of him. Hell get there with his dedication.Wallis headlines a long list of patients in the Bulldogs casualty ward, which could disrupt the clubs resurgent season.Wallis is into the first year of a newly signed three-year deal, which expires at the end of the 2018 season.Menzels DIY ACL messageThe most notable victim of ruptured ACLs - Geelongs Dan Menzel, who has endured an astonishing four separate surgeries on collapsed knees - has set out to help fellow-sufferers by publishing a website.The site, MentalToughnessMentalFortitude, was launched on Wednesday and outlines a nine-month recovery plan for anyone who has fallen victim to the dreaded ACL injury.One subscriber could be the Western Bulldogs forward Jack Redpath who crumpled to the Etihad Stadium turf last weekend with what his third ruptured ACL.In an Instagram post this week, Menzel, the Cats mercurial No.10, wrote: This idea came about as I am now in a position where I can help others overcome adversity as I did. I know how difficult it can be at times and so Im looking to pass on my experiences to help as many people as possible defy the odds and never give up!Im proud to release my own ACL plan which is broken down into 4 week blocks over a 9 month rehab, touching on the physical and mental side of the rehab.I will also have a Challenges & Fixes page for those battling setbacks whether it be an ACL injury, another injury, a mental health problem or a setback in general, the principles remain the same and so it touches on what I have found difficult and struggled with as well as what helped me overcome these setbacks! #MTMFPagan denies placing roadblocks on Media StreetDenis Pagan, the former North Melbourne premiership coach and man who gave Brent Harvey his first game, got caught up in the crossfire when the Herald Sun ran excerpts of Harveys autobiography this week.As well as potting Wayne Carey, Harvey took time out to deliver a drive-by to his former mentor (whom, incidentally, he describes as a father figure).In his book Boomer, Harvey crriticises Pagan for refusing to promote the Roos during their glory era of the 1990s.Cheap NBA Jerseys China. hile [then coach] Kevin Sheedy was shouting from the rooftops about his club, Essendon, constantly pumping the club up in the media to whip fans into a frenzy, Denis Pagan had Arden Street in lockdown, Harvey wrote.Harvey said Pagan should have let Norths big name players appear in the media and take part in more promotional events but, instead of attracting new fans, they pushed existing ones away.This week, Pagan - who said he gave about 15 interviews praising Harvey ahead of his record-breaking 427th game - said he was taken aback by the criticism.I didnt agree with him, to be honest, Pagan told ESPN. I think all that stuff about me telling players not to travel Media St was overblown. Its taken on a life of its own.I dont remember ever specifically telling players not to do media. But if one of them was asked to be the subject of a big, centre-spread profile, I might say: You should be very careful here, son. It might backfire on you.Pagan said he viewed the coachs role in simple terms: it was all about on-field performance.We reached seven straight preliminary finals and three grand finals, we had a 64% success rate in home-and-away games, and 67% in our 22 finals, Pagan told ESPN. So I think thats the best way a coach can promote a club, through on-field success.For the record, Pagan rates Harvey among the best half-dozen or so Shinboners of the past 40 years, behind Carey, Malcolm Blight, Jimmy Krakouer, Barry Cable and Keith Greig.Ex-Carlton player treating the bluesA former AFL player gripped with depression during his four-year career has called on the AFL to introduce a mental health round to help quell the spiraling rise of the debilitating illness.Jake Edwards, who played five games for Carlton in 2008, says the bold initiative will give players the strength to conquer the torture of depression.He says mental illness in the industry continues to go unreported.There are still a lot of families and kids who arent finding the courage or the inspiration to seek help and the AFL can be an incredible driving force to get people on the right track, Edwards told ESPN.Edwards, a fourth generation AFL player and the cousin of former Collingwood midfielder Shane OBree, wants stories of mental hardship by ex-players and everyday people to be shared ahead of each match, as well as promoting the agencies designed to assist those affected.St Kilda and Hawthorn currently play for the Beyond Blue Cup, but Edwards says more can be done to confront mental health issues.The cup isnt spoken about at all during the game and whats really disappointing is that they actually present the cup in the rooms, outside of the eye on the public, he said.Its almost like theyre just ticking a box at the moment.Edwards says the number of AFL players doing it tough is growing, with many calling out to the 28-year-old for assistance.There are three current players who have contacted me who are definitely going through their own challenges and have been diagnosed with depression, he said.Better Out Than In is an AFLPA-led campaign dedicated to confronting mental illness. More information can be found at: betteroutthanin.com.auPay day far awayThe AFLPA has briefed the 18 AFL clubs on all the possible outcomes of the drawn-out pay negotiations with the league.A resolution to the long-running feud before seasons end appears unlikely, with both parties failing to formally discuss the pay stoush in more than 12 weeks.ESPN understands the players are growing frustrated by the impasse.The union, which represents more than 800 players, wants to boost the players share of the games revenue to about 25 per cent - three per cent more than the current agreement.It comes after the AFL signed a record $2.5 billion, six-year broadcast deal, which is set to be boosted by the impending radio rights deal.Random Stats of the week:1,733 - The number of players who have made their debut since Brent Harvey made his first senior appearance back in August, 1996. 1,033 are no longer playing.Little and Large - Brent Harvey, at 172cms, breaks the AFL games record with 427 games; Tony Lockett, at 112kgs, breaks the AFL goalkicking record with 1360 goals. 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