Newspaper article The Canadian Press

After Rare CFL Tie, Calgary Stampeders Host Ottawa Redblacks in Rematch

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

After Rare CFL Tie, Calgary Stampeders Host Ottawa Redblacks in Rematch

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Stamps host Redblacks in post-tie rematch

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CALGARY - The way Calgary Stampeders linebacker Alex Singleton sees it, Saturday's game against the Ottawa Redblacks can finish the one they started July 8.

Overtime didn't produce a winner in a 26-26 deadlock. The Stampeders and Redblacks wandered around TD Place wondering how they were supposed to react after the CFL's first tie game in seven years.

"Usually after a game you go up to somebody and say 'Good job, we'll play you again, get you next time,' " Singleton said. "It was kind of awkward. 'Good game, I guess?'

"All it really seems like is we're continuing the game we played earlier in the year. Twenty-six to twenty-six is pretty much 0-0."

The Stampeders (9-1-1) put their 6-0 record at McMahon on the line Saturday. The Redblacks (5-4-1) are trying to stay atop the East Division.

Calgary downed the host Edmonton Eskimos 34-28 last week in what was its third overtime game this season (2-0-1).

Ottawa is coming off a bye week after beating the Montreal Alouettes 19-14 on Sept. 1.

Singleton's growing impact since being taken sixth overall by Calgary in this year's CFL draft created a ripple effect for Ottawa this very week. After registering seven defensive tackles and two pass knockdowns in a home-and-home sweep of Edmonton, Singleton was promoted to starting middle linebacker, a move that made Taylor Reed expendable.

Calgary released Reed on Monday, but he was back at McMahon on Friday as a Redblack.

"Same colours, different organization, different number," Reed said. "I got a call and they asked me to come in and bring my defensive playbook.

"It's crazy how it works out to go to Ottawa and just so happen to be playing in Calgary the week after I get released."

Singleton is a ratio-breaker for the Stampeders. The California native is deemed a national player because his mother, Kim, was born in Toronto. Singleton became a Canadian citizen in October, 2015.

"Thinking and being confident I could eventually be a starter in this league, I knew it helped a ton," Singleton said.

When the 22-year-old arrived in May for training camp, it was his first time in Canada since attending a wedding in Toronto at age two. …

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