Stampeders only team Cody Fajardo still hasn’t beaten

Photo courtesy: Candice Ward / Calgary Stampeders

It’s the most unlikely of hurdles still left for the Saskatchewan Roughriders resident rock star.

A sub-500 team the only dragon left un-slain by their franchise player.

There are still plenty of hills for Cody Fajardo to climb, regardless of what happens in the Thanksgiving Day weekend rematch between his Saskatchewan Roughriders and Calgary Stampeders at Mosaic Stadium on Saturday night.

However, Cody was reminded several times this week that the Stamps are the only CFL team — other than Saskatchewan, of course — that he has yet to beat, since becoming the Riders starting QB. He admits he’s heard enough.

“It would be great to get that monkey off (our) back, so to speak.” Fajardo told reporters during a pregame media session prior to Saturday’s game.

“But at the end of the day, football is football and it doesn’t matter who is lining up across. (The) CFL has got a lot of talented teams. Like I talked about before going into the first game, their record (now 4-5) didn’t show how good this Calgary team is and we know that we have our hands full this week.”

The Stampeders looked like an awakened giant in the first of this 3-game series with the Riders but Fajardo expects it to be different this time, especially with the change in venue.

“(The Stampeders) are going to have some confidence coming into our place but we have the advantage of having our home atmosphere. I think our team responds well to playing at home.”

“So, I’m just excited to get out there and get an opportunity against Calgary and kind of figure out where we’re at in the fourth quarter and see what we’ve got to do to win the football game.”

Cody has made some adjustments this week, too.

“It’s always tough against Calgary, whether they have a beat on me or whatever you want to say by us not beating them. I’ve tried to change up my routine a little bit this week and maybe that will help me come game time. Just to change a few things that they might have a beat on, going into this game.”

Fajardo swears he and his teammates have moved on from the postgame mini-controversy from last weekend and he doesn’t consider his team a wounded animal just yet.

“Not really, because we’re second in the west. We’re still a 5-3 football team and that’s kind of what I told the guys this week.  With all the craziness that happened outside of football and with the media and the things I said and the comments I’ve said. It’s not like we’re the worst team in the CFL. We’re still second in the west by ourselves, I believe. We’re not a bad football team.”