Bauman's pigskin pass with Stamps
Calgary Stampeders Chris Bauman is unable to make the catch against Evan McCollough of the Toronto Argonauts second half CFL football action at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta, Saturday August 18, 2012. (AL CHAREST/QMI AGENCY)
Even in the midst of a furious comeback attempt, and some math equations being done, Chris Bauman knew he needed to keep the ball.
Throughout his CFL career, the Calgary Stampeders receiver has always snagged the football from his touchdowns and given it to one of his supporters.
After scoring with 12 seconds left Saturday night at McMahon Stadium, Bauman quickly tossed the ball to the sidelines.
This one — No. 7 in his career — is earmarked for the son of his high school coach back in Brandon, Man., so it was important to keep it.
With a 10-point deficit, the Stamps were going for the two-point convert, hoping to then recover the onside kick and finish off the comeback.
So Bauman didn’t have time to celebrate his first major score with the Stamps.
“You can’t really think about it until after the game,” Bauman said. “I got up and got ready for the next play.”
Bauman actually came off for a different formation on the two-point attempt, but quarterback Kevin Glenn converted it on a rushing play.
The Stamps then failed to recover the short kickoff, and the 22-14 loss was over.
It’s not the way Bauman really wanted to score his first TD with the Stampeders, but he will take it.
His last one came back on Oct. 22, 2010 when he was still a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
That one came during a five-catch, 116-yard, two-TD performance that opened some eyes to the former first overall pick’s ability.
He went into that off-season as a prized free-agent and signed a lucrative contract with the Edmonton Eskimos.
Things didn’t work out with the Eskimos, though, and Bauman was barely used. He only caught 11 passes for 132 yards last season, and never sniffed the endzone.
This year, he’s been much more of an important part of the Stampeders offensive attack, even if he hadn’t put up six points coming into Saturday’s tilt with the Toronto Argonauts.
After scoring against the Argos, the 27-year-old is hoping the floodgates open.
“Last year was a write-off,” Bauman said. “It’s good to get it out of the way. The hardest part is getting in the endzone for the first time. Hopefully, it just keeps coming.”
For the past few weeks, since Jabari Arthur was placed on the nine-game injured list with a hamstring issue, Bauman has been on the field the majority of offensive sets.
In six games, he has 15 catches for 204 yards.
“It’s taken a bit to get used to,” Bauman said. “It’s been a while since I was on the field for most of the game.
“The biggest thing was conditioning. Being in the slot is a lot more running. Another thing was staying in the game mentally for all four quarters. It’s getting better. I’m looking forward to the rest of this season.”
Bauman feels more comfortable playing slotback, but recently he’s been moved outside to the important boundary receiver position while Romby Bryant is being used differently.
“There is more to learn,” Bauman said. “I like moving around. It makes mismatches for other guys on the team.
“Anything we can do in order to fool the defence, I’m willing to do it.”
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