FRIESEN: Election Day butterflies for Blue Bombers in U.S.

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“I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat. It’s just what type of individual you are.”

Alexander said he doesn’t necessarily feel society is more divided, at least not where he lives, in a day-to-day sense.

Both he and Stegall were going to sit down and watch some election coverage Tuesday night.

And while some feared violence from the result, they weren’t worried about it.

“There are enough things we have to worry about,” Stegall said. “I know people are concerned, and people are saying everybody should go out and get a gun and that type of stuff. You hear that all the time. Come on, people.

Are we at that point now, where we have to have a gun?

“I try to keep my faith that everything is going to be OK, regardless of what happens.”

What they both looked forward to is change, no matter who is declared the winner.

“Somebody has to be president, and from that point on we need to be able to interact… it’s about moving forward,” Alexander said. “If it doesn’t go your way, OK, that’s fine, you tried. What is the next step now. Because we’re not going to wait four extra years to try to do something different. We’ve got to do that right now.”

Some current players didn’t want to discuss Election Day, preferring to remain out of the spotlight during this emotionally-charged time.

Some took to social media.

“Division and hatred sucks,” O-lineman Jermarcus Hardrick tweeted from his home in Lincoln, Neb. “Love and unity is needed.”

At a time when much of sport is shut down, it will likely be the most-watched election of all time.

“This is like a sport,” Alexander said.

The last time the defensive back took part in a game, he won the Grey Cup.

His own brief appearance in this one didn’t produce quite the same rush, but it felt right, nonetheless.

“It literally took me 15 seconds to get it done,” Alexander said. “For some strange reason it felt really good to do it. It just felt good to put my ballot in. I know a little bit more. I’m a little bit older. Being able to just freely cast my vote, it felt good.”

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