Selfish penalty

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

A.J. Gass is embarrassed.

He also fined himself already for being tossed out the game yesterday during a wild fight in the second quarter.

But the damage has been done - and it was severe damage.

After scrapping with offensive lineman John Comiskey and tossing his helmet 35 yards down the field, Gass was tossed by officials - leaving Edmonton without its undisputed leader in the heart of the defence.

To make matters worse, linebacker/special teams demon Kenny Onatolu was booted out the game on the same play for taking not one but two shots toward the head of a couple of Stampeders.

"Is there anything that is more powerful than regret?" asked Gass after the game.

"That is how I feel right now.

"It was just a complete and utter disappointment and lack of discipline and extremely selfish."

Gass realizes his mistake was a big part of the game.

"Anytime you lose two guys who start on defence and play special teams, there is a ripple effect throughout the team.

"It had a major impact I believe."

Gass has levied a heavy fine against himself.

"There is going to be a lot of free breakfasts around here for a long time," he said.

The 10-year veteran of the Green and Gold has never ripped a player's helmet off and tossed it down the field.

"It is pretty embarrassing, to be honest," he continued.

Comiskey - the brother of Eskimo Dan Comiskey - was simply having fun with Gass' ejection after the game.

"This is Canada on a Saturday night. He probably thought this was Hockey Night in Canada and he wanted to play a little hockey," said Comiskey.

Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia isn't arguing with the ejections of his own players.

"But I don't think they deserved come out of it with nothing," he said on Calgary not losing a player.

The whole fracas actually started between Gass and Calgary offensive tackle Jeff Pilon.

"I was on top of him," said Gass. "As I got up, he hit me from (the) back, knocked me down.

"Kenny flew in and hit him and then it was melee from then on."


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