July 7, 2008
Questionable conductYounger unhappy with Argonauts the way trade to Esks played out
By JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media
Jordan Younger is not trying to stir the pot in advance of Thursday's game against the visiting Toronto Argos.
The Edmonton Eskimos defensive back has no intention of getting into a war of words with his former club.
But it's easy to tell there are some questions in his head over the trade in the off-season that sent him to the Green and Gold while Tyler Ebell and TJ Acree went to Toronto.
"It was the way the trade was handled. Not talking to anybody. Not hearing from anybody and I live up the street," said Younger, who started 16 games for Toronto last year and played four seasons for the Argos.
"If you say this is a business, then run your business professionally and there is a certain etiquette involved.
"Through all the good times - Grey Cup wins - everybody pats you on your back, says you are the best.
"And then when you leave, you don't hear from anybody. It makes you wonder: Did they really mean what they said?"
STRANGE SIGHT: EDMONTON KICKER/PUNTER NOEL PREFONTAINE IS TRYING TO GET READY TO FACE THE ARGOS - HIS FORMER TEAM FOR 10 YEARS BEFORE COMING TO EDMONTON THE DAY BEFORE TRAINING CAMP STARTED THIS SPRING.
"It is hard to get ready for a game and you look on the scouting report and you see an Argo helmet," said Prefontaine.
"It is hard to watch them play.
"I had so much loyalty to that organization."
Prefontaine is expecting a fired-up Argo crew when they battle Edmonton on Thursday (8 p.m., Commonwealth Stadium, CHED) after Hamilton beat Toronto 32-13 last week.
"I would probably say - honestly - in the last seven years, I have probably seen more points scored against (Toronto) in the pre-season game and last week than I have in the seven years I was there," said Prefontaine.
"Offensively. 13 points last week - kind of what I have been seeing since I was there.
"When I was there, it was always an organization that struggled offensively.
"Hopefully they will continue to struggle against us."
UGLY BREAK: ESKIMOS RECEIVER KAMAU PETERSON IS CLOSE FRIENDS WITH SASKATCHEWAN RECEIVER D.J. FLICK, WHO SUFFERED A BROKEN LEG LAST FRIDAY AT B.C. PLACE IN VANCOUVER.
The two are so tight that Flick spoke to Peterson at the Vancouver hospital on Friday.
"I feel for him more so as a father and man," remarked Peterson.
"As a football player, we understand things like that happen. But with him having twins - about seven months (old) - it is a tough situation.
"Now you are out for the year.
"It gives you a jolt of reality.
"My heart goes out to him and his family."
QUICK HITS: AT 1-1 IN THE REGULAR SEASON, EDMONTON IS SECOND IN THE LEAGUE IN TIME OF POSSESSION, HOLDING THE BALL FOR AN AVERAGE OF 32:53 PER TILT ... THE ESKIMOS' LOCKER-ROOM AT COMMONWEALTH STADIUM IS DECORATED WITH LARGE NEW PICTURES THIS YEAR. IN A TOUCH OF CLASS, ONE PICTURE IS OF RETIRED KICKER SEAN FLEMING MAKING A FIELD GOAL AGAINST MONTREAL LAST YEAR. ANOTHER LARGE PHOTO IS OF RETIRED LINEBACKER A.J. GASS HOLDING HIS HELMET.=