October 10, 2008
Enter house of horrorsEsks have had bad luck at B.C. Place
By JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA
VANCOUVER -- For the Edmonton Eskimos, B.C. Place has become a house of horrors.
The Green and Gold have lost five straight regular-season games under the dome since winning the 2005 Grey Cup against Montreal in Vancouver.
But it's not just the fact the Esks have lost every game over the last three seasons on the West Coast - but also how they have lost the contests.
It has been a comedy of errors and blunders.
In brief form, here are some of the major mistakes over the last five losses: three blocked punts by B.C., a punt return against for a touchdown and a botched field goal to lose on the final play of a game.
The problems at B.C. Place explain why Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia addressed the team this week over the need to stop the trend in this city tonight.
Edmonton plays the first-place B.C. Lions at 8:30 p.m. MT under the big white top this evening.
"We have played bad (in Vancouver) but we are in the game. That's the funny part about it," said Eskimos defensive back Jason Goss.
"Imagine if we just play a good game and how it would turn it out. So, that is the thing we did talk about this past week. We haven't played a good game here and we have to turn it around. Now is this time."
In short form, the list of ridiculous errors by the Eskimos inside B.C. Place is as follows:
AUG. 18, 2006: 30-28 EDMONTON LOSS
- Ricky Ray throws two interceptions for B.C. touchdowns.
- Holder Jason Johnson lets a perfect snap from Mike Maurer slip through his hands, giving Sean Fleming no chance to try a 39-yard field goal on the final play with a shot to win.
AUG. 4, 2006: 34-17 EDMONTON LOSS
- B.C. has five sacks, Geroy Simon has a 92-yard touchdown catch by burning three defenders and Edmonton has 177 total offensive yards.
OCT. 20, 2007: 37-26 EDMONTON LOSS
- The Lions score on a punt return for a touchdown, Edmonton gives up six sacks and a blocked punt.
JULY 6, 2007: 29-9 EDMONTON LOSS
- Edmonton has a whopping 17 penalties and gives up another blocked punt.
AUG. 8, 2008: 40-34 EDMONTON LOSS
- Edmonton coughs up seven turnovers, Ray throws three picks, B.C. scores on a blocked punt, two fumbles by Tristan Jackson.
"When we lost here, we lost by mental mistakes. We beat ourselves," said Edmonton linebacker Shannon Garrett.
"We are coming out here (tonight) with our mental cap on, ready to play."
Eskimos receiver Kamau Peterson says the ugly string of defeats in this city doesn't play with his mind - in other words, hurt his confidence.
"We are confident with what we have (on this team right now) and we think it will hold up anywhere as long as we are focused enough to just come out and play within ourselves and not do too much," said Peterson.
Edmonton is coming off a convincing 36-22 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last Saturday.
A win by the visitors tonight would put the Eskimos in a four-way tie for first place in the West Division - and end the horror show in B.C. Place.