Extra Points Column

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

Peanuts, popcorn and other items on which to chew while you contemplate a Montreal Alouettes team coming into Commonwealth Stadium for the final visit by an Eastern Conference team this season.

GOING UNDER? - At least the 5-3 Edmonton Eskimos, despite losing their last two games, can't drop below .500 if they lose this one. But the 4-4 Montreal Alouettes can. When was the last time the Als were below .500? You have to go back to 1996 under Bob Price when they lost the first three games of the season, before bouncing back to go 12-6 for the year.

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ESKS BOUNCE BACK AT HOME - The Eskimos don't often lose at home. Even in a 9-9 season last year they only lost two at Commonwealth Stadium. Back-to-back losses are even more rare. The last time was in 2001 when the Eskimos lost to B.C. Aug. 17 and Hamilton Aug. 24.

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QUIZ No. 1 - Which former Montreal Alouettes head coach became head coach of the Edmonton Wildcats junior team?

a) Peahead Walker.

b) Joe Galat

c) Marv Levy

d) Joe Scanella

e) Gary Durchik

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NOT SO 'GRAND' - With seven catches for 100 yards against the Calgary Stampeders last week, Terry Vaughn is back on track for an 11th-straight 1,000-yard season. It's been a bit of a struggle for Vaughn after a big first game against Ottawa. But the ex-Eskimo now has 474 receiving yards going into tomorrow's game here, which completes the first half of the schedule.

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QUIZ No. 2 - Which Edmonton Eskimos coach used to coach junior football in Montreal?

a) Dan McKinnon

b) Bill MacDermott

c) Rick Campbell

d) Dennis Winston

e) Danny Maciocia

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MOVING ON UP - Anthony Calvillo of the Als moved up the all-time charts last week. Calvillo passed Doug Flutie for fifth place in career CFL passing yardage in the first quarter of the Als' loss to Calgary last week.

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BY THE NUMBERS - Calvillo and Ricky Ray are putting up passing totals like the CFL hasn't seen for a while this season. Completion totals going into the final week of the first half:

Ricky Ray, Edmonton............ 223

Anthony Calvillo, Montreal.... 214

Kerry Joseph, Ottawa.......... 178

Dave Dickenson, B.C............ 169

Damon Allen, Toronto........... 165

Henry Burris, Calgary......... 151

Nealon Greene, Sask............ 139

Danny McManus, Hamilton... 96

Kevin Glenn, Winnipeg......... 95

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UP NEXT - The Labour Day double header, as always, is on Labour Day Monday in McMahon Stadium, followed by the largest crowd of the CFL season on the Friday back in Edmonton. Last year bad weather kept the crowd down to 50,366 for the game. On Sept. 5 the year before, 62,444 attended, the largest regular-season crowd in the history of the CFL.

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TRIVIA ANSWERS: No. 1 - e. Gary Durchik replaced Joe Galat for the final two games of the 1985 season, winning both including one against the Eskimos. He won the East semi-final as well and returned to coach the team to a 4-14 season the following year. He'd later show up as an Eskimos assistant. No. 2 - e. Danny Maciocia was head coach of the St. Leonard Cougars in 1995 before joining the Alouettes as an assistant coach prior to coming to the Eskimos in the same capacity and coaching Canada to a Global Junior title at the Super Bowl this past season.


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