'Thanks' for the trash talk, says Esks' O-linemen

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:07 PM ET

CALGARY -- The Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos definitely know how to yak and stir the pot in the final days before a huge game.

This afternoon's CFL West semifinal doesn't need any more hype, but it has received another boost thanks to some verbal jabs between Stampeder defensive tackle Sheldon Napastuk and the Eskimos' offensive line.

After being accused by Napastuk of being physical after the play and using "bush league" tactics during last Sunday's battle with the Stamps, the Edmonton O-line has fired some return shots.

"We didn't play bush league, we just played hard," said offensive tackle Bruce Beaton.

"If we don't play physical we are going to get our butts kicked."

The 37-year-old veteran then began to laugh about the whole ordeal.

"At this age, if I played physical (in the eyes of someone else), I would consider that a compliment."

Left guard Dan Comiskey also thanked Napastuk.

"If he thinks we played a rough game, that is a compliment. Thank you very much Sheldon," said Comiskey.

"We'll see you (later today)."

The battle in the trench last Sunday didn't yield a sack, as the Eskimos shut out Calgary's front seven, which leads the league with 47 sacks.

That performance by the Green and Gold offensive line was still fresh in Napastuk's mind when he let loose with the Calgary Sun late this week.

"They didn't come out to play football, they came out to put guys on the ground after plays," Napastuk blurted.

"That was absolutely bush league. They tried to beat us up physically after the play and they accomplished that."

Napastuk's trash talk comes one week after Stamp receiver Nik Lewis spouted off about hoping to end Shannon Garrett's career by embarrassing the Edmonton halfback, who Lewis believes is too old to cover him.

Calgary head coach Tom Higgins tried to keep the trash talk out of the papers this week, but to no avail.

"I don't believe it sheds any greater light on yourself when you try to take somebody else down," said Higgins.

"There is the old saying: Your house doesn't look any better if you burn someone else's down.

"We'd like to have athletes that are respectful of other people and other teams.

"When you show respect, you gain respect."

The respect level between the two teams is dwindling with each passing day.


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