It should be a really big shoe

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

They used snowplows and power sweepers to remove the thick blanket of snow from the Commonwealth Stadium turf yesterday.

With the mercury expected to top the freezing mark in time for Sunday's CFL matinee between the Esks and Blue Bombers, head coach Tom Higgins doesn't anticipate field conditions will be a factor.

"The conditions on Sunday should be favourable," Higgins said. "After you take (the snow) off, it's exposed to the elements. That's part of the challenge of having a grass field and it's part of the challenge of playing football this far north."

Were more snow to fall, the Commonwealth grounds crew would be forced to use the power sweepers once again. In the event that were to happen, the field could resemble the one the Esks played the 2002 Grey Cup on.

"The unfortunate thing is, this is very heavy snow and it has to be brushed off," Higgins said. "And you only get so many brushes on a grass field.

"Every time you brush it you're taking blades of grass off that field and you need every blade you can get. But when we go out we'll adjust to whatever the conditions are."

And rest assured, the Green and Gold will be shod accordingly.

"There's not a shoe that's made that we don't have availability to," smiled Higgins. "Some shoes are better than others. Even shoes that work well for one athlete, another athlete doesn't want to wear those and won't wear those."


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