Peanuts, popcorn and other items on which to chew as you contemplate the lidlifter on the Edmonton Eskimos' 56th season in the Canadian Football League.
OH-FOR-EDMONTON: The Ottawa Renegades come to town tomorrow night looking for their first-ever win in Commonwealth Stadium. OK, they're only 0-for-3 in the big park since Ottawa's re-entry into the league. While losing 57-16 in Commonwealth last year, the Renegades scored their first win over the Eskimos in Frank Clair Stadium last year, a 44-15 victory to leave Tom Higgins at 0-3 out of the gate in 2004. In 52 games as the Rough Riders, Ottawa won 20, lost 30 and tied two against Edmonton.
ESKIMOS IN USA: Taking holidays in the USA this summer? You can still find the Eskimos. The June 30 game in Winnipeg can be seen on NESN, CSS and Cox Sports in Louisiana. The July 8 game in Montreal can be viewed on MSGN, Altitude, CSN Chicago, CSS. The July 15 game here against Winnipeg will be aired on Altitude, CSET, CSN Chicago, Comcast Detroit, Cox Sports Louisiana and Cox Sports New England. More later.
QUIZ No. 1: If Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia won the Grey Cup this year, he wouldn't be the first to win it in his rookie year. Some of the top coaches in CFL history have done so. In fact only one of those listed below didn't. Which one?
a. Les Lear.
b. Pop Ivy.
c. Frank Clair.
d. Ralph Sazio.
e. Hugh Campbell.
PARTY ON THE PACIFIC: Kinda remind you of Edmonton's 'Party In Your Parka' Grey Cup slogan? You're welcome, Vancouver. Seems to be working. Not all Vancouver Grey Cups have been success stories but 42,000-plus tickets have already been sold for this one.
UNIFORM RESPONSE: An interesting poll on the canoe.ca website in the off-season. Fans were asked to vote on which CFL team had the best new uniform designs:
- Calgary 19%
- Winnipeg 14%
- Edmonton 12%
- Saskatchewan 12%
- Toronto 11%
- British Columbia 11%
- Hamilton 9%
- Ottawa 7%
- Montreal 5%
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Jason Tucker is celebrating his 29th birthday at Friday's game. Kelly Wiltshire turns 33 on Tuesday.
QUIZ No. 2: It's the start of a new season. A lot of people believe there is potentially a tight race for first place in both East and West. What year was there a three-way tie for first place both East and West?
UP NEXT: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos are going to be sick of each other by the end of the next home game on Friday, July 15. The Eskimos played the Bombers in both pre-season games and open their away schedule in Winnipeg next Thursday. Barring a playoff matchup, they will not see each other again this season.
ANSWERS: Quiz No. 1 - e. Hugh Campbell. Won the next five in a row but lost the Grey Cup game in his first season. Quiz No. 2: - a. 1951. Edmonton, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg each had 16 points in the West and Ottawa, Hamilton and Toronto 14 points in the East.