Gettin' jiggy with it

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

The jig is up. The gig, too.

The jig, or whatever Kwame Cavil and Trevor Gaylor insist on doing in the endzone, is going to stop. Or there may be a dressing room photo-op.

No, Hugh Campbell isn't going to come down from the CEO office and give them the speech he gave to Waddell Smith all those years ago when he coached the five-in-row Grey Cup championship team here.

"When you get to the end zone, act like you've been there before," Campbell quietly told Smith after taking him aside one day. The line spread around the football world like it was something Vince Lombardi said.

"I always felt I originated that quote but I've heard it a lot since," said Campbell.

But no, the boss isn't going to tell his head coach to make those two stop dancing in the endzone, even if they did it in Saskatchewan when the team was still behind.

And he also isn't going to tell Cavil that kicking the ball into the stands after doing his dance is not going to be tolerated in this town of tradition, where the community-owned team is seen as representing the character and class of the people who live there. (Besides, Cavil was the best kicker Edmonton had in Regina.)

"We like Cavil. He's a very nice guy. But he's brought that from Montreal. The other kid is a rookie," says Campbell.

"I prefer to have our players to get to the point where they don't want to do it on their own. You don't want to order them not to do it. We want them to come to see it our way as being part of being an Eskimo."

THAT STUFF WILL CEASE

Like Ed Hervey. Three seasons ago, he was swinging an 'EE' helmet at Davis Sanchez in a Labour Day game in Calgary. Today ...

If nobody in that dressing room takes the matter into his hands this week, Hervey is volunteering to end the 'Look At Me' dance deals in the end zone. "When I get back on the field that stuff will cease. I don't like it either," says the injured receiver.

Jason Tucker doesn't do it. The guy has 70 catches for 1,129 yards and nine touchdowns. Catches the ball. Hands it to the referee. Returns to the huddle. It's always been the way it's been done around here.

"I've always been like that. I never did an end zone dance. That's just the way I am. I believe in the 'Act like you've been there before' thing, too. So with me it's been a little bit of both."

Campbell says that to him, a real pro "considers it his job and doesn't need a medal pinned to his chest."

DANCING IN THE END ZONE

The Eskimos right now have a whole lot of issues bigger than two guys dancing in the end zone. But this has been a real issue in the NFL, where it went from the dancing to pretend cell-phone calls and 'Sharpie' autographing of the football with props hidden in the goalpost padding. Something like that was never thought possible here. But who ever expected somebody to dance in the end zone when the Eskimos were losing or to punt the ball into the crowd?

There are a few problems with the issue. One is there are racial overtones. Another is TV.

"When it comes to racial overtones, which I don't think come into play in this community, I really enjoyed watching the movie 'Coach Carter,' " said Campbell of the film about an all-black team.

"There's a scene in there where Coach Carter lectures his players about showing up an opponent. He tells them 'We don't do that!' Maybe we need to take them to a movie," he laughed.

Then there's TV.

"Television eats the stuff up," says Campbell. "The players know they'll be all over TV and bring individual publicity to themselves if they do something. The NFL finally had to put in rules for taunting and bringing props.

"It isn't a big problem in our league right now. But it was a major issue three years ago in Winnipeg.

"The Blue Bombers had a choreographed chorus line thing going on."

I don't think anybody should have to send K. Cavil and T. Gaylor a memo. And if they don't get it now, E. Hervey will deliver the message himself. The jig, and the gig, is up.


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