Pivot-al time caught on camera

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

Ricky Ray, Jason Maas and Jason Johnson are in their pajamas in the team hotel the night before the Labour Day game in Calgary studying the Edmonton Eskimo playbook.

It's quite an image of the three Eskimo quarterbacks -- and it's an image that is coming to a TV set near you this weekend.

With the Eskimos' permission, DUAL Productions -- a local TV/film company -- received an all-access pass to film a one-hour documentary on life behind the scenes for the quarterbacks during the days leading to the Labour Day classic and the rematch the following week at Commonwealth Stadium.

It's a rare production that airs Saturday at 11 p.m. on TSN.

"We really wanted to take the audience where they have never been before," said Christie Chorley, one of the producers and owners behind DUAL Productions.

"We went everywhere, from practice to the locker room to coaches meetings to quarterback meetings."

And to the team hotel, the golf course and the racquetball court -- where Ray shows off his not-so-fine racquet skills.

The unique one-hour show also has the added twist of Johnson playing two roles: feature subject and production owner.

Johnson is the other partner behind DUAL Productions and actually brainstormed the show idea with Chorley.

"A lot of people feel that players that are competing at the same position don't really like each other, that there is some distrust or a quarterback controversy," said Johnson.

"We really wanted to show that we are all friends and we all support each other."

Besides airing Saturday night immediately following the B.C. Lion-Saskatchewan Roughrider game, TSN will also air the documentary Nov. 12 and 21. Called the Inner Circle: The Eskimo Quarterbacks, the documentary had its premiere last night at the Citadel Theatre in front of Eskimo players and brass.

"I enjoyed it," said defensive end Joe Montford. "I love seeing teammates compete against each other. That's what the game is about."

SHORT YARDAGE: Sean Fleming is the CFL Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting for five field goals, including the game winner last Saturday against B.C. "The last couple of weeks he has been unbelievable," said head coach Danny Maciocia.

Fleming is perfect in his last 10 attempts stretching over three games.

LATE HITS: Defensive end Rashad Jeanty is questionable for Sunday with a hamstring injury.


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