Long gone Ray

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

CALGARY -- It's not normal to sit in the dressing room and interview a player on a cellphone.

But that's the way it worked with Ricky Ray yesterday.

Knowing Jason Maas was in the interview room and being interviewed at length, Ray left the Edmonton Eskimos dressing room, climbed in the car driven down by his wife, and was somewhere around Airdrie when he answered the phone.

He talked about getting the hook at halftime and watching Maas take the team to a come-from-behind victory over the Calgary Stampeders.

"Jason came in and played great," said the quarterback who took the Eskimos to a Grey Cup replacing an injured Maas in 2002 and then took them back a year later to win it.

"That was pretty impressive for a guy who threw three passes all year," added Ray, who will be going to Vancouver for a third Western final in his three years with the team.

"We'd been struggling," said Ray of going 12 for 21 with 99 yards passing and no touchdowns as the Eskimos found themselves down by 11 at the half. "Danny Maciocia told me in the dressing room at half time.

"I'm happy for everybody. It was a big win. For myself, I wish I could have played a little better.

"But the team needed a spark. We needed to do something different. The easiest thing to do is to change the quarterback."

Ray says he has no expectations one way or the other after what happened here when it comes to which quarterback will get the start in the West final next Sunday in B.C. Place.

"That's up to the coach. I'm hoping it's me out there."


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