Calgarian gets the call

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Two weeks ago, Roger Reinson stared sleepy-eyed at his television without a clue he would standing where he was yesterday.

The Calgary Dinos product is back in the Grey Cup -- again -- this time without the aches and pains of a regular season to weigh him down.

It was only 12 days ago the long-snapper rejoined the Eskimos after Taylor Inglis was injured in Edmonton's West semifinal victory over the Stampeders in Calgary.

A distress call went out to Reinson, who immediately hit the gym to see if he could still spin the pigskin from seven and 15 paces away.

He could. The Eskimos needed him. Now he's collecting playoff bonus cheques.

The 37-year-old suited up last week against the B.C. Lions and now sits one game away from his fourth CFL championship ring as the Eskimos take on the Montreal Alouettes in the 93rd Grey Cup.

"It's ridiculous almost," Reinson said. "Had it been with a different team, putting the ball to a different holder, putting it into another punter's hands, I wouldn't have been interested. But as soon as I walked into the locker-room, I began taking insults within five minutes. I went to practice and when they called punt team, I ran out there.

"Joe Montford is in my locker so I wouldn't kick him out."

Reinson, a 12-year veteran who played with the Stamps, Lions and Eskimos, lost his job in training camp to Inglis.

He took the release in stride and now can only chuckle at his ridiculous situation as he stood yesterday under the dome of B.C. Place.

"I drove back home and I had no hard feelings," Reinson said. "I've had a pretty good career."

His job today is to put the ball in Jason Maas' hands on field goals and Sean Fleming's on punts. Then he'll collect his game cheque and call it a career.

"It's a two-week paid holiday," Reinson said. "I get the best seat in the house and get to hear what the guys say coming off the field.

"It's surreal."


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