Fleiszer, McGrath butt heads

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

The first pre-season game can't come soon enough for defensive end Tim Fleiszer and offensive lineman Joe McGrath because they need somebody else to pound.

After bashing heads for seven straight days at Eskimo training camp, the two heavyweights finally snapped yesterday and had not one, but two scraps.

"Those guys (on the O-line) tend to hold a little bit and since we don't have officials to enforce it, you have to enforce it on your own," said Fleiszer, giving his version of why tempers flared.

The first bout happened after some verbal sparring in one-on-one drills, but was quickly broken up.

However, the second fight was the spectacle of the day, with McGrath putting Fleiszer in a headlock near centre field and spinning him around to score the unanimous decision.

"I was still mad from previous stuff and it added over," said McGrath, who tips the scale at 288 pounds, nearly 35 pounds heavier than Fleiszer.

However, unlike the first fight of camp between lightweights Donny Brady and Trevor Gaylor on Thursday, no punches were thrown. "Once I got (McGrath's) helmet off both times I stopped, but maybe I shouldn't of," said Fleiszer, who chuckled after the statement but proved the bad blood is still flowing.

In fact, Fleiszer wouldn't rule out Round 3 becoming a reality. "If (the O-line) wants to keep holding then there is going to be another fight," he said.

But head coach Danny Maciocia isn't concerned. "I even debate if it's planned. They're telling me it's not, but I think it may be. Like, we need a 30-second breather, so let's wrestle each other and see how it all works out."

Nobody was hurt.


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