Mom saw it, but coach Maciocia didn't

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Danny Maciocia didn't see Winnipeg coaches Doug Berry - one of his best friends in the league - or Greg Marshall - a former colleague - flip the bird to the Montreal Alouettes on national TV on Saturday night.

But his mother saw the Bombers' tasteless display and word filtered to her son.

"From what I understand, everybody has seen (the incident) except me," quipped Maciocia yesterday.

Berry and Marshall were apparently upset about Montreal head coach Don Matthews running up the score late in the fourth quarter to win 44-16.

It's one of the incidents that will make year-end football highlight/lowlight reels.

But Maciocia's response to the whole Bomber ordeal is pretty simple: "This is professional football and you just need to be smart," he said.

COATES CUT: To no surprise, the Eskimos have shipped a defensive end out of town. Caught in a numbers game,

Sherrod Coates was released on the weekend.

With the acquisition of Joe Montford, Edmonton had at least six players capable of being at that position.

Coates could also play linebacker, but the club is also loaded in that area.

SHORT HITS: Although the team has been off a week, Mookie Mitchell and A.J. Gass are still bothered by hamstring injuries. Holding his cards close to his chest, Maciocia lists both as questionable for Thursday. But both will become very doubtful if they don't practise again today.

FINISH LINES: Import Antico Dalton is ready to come back on the 42-man roster after practising on the main kickoff team yesterday. With Coates being cut, the Esks have at least one import spot to fill on the main roster.


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