Esks seek revenge

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Just a year ago, the Edmonton Eskimos would have been rubbing their hands together in anticipation of padding their stats against a team with the worst defence in history.

But this time, the defending Grey Cup champs will be seeking revenge for a 46-10 loss to the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg on Canada Day.

"They're definitely going to come with something a little different than what they came with the first time," Bombers defensive end Tom Canada said on the eve of tonight's CFL clash at Commonwealth Stadium. "They're obviously going to want to settle the score between us. We definitely put a pounding on them the first time."

But the Bombers are seeking redemption of their own after the Montreal Alouettes blew them out 44-16 in their own ballpark last week, in a game where both the players and coaches lost their cool over officials' calls.

"It sucks," said Canada. "It pisses you off and it's definitely going to help fuel the fire, if anything. We can't worry about it. We've just got to focus on the task at hand, which is basically kicking the (crap) out of Edmonton again.

"I'm looking forward to this week. I like playing Edmonton. It's nice to be on the (natural) grass. I like the grass. It reminds me of college. Plus, you'll get a little bit of that frustration out from last week, because last week was a frustrating game, and I feel sorry for Edmonton."

Bombers head coach Doug Berry suggested that the Canada Day game just got out of control for the Eskies, the same way Winnipeg's match versus Montreal did.

"I don't know if any of that is revenge but I expect them to come out and be determined to show the home folks that the game they played (in Winnipeg) was an aberration, that they're a very competitive team," he said.

And that about sums it up.

"They took it to us on Canada Day and we didn't help our cause, either," said Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray. "We made a lot of mistakes and when you do that against a good football team, you're going to get your butt kicked. But we definitely don't want that to happen again and we want to come out and prove to them that we're a much better team than we were on Canada Day."

And Bombers wide receiver Chris Brazzell knows just how determined the Eskies will be.

"Oh yeah, they're thinking payback," said the former Eskimo. "I can hear them now, saying it's payback time and all that stuff. But that's what happens when a team gets you like that. You just can't wait to play them again."

Winnipeg, 3-2, is determined to stay abreast of the 4-0 Als in the East while Edmonton, 2-2, is in a dogfight in the West.

"We want to prove that it's not a fluke where we're at and we can compete," Berry said. "The first six games of the schedule were very difficult for us and we're hoping to come out of this at 4-2."

Meanwhile, Edmonton linebacker Singor Mobley played down the revenge angle.

"I wouldn't say payback, it's just a must-win game," he said. "It's more showing our dominance and showing what kind of club we are.

"It's just going out there and showing that team that we're much better than what happened in Winnipeg."


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