'The eye in the sky doesn't lie'

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

When Charles Alston was a youngster, a loss would turn into a scrap.

"When I was a kid I used to fight after losses," remarked the Edmonton Eskimo defensive end yesterday morning.

"Obviously I am maturing into a better person, so I don't fight after losses, but I still have the same urges.

"I can't stand losing. I am the worst loser ever."

However, nobody is picking a fight or pushing Alston's buttons in the Eskimo locker-room -- and that is the point of the story.

Although the defending Grey Cup champions are stuck in a brutal slump -- losing five of their last six games -- belief is still living within the team.

"Everybody in this room is 100% confident that we are going to get it done (tonight)," said linebacker A.J. Gass. "It's not overconfidence, it's just belief in ourselves."

Added defensive lineman Adam Braidwood: "Nobody is ragging on another guy.

"It's still pretty positive."

There seems to be a conscientious effort within the defence to avoid pointing fingers.

"Everybody watches the film and the eye in the sky doesn't lie," continued Gass. "We all know where the problems are and where mistakes have been made. So to add to that by pointing one guy out just isn't a positive way to go about it."

And the offence is also following that golden rule.

"It's not a situation where we go -- you know what, we have bad coaching and we don't have the talent here," said quarterback Ricky Ray.

"I think everybody realizes we have got that. We just have to win a tough game, a close game."

For the Eskimos, they hope that happens tonight.


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