Campbell holds out hope for playoff spot

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

One gigantic win in the Labour Day rematch hasn't placed rose-coloured glasses on Hugh Campbell.

Breaking a silence with the media that has lasted a few weeks, the Eskimos CEO was pleased while standing in a jubilant Edmonton locker room last night after a 35-26 win over the Calgary Stampeders.

But the highest-ranking executive with the club isn't sure if there is another talent on this team to get on a much-needed roll to get into the playoffs.

"I don't know," he said.

"It's going to be a deal where are going to have to go week-to-week.

"It's possible and as long as it's possible I will hold up hope."

In a week where the organization came under intense criticism - for everything from a lack of import talent to continued mental breakdowns on the field - Campbell stayed quiet and out of the limelight.

The long-standing face of the organization took heat for not facing the media, but it was his plan to stay away from the reporters at his family cottage in Idaho.

"I am trying (to stay out the spotlight) all year," said Campbell.

"Rick LeLacheur is the president and COO and he is the guy.

"I am ready to help in any way I can, like any other person in the organization.

"But sometimes the best way to help is to show that you have confidence in them and let them do their deal."

But by no means has Campbell lost hope in his club.

"They played hard (last night) like last time," he said. "The reason we haven't lost hope is because they have played so hard in every game.

"They haven't played a dog game.

Many in Eskimo will debate that point, pointing to ugly losses in Winnipeg and Vancouver.

But for one night, Eskimoland was happy.

UGLY EMOTION: Calgary Stampeder assistant coach Bill Diedrick apparently put his fist through a window in the Calgary coaching booth in the Commonwealth Stadium press box last night, causing the glass to spider web.

"We'll be sending them the bill," said Eskimo media relastions director Dave Jamieson.

Diedrick apparently smashed the glass on Adam Braidwood's fumble recovery for a touchdown on the final play.


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