Inglis just might have the answer

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 1:50 PM ET

Taylor Inglis can't be accused of slacking off.

In the midst of his third season as the Eskimos' long snapper, the 23-year-old local product has started a new job: working in commercial real estate.

A junior associate for J.J. Barnicke, he has decided to be a real estate agent in his spare time.

"It is supposed to be really good money ... but the first couple of years it is really dry. You don't make much," said Inglis.

Wisely, he won't detail how much he could make in a few years - but it's fair to say he could be pulling in a salary well into the six figures.

"I want to have something to fall back on when my life gets flipped upside down and I get released or whatever happens," continued Inglis.

"They are flexible with my football schedule (at J.J. Barnicke). It fits my personality - I like dealing with people and I'm competitive, I work hard."

Inglis spends his mornings with the Eskimos, going through meetings and practice. He then hustles out of the locker-room just after the lunch hour for his next job.

In the option year of his Eskimos' contract, the former Edmonton Wildcat has also hired a football agent with the hope of landing in the NFL next year.

After nabbing a tryout with the Green Bay Packers during the winter, it's not inconceivable that Inglis could land some more NFL tryouts next winter.

FASHION STATEMENT: Clearly trying to keep with tradition and build an attitude in the locker-room, veterans Kevin Lefsrud and A.J. Gass have jumped into the T-shirt business.

Every player in the locker- room recently received - for free - a black T-shirt with a skull logo on the front and letters B.O.N.E. on the back.

The acronym stands for Brotherhood of Nasty Eskimos, a saying that goes back to Dan Kepley's era with the club.

"I just kind of figured with this much turnover that (the T-shirts) might make a little more of a point than just talking about it," said Lefsrud.

It's a fashion hit in the locker-room, with players wearing them through the first two weeks of the regular season.

SHORT YARDAGE: It's a little-known fact, but in Kepley's era (1975-84) the players yelled 'Bone!' to break the defensive huddle. That still happens today.

PARTING SHOT: You have to love the games within the games in the CFL.

For example, the Esks' depth chart that is handed to the media the day before the game is rather amusing. For last Friday's tilt in B.C., the depth chart called for Ron McClendon to start at running back and Fred Stamps to start at slotback.

Neither player dressed for the game.

On defence, Will Loftus was written in as the starting safety while Shannon Garrett was a backup at cornerback.

In reality, Loftus played on special teams and Garrett started at safety.

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BY THE NUMBERS

50

The number of pounds lost by Eskimos offensive line coach Carl Brennan since Christmas. Changing his diet has been the biggest reason.

"My eating habits weren't very good," said Brennan.

"I ate everything that basically you shouldn't - chocolate bars, candy. I was eating those things at the wrong time."

2

Number of concussions for the Esks in the last two weeks. J.R. LaRose was first, now Kevin Lefsrud is questionable - at best - for this week after getting his bell rung in Vancouver.

1

B.C. offensive lineman Rob Murphy claims he had an alleged confrontation with the father of Edmonton defensive end Adam Braidwood last Friday outside the dressing room area at B.C. Place.

Murphy told the Vancouver Province that Braidwood's dad called him "a disgrace to the CFL."

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THE HOT SEAT

Best receiver in the CFL:

Samuels: "Arland Bruce (Toronto). He can take a five-yard hitch and take it to the house."

Morgan: "Jason Tucker (Edmonton). He ran up and down against Saskatchewan for years when I played there."

Best surface to play on:

Samuels: "Field turf. A lot of people may not like it because it beats up on your legs, but that grass gives under your feet."

Morgan: "Grass - because coming here when they are playing on it, receivers are skeptical."

As CFL commissioner, you would ... :

Samuels: "Work on a better U.S. TV deal and raise the salary cap."

Morgan: "Raise the salary cap - probably to $10 million."

Loudest teammate in the room:

Samuels: "That's easy - Rahim Abdullah."

Morgan: "Abdullah. He's real loud."


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