In the heat of the summer, some thoughts and observations:
- Watch for the Edmonton Eskimos to make a bid to host the 2011 Grey Cup game.
With the 2009 championship game likely going to Calgary and speculation suggesting Hamilton could be the site for the 2010 tilt, Edmonton's next turn appears to be 2011.
The city hasn't hosted a Grey Cup game since 2002.
The bidding process for the 2011 game could begin at the next CFL annual general meeting.
Eskimo president/CEO Rick LeLacheur would love to see an east/west rotation on hosting the event. He also hopes the game swings into each city in the league on a fair, eight-year cycle.
"I think it is a great success when every CFL team can host a Grey Cup," said LeLacheur.
- Something to ponder: If Reggie Hunt makes it to the free-agent market after this season, the Edmonton Eskimos should - and likely will - take a major run at him.
Of course, the Saskatchewan Roughriders will surely try to re-sign their stud linebacker. But Hunt would be wise to test the market when his contract is up at the end of year.
He can play WILL-linebacker. He can play SAM-linebacker. And he can wallop players.
There is a reason he is called "The Reaper."
A bidding war for his services could easily erupt.
Granted, the all-star linebacker's brother - Aaron - plays with the B.C. Lions.
But the Eskimos are home to his good friend Omarr Morgan.
"I would love to play with Reggie Hunt again," said Morgan, who spent five years playing with Hunt in Regina.
- Until Warren Kean comes off the nine-game injured list, the Eskimos' emergency in-game punter is Mathieu Bertrand.
If Sean Fleming got hurt during a game, the fullback would be pressed into duty.
That is why he was briefly taking turns with Fleming punting in practice last week.
"I was a really good punter when I was 16 or 17 years old," said Bertrand.
"My first year in college - at Laval university - I was a punter, too."
In fact, Bertrand punted in his first Vanier Cup game.
- Dan Comiskey is stuck on the football sidelines because of a torn left calf muscle, but his other career is going along just fine.
Comiskey owns Champion Irrigation, a company that installs and repairs lawn sprinklers in the Edmonton area.
"My dad started this in 1982 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan," said Comiskey. "Basically, we grew up doing it.
"We are all sprinkling men (in my family).
"Once it gets in your blood you like it and you have got to look forward (in your life)."
The all-star left guard is overseeing a three-man crew that is busy five days a week.