Over exposure on the field

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

CALGARY -- It was butt ugly.

On a day when there was a record four-and-a-half streakers, only the members of the Eskimos secondary were more exposed than the four totally naked idiots and one partially nude dolt who came out of the stands.

One of the streakers was tackled by a female security guard who was rewarded with a drink of water and a high five from a Calgary player at the bench. It was a better job of tackling than several Eskimos showed at the annual strip show.

This could have been one of those classic Edmonton Labour Day wins here.

As has happened so often in the past, the Eskimos were presented with a plethora of points as a result of Stampeder turnovers. Calgary took two major fouls on the same play. A field goal even bounced in off the post. Edmonton led 18-7 early.

Put the beer on the bus.

But no. Whoa. Not these Eskimos.

This is a team which isn't healthy enough - and maybe not good enough even if they were healthy enough - to benefit from 17 points off turnovers in the first half.

If this were one of those 34 consecutive years the Eskimos made the playoffs and they were coming in here with a 6-2 record, you'd probably write this off to spit happening the other way on Labour Day.

But this is a team that when it isn't busting body parts, insists on shooting themselves in the foot and has the body language of a bunch of losers.

You get 17 points off turnovers and Ricky Ray goes 20 for 26 for 356 yards of offence, but the guys on the other side of the ball give up 517 yards?

Gimme a D! Gimme a fence!

"We just have to get back on the bus and go home and fix a few of the problems," said head coach Danny Maciocia.

What we watched here yesterday was the story of the season so far.

It was the story of last season.

It's a sorry story and nobody is going to feel sorry for Maciocia coming home with a 3-5-1 record at the halfway point of the season and he knows it.

"People don't care. Nobody wants to hear your story about how you just flew in and you are here for the first time.

"People just don't give a flying flip.

"That is what it comes down to.

"I said to the players, 'All we got is one another. We are going to go home and regroup.'

"We know we've got to go home and fix it up right now.We just have to get back on the bus and go home and fix a few of the problems.

"Maybe I'll stop by the Santa Maria Goretti church, say a little prayer and go back to work.

"It's tough to keep shipping them in. It's either build off it, or bring in a truckload," he said of the airlift that has already been in progress.

"Every time you bring them in, you have to make still more changes. Hopefully, some of these guys we can have back in the lineup."

If you want to feel sorry for somebody, feel sorry for Ricky Ray. He doesn't have anybody to throw the ball to or to hand it to, especially on second and two.

"You don't want to start feeling sorry for yourself. You don't want to start telling yourself, 'It's not my fault. It's somebody else's fault.' " said Ray.

He said it's easy to point the fingers at a defence which gives up 514 yards of offence. But the offence has to look in the mirror, too.

"We play well for only one half," said Ray, who had the Eskimos up 22-10 early against Saskatchewan in their previous outing and called it quits for the day.

"We score 21 points in the first half today and only three in the second half. That inconsistency keeps costing us ball games.

"We come out and go two-and-out and they score a touchdown. We go two-and-out again and they score another touchdown. We lose the momentum and never find a way to overcome that.

"We are never able to counter what another team has done to us. We don't know how to face adversity.

"We either stand there and keep taking punches or we punch back. We're lacking the punch back. We lose momentum, we've got to get it back. We have to find what's missing there."

And it's about stopping by the Santa Maria Goretti church, Danny.

Lose the next one and you better try the Vatican.


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