Pops on a leash

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

The sideshow is becoming more interesting than the games involving the B.C. Lions and Edmonton Eskimos.

Adam Braidwood's father is going to be in the Commonwealth Stadium stands this afternoon - but is vowing to behave this time after confronting Rob Murphy after the first game in the season series.

"(My wife) has got a leash (for me)," said Bill Braidwood, the father of the Esks' sophomore defensive end.

"It's an electronic choker."

Joking aside from Bill, his son has set some serious ground rules for today's game after dealing with the fallout from the July 6 contest at B.C. Place.

After that game, Bill confronted Murphy - the Lions' top-rated and aggressive lineman - and delivered some hard-hitting words.

"I went up to him and (said): 'You're a disgrace to the CFL,' " recalled Bill yesterday before sitting down to lunch in Edmonton.

"The Lions sent (news of the altercation) to the press.

"I should send them a bill for all the publicity they got from it."

There will be no such meeting today at Commonwealth, though, because Bill has been banned from field access.

"He is not allowed on the ramp. He is not allowed down by the field, but he is allowed to wear his Adam Braidwood jersey," said Adam.

HAVING FUN WITH IT

Murphy couldn't resist having some fun with the whole ordeal yesterday after touching down in the city.

"I am little nervous. I got a phone call from my dad last night and he is not going to make it (to the game), he has got to work," cracked Murphy, an offensive tackle.

"But I put a call into my wife's dad and hopefully they can airdrop him in here before kickoff."

While the sideshow seems to grow funnier by the moment, the battle on the field between Murphy and Braidwood will be one to watch today.

The two warriors took turns bashing each other in the head in July, with helmets popping off left and right.

It was those type of exchanges that cleared fuelled Bill to speak his mind.

The extracurricular stuff on the field also led to Murphy being tossed out of the game in the summer.

"I got tripped and I was on the ground and Kelly Bates and (Murphy) jumped on top of me and he was trying to choke me and I was trying to choke him," recalled Braidwood on the play that got Murphy booted to the dressing room.

After the players got up from the pile up, it was a blow to the facemask from Murphy to Braidwood that led to the ejection.

"There is no love lost there," continued Braidwood. "He is going to get after me. I am going to get after him.

"We will both probably try to keep it legal. Those fines can get a little hefty.

"Me getting kicked out this game doesn't help this team at all."

WILLING VILLAIN

Murphy wants to stay in this game, as well. But all this talk is getting him fired up.

"I love playing on the road. I love when fans get on me. It gets me more fired up," he said. "I like it when people hate me."


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