Coe's mother knows best

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

Scott Coe has received his mother's advice.

Now the Edmonton Eskimos linebacker has to decide if he's going to follow that advice.

Getting ready for the Labour Day classic in Calgary (Sept. 1, 2 p.m., TSN) - which is the Esks' next game - Coe is trying to decide if he's dyeing his hair for the most anticipated game of the regular season.

This will mark his first Labour Day battle as a member of the Esks after joining the club on Aug. 5.

As a member of the Calgary Stampeders for four years before joining the Green and Gold, Coe dyed his hair red for some Labour Day games against Edmonton.

But Kathleen Coe wants her son to keep his normal dark blonde hair colour for this Labour Day tilt.

"I think my mom wants me to keep it normal. She said it is a new city and a new start - try to be an upstanding gentleman and normal," said Coe. "So, I have to take her request at least into mind."

NO GUARANTEE

But Coe isn't guaranteeing he will honour his mother's wishes.

The 28-year-old isn't saying if he will emerge from the visitor's locker-room at McMahon Stadium with a green-dyed mop of hair or if it will feature green streaks.

"That is something I have to keep under my breath," he slyly said.

As for the actual game, Coe knows it will be slightly strange to be coming out of a different tunnel in front of a sold-out McMahon Stadium on the holiday Monday.

"It will be different. I am excited," he remarked.

"Yeah, you are on the other sideline. But the bottom line is you got to get out there and have some fun and get a win."

Coe has proven to be a valuable addition to the Green and Gold since being cut by the Stampeders in the off-season.

He's filling a non-import roster spot and receiving more playing time.

QUICK HIT: JOHN COMISKEY WILL BE PLAYING IN HIS FIRST LABOUR DAY GAME WEARING AN ESKIMO JERSEY.

The starting centre was traded by Calgary - after spending three seasons with the Stamps - to Edmonton on draft day this past spring.

But Comiskey doesn't feel this is going to be a strange game.

"I don't feel like it is going to be strange at all," he commented.

"I know when we played in Calgary this year (during the pre-season), it was a feeling of comfort. I felt as if I know all these guys. This is just like I am at practice. We practised an awful lot at McMahon Stadium when I was a player there.

"It was nothing like a game. It was something like I have been through hundreds of times."

FINISH LINES: IF THE ESKIMOS GO ON A ROLL IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR, HEAD COACH DANNY MACIOCIA WILL DESERVE CREDIT FOR MANAGING HIS PLAYERS PROPERLY.

Not only did Maciocia give his troops an entire week off during the bye, he's letting the players have an extended break after Thursday's win.

The team is scheduled to be away from the practice field for at least five days after last Thursday's defeat of Saskatchewan.

The 18-game regular season is a long grind. It can come down to the survival of the fittest.

PARTING SHOT: "I THINK THE SKY IS THE LIMIT WITH OUR SQUAD. I REALLY DO BELIEVE OUR O-LINE IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE LEAGUE," SAID COMISKEY AFTER THE ESKS GAINED 225 NET YARDS RUSHING ON THURSDAY.


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