No time to look back

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

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How can you continue living in a house that's just collapsed?

Just don't dwell in it any- more.

After the walls came crashing down on the second-worst loss in Edmonton Eskimos history, there's no way to change history.

Maybe you can't put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

But how does a team move on now?

"How don't you?" receiver Kamau Peterson said yesterday. "We're professionals here. There are days you're going to be on top and there are days you're not. The moving on part is easy."

In the wacky CFL, teams can go from the penthouse to the outhouse in a hurry.

It was just two weeks ago that the Eskimos beat Winnipeg and B.C., teams that had a combined 8-0 record when they faced Edmonton.

"To me, the score notwithstanding, anybody who understands CFL football or follows it, nobody believes that one team is 21 points better than another," said Peterson.

"Whether or not they were 21 points better that day is obviously evident, but it's not that day anymore.

"We'll wash that away and we'll get right back to work. I don't think anybody's hangin' on it."

Nobody would dispute it was an offensive gong show.

OVERSHADOWED

In Peterson's eyes, that overshadowed one of the better defensive efforts in a while.

"The defence was great - we just left them on the field too long," said Peterson.

"You can say what you want about the elements, but they had to play in them, too.

"We spotted them some points, which you cannot do down there. We came out flat, which you cannot do down there.

"Those things kinda snowballed on us."

The team has no choice but to move on.

The offensive buffoonery wasted a commendable defensive effort that held an opposition's offence to less than 400 yards offence for the first time in at least a half-dozen starts.

"How do you move on?" said defensive lineman Dario Romero, repeating the question.

"You go back and see what mistakes were made, see what could have been done better.

CONTENDING

"There's not much that can be said now. I don't know what happened. We've been contending the whole year and then all of a sudden, it's like ... I don't know."

Standing on the sidelines, Romero may have wondered if he had just been dropped into some type of surreal alternate universe.

"It didn't seem like we were getting beat," said Romero.

"I remember looking up at the scoreboard in the second quarter and it was 31 to something and it just didn't seem like that.

"All we could do was try to keep them out of the end zone as much as possible and basically try to get out of there.

"Definitely, I was embarrassed. This close to the playoffs, you want to be getting into a groove as a team and we just really fell off.

"We just have to get back on and find it and hopefully take some momentum into the playoffs."

Kicker Noel Prefontaine had a unique perch from which to watch the train wreck.

"It's unfortunate it's happening at this time." said Prefontaine. "The positive thing we have to look at, and the bottom line, is that we're in the playoffs.

"All you have to do is be 3-0 in the playoffs. We have to be happy about that fact and move on and put these games that have not gone our way behind us.

"Anything can happen from week to week. That's why you play the games."

There's four more days left to look in the mirror.


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