Worth 1,000 words

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

Lost in the media hoopla surrounding the Edmonton Eskimos drive - or sputtering drive - to the playoffs is the fact the club will play its 1,000th regular-season game tomorrow.

Over 60 seasons, the Esks have put together a colourful history full of stunning accomplishments and oddities.

Here is a look - with statistical help from Brian Desjarlais - at some of the highlights and unique moments in the past 999 regular-season tilts.

GAME 1

AUG. 29, 1949

The first game was against Calgary - and ended on a losing note 20-6.

GAME 29

AUG. 25, 1951

In Winnipeg, the Esks won 30-24 with 67 rushing attempts.

That still stands as a team record today. In comparison, this year's Eskimo edition is averaging 17 carries a game.

GAME 35

SEPT. 15, 1951

In a victory against Calgary the Esks rushed the ball for 441 yards, which is still a team record.

GAME 241

SEPT. 13, 1964

The Toronto road game marked the first time Edmonton had ever played on a Sunday.

GAME 464

AUG. 23, 1978

The last game played in Clarke Stadium went into the history books as a win against Winnipeg.

"I can tell you what the atmosphere was. It was loud, raucous," said Bryan Hall, who called that game on radio.

"A lot of people sat there I'm sure tipped a few (drinks) and toasted all the great memories of Clarke Stadium - which there were many, many, many."

GAME 465

AUG. 30, 1978

One week later the Eskimos played their first game at Commonwealth Stadium, defeating B.C.

"I remember dressing in Clarke Stadium. The locker rooms weren't ready yet (at Commonwealth Stadium). Walked across into this house and it was an unbelievable thrill," said Dan Kepley, who played in that game.

"We had a new home and we had the best (stadium) that was in the business at the time."

GAME 530

SEPT. 6, 1982

Edmonton is defeated in the Labour Day Classic in Calgary to sink to 3-5.

But it marked the last loss for the Esks that year as they rattled off 10 consecutive victories to capture their fifth straight Grey Cup.

"Coach (Hugh) Campbell came into the locker-room and he said mathematically if we win the rest of our games we can get into the playoffs," remembered Kepley.

"We looked at each other and we literally said: '(Bleep) it, let's do it for us. Let's show we are still a damn good football team.' "

GAME 716

JULY 31, 1993

In a historical moment, the Green and Gold played their first game outside of Canada by arriving in Sacramento.

The memories from that trip are still vivid for equipment manager Dwayne Mandrusiak.

"We went on a road trip but we went on a holiday," said Mandrusiak.

"It was 110 degrees, our guys played beach volleyball at the hotel."

The dressing room set-up was so strange that each team could hear the opposing coach talk before the game.

Edmonton won 43-11.

GAME 748

NOV. 5, 1994

The smallest crowd for an Eskimos game at Commonwealth Stadium - 14,228 - showed up for a tilt that was originally scheduled to be in Las Vegas.

GAME 904

SEPT. 5, 2003

A CFL record 62,444 fans show up to watch Edmonton win at home 38-0 against Calgary.

Current Eskimo Kamau Peterson played for the Stampeders that night.

"That was one of the loudest I have heard any stadium since the Grey Cup (in 2001) when we were at the Big O (Olympic Stadium)," said Peterson.

"I remember asking somebody: 'Do they get this (big a crowd) every game?'"

GAME 930

JUNE 30, 2005

Ricky Ray hooks up with Jason Tucker for a 105-yard reception in Winnipeg.

"It was something that was designed to be a high percentage pass - about a six, seven-yard gain except if they gave us a particular look where we told Tuck to run right by (the defender)," remembered head coach Danny Maciocia.

"And we got that look."


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