Answering the call

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

Every Monday a Sun staffer gets to know a sports figure a little better in Up Close. This week Kirk Penton hits the grid-iron with Edmonton linebacker Scott Coe, a Winnipeg native and Kelvin graduate who will be at Canad Inns Stadium on Saturday when his Eskimos take on the Bombers in the CFL's East Division semifinal.

The Sun: You are known to dye your hair now and again. What colour is it right now?

Scott Coe: Funny question, because since it is Halloween and I went out as the Riddler, my hair is bright, bright, bright orange.

TS: What colour will it be on Saturday?

SC: Yet to be determined.

TS: When was your last playoff game at Canad Inns Stadium?

SC: Wow. My last playoff game would be the big win that the University of Manitoba had over McMaster for the Churchill Bowl (in 2001).

TS: So you'll have good vibes on Saturday then?

SC: Absolutely. Shane Munson took a quarterback sneak for about 70 yards. That was our big game-winner. I'll never forget it.

TS: You had to play a safety earlier this year. How good are you as a safety?

SC: Not very. Out of place, to say the least. But the more you can do, the better.

TS: How close you were to becoming a full-time insurance salesman earlier this year?

SC: Very close, and I still plan on pursuing that venue with my uncle. My uncle would be my boss, so I really enjoy that. He's kind of taken me under his wing, and I really appreciate him for that. It's something I'm definitely looking forward to in the off-season, to get back to work.

TS: But you were close to packing it in for good as a football player, were you not?

SC: I was literally a weekend away. I sat in the Stampeder locker-room with Wes Lysack and I said, 'Yeah, I'm done.' It was August long weekend. The next day I played in a volleyball tournament, and I actually got a call from (Esks) coach (Danny) Maciocia, who said, 'Do you mind coming to play?' I said, 'Oh, wow. Do you mind if I call you back?' I had to talk to my uncle about work and see what was going on. He was very supportive. I talked to my parents and they said, 'Listen, just go play. Work's going to be there.' I called Maciocia back and said I was driving up the road.

TS: Were you close to becoming a Bomber?

SC: I talked to Winnipeg. My agent had talked to Winnipeg. They had some guys there in place already at linebacker. I thought maybe with the injury to Barrin (Simpson) that I might get a call. Between myself and Brian Clark, both of us were thinking the calls would come, but they had some young guys in place and then obviously the trade was made for Zeke (Moreno). So unfortunately it didn't work.

TS: Obviously you want to win a Grey Cup, but how badly would you want to beat Calgary in the big game, considering they cut you earlier this year?

SC: You're not the only one to ask that. It would be great, don't get me wrong, to play Calgary in a Grey Cup. It'd be fantastic. But I have a lot of very close friends on that team that I wish all the best. I really hope that if we don't win that they certainly can pull it off.

TS: If the Bombers are your victims along the way, that's perfectly fine with you?

SC: I do not have a problem with that whatsoever. I've never won a playoff game in my career. I've played three playoff games, and I've never won a playoff game before.


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