Big week for Kamau

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:29 AM ET

Kamau Peterson is surely hoping this week ends the way it has started.

The Edmonton Eskimos receiver has been named the West Division's nominee for the CFL's Outstanding Canadian award.

A first-time finalist, Peterson is going against Montreal's Ben Cahoon for the honour, which will officially be handed out Nov. 20 during Grey Cup Week in Montreal.

The Football Reporters of Canada and the eight CFL head coaches have until Friday to make their vote on who should win, making sure playoff results will not impact balloting.

"It's great -- with the guys they had nominated," said Peterson on receiving the West Division nomination yesterday.

Added Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia: "There were a lot of people --this may come as a surprise -- that were critical of us signing KP (in February 2007) but I am glad we did.

"He has had an outstanding season. He filled that void when Jason Tucker went down and provided some leadership on and off the field.

"It was a huge acquisition."

The regular season stats between Peterson and Cahoon are very similar.

Peterson finished with 101 catches for 1,317 yards and four touchdowns.

Cahoon played one less game but had 107 receptions for 1,231 yards and seven majors.

Edmonton has not had an outstanding player award winner since Elfrid Payton (defensive) in 2002.

For Peterson, the outstanding Canadian nod for the West came one day after being named to the West Division all-star team.

After back-to-back days of good news to start the week, Peterson would like good news this weekend.

WEATHER WATCH

The weather forecast for Saturday's East Division playoff semifinal game in Winnipeg is getting worse by the day.

The Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers will kick off the tilt at noon CT (11 a.m. MT, TSN, CHED) and could be facing snow and a very chilly wind.

The projected high Saturday is minus-2 C with flurries and a 30 kmh wind from the north.

That comes after Friday's forecast of 5 cm of snow and the same blustery wind.

"I have never played in snow, so hopefully it won't snow," said Edmonton rookie receiver Kelly Campbell.

"As far as the cold and wind, I have been in that."

There are four rookies on the Esks' most recent 46-man roster -- Joe Anoai, Tyler Clutts, Tristan Jackson, Bradley Robinson -- who attended colleges in the southern U.S.

The weather Saturday could be a real eye-opener for them.

TICKET WATCH

The weather will not help the Bombers sell tickets at Canad Inns Stadium.

According to the most recent count, 23,950 tickets have been sold.

With capacity at 29,533, there are plenty of seats left.

The Bombers are hoping to make between $50,000-$200,000 on the game depending on the late ticket sales.

FINISH LINES

It appears Edmonton will continue to dress two running backs this week, as AJ Harris and Calvin McCarty are both receiving reps in practice... In an interesting move that shows it's playoff time, the Eskimos kept an employee at an entrance to Commonwealth Stadium yesterday morning to politely turn away any fans wanting to watch practice.


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