Daily Eskimos playoff primer

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

Hoping to be ready for any possible weather problem, the Edmonton Eskimos are taking plenty of extra equipment for the trip to Winnipeg.

In fact, equipment manager Dwayne Mandrusiak estimates the club is going to take over 100 "pieces" of equipment on the flight tomorrow.

Pieces of equipment is a reference to trunks and bags, meaning it will take a large truck to transport everything from the Winnipeg airport to Canad Inns Stadium.

The weather forecast for Saturday's East Division semifinal game between the Eskimos and Blue Bombers in the Manitoba capital is variable cloud and a high of minus-2 with a north wind at 25 kmh.

But the forecast leading to the game is ugly, with a winter storm watch for Winnipeg stretching across today and tomorrow.

Environment Canada is suggesting there could be 10 to 15 cm of snow by Friday afternoon.

Mandrusiak will not talk about how many pairs of shoes players will be taking to Winnipeg to test on the artificial surface.

But he admits he's taking 25% more equipment on the chartered flight compared to a normal game.

For a good weather game the Esks take 74 trunks/bags on the road.

Among the items being packed for tomorrow's trip: polypropylene one-piece body suits, polypropylene shirts and bottoms, toe warmers, hand warmers, parkas, thermal socks and balaclavas.

The polypropylene shirts - regarded as better than dri-fit material for cold-weather games - aren't cheap, costing the team $91 per top.

FAST STAT

Marcus Winn - who made four tackles for the Eskimos in the 2005 Grey Cup game - is still with the Bombers.

But the linebacker is not expected to play this week. He has been a scratch for weeks.


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