Coach's good luck charm?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Danny Maciocia's father has never witnessed his son lose a CFL playoff game while being a head coach.

The Eskimos are hoping that trend continues today.

Cosmo Maciocia - Danny's father - was scheduled to arrive in Winnipeg last night.

Whether he watches today's Eastern semifinal between the Esks and Winnipeg Blue Bombers on the sideline or in a private box upstairs at Canad Inns Stadium, will depend on the weather.

But he was at B.C. Place in 2005 when Edmonton defeated Montreal for the 2005 Grey Cup.

That was the last Eskimos' post-season game.

FULL CIRCLE? Shannon Garrett's first CFL game was in Winnipeg in 1995.

If the Eskimos lose today, Garrett's 14-year CFL career might end in the same stadium it started.

Garrett is contemplating retirement after this season.

"I had a lot of cold games here," said Garrett after the short walk from the bus to a stadium meeting room yesterday.

HURT PARADE: THE BOMBERS COULD BE WITHOUT 1,000-YARD RECEIVER TERRENCE EDWARDS TODAY, SUN MEDIA HAS LEARNED.

Dealing with a foot problem, Edwards will be a gametime decision.

Kerry Johnson will likely take Edwards' spot on the roster if he can't play in the winter conditions.

Johnson had just 166 receiving yards in the regular season and is averaging six yards less per catch (7.5) compared to Edwards.

FAST STAT: EDMONTON MIDDLE LINEBACKER AGUSTIN BARRENECHEA - THE QUARTERBACK OF THE DEFENCE - HAS NEVER WON A PLAYOFF GAME IN THE CFL.

FINISH LINES: MILT STEGALL'S GUARANTEE CALL IS IN TROUBLE.

Stegall guaranteed a Bombers' victory today if Winnipeg's stadium has a sold-out crowd of 29,533.

As of end of business yesterday, 26,750 tickets had been sold.


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