Esks on outdoors adventure

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:30 PM ET

No one needs to tell Noel Prefontaine just how difficult it is to reach the Grey Cup final.

The 13-year veteran, who has kicked around three different leagues in his career, has only reached the CFL’s championship once — a 27-19 Toronto Argonauts victory over the B.C. Lions in Ottawa in 2004.

It was his second championship as a professional, coming on the heels of the one and only XFL championship while kicking for the Los Angeles Xtreme in 2001.

But there is no comparison with winning a Grey Cup.

“It’s a great week,” Prefontaine recalled. “The first couple days you just kind of soak everything in and you realize you accomplished part of what you want to accomplish. You got to the championship game.

“The bigger part, actually, is going out there and getting the ring and winning it with the guys that you’ve played with and you’ve went through pain and the ups and downs with.”

He wants nothing more than to still be in Commonwealth Stadium on Nov. 28.

With the Eskimos’ only visit to Toronto moved to Moncton, N.B., while the B.C. Lions are playing outdoors at Empire Field during B.C. Place Stadium is renovations, Prefontaine won’t get to play under a dome this season.

“Aw, boo! Boo,” Prefontaine smiled. “I guess that’s what I get for playing 10 years (indoors) in Toronto.

“I don’t mind too much, I say that knowing some games are going to fall under some bad weather days. Hopefully we don’t have too many of those, but I’m not to concerned that we’re not playing in a dome.

“The bottom line is, when do we ever practise in a dome? We practise outside, so let’s play outside.”


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