The barber of E-ville

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:16 AM ET

Richie Hall had to make all the cuts to the Edmonton Eskimos roster during the preseason, but on the eve of their regular-season opener, the head coach left all the cutting up to one of his players.

He had a little taken off the top by slotback Jason Barnes following the team’s walkthrough at Commonwealth Stadium Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the B.C. Lions (5 p.m., TSN).

“I usually get my hair cut the day before every game, it goes back to when I was a player,” said Hall, who played for the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1983-1991.

“Jason Barnes was trimming, so he kind of hooked me up instead of going to a barber on a Saturday. You know what that’s like.”

Good hands

Hall knew he was in good hands with Barnes — or, at least, that Barnes has good hands.

“If you look good, you play good. But if you don’t play good, at least you still look good, right?” said Hall, who was followed by linebacker T.J. Hill and running back Arkee Whitlock.

“It’s tough to find a good barber. It was an unexpected, spontaneous trim, so I’m happy.”

B.C. Lions head coach Wally Buono recognized Hall had a head for football that went much deeper than hair when he coached the former defensive back in Calgary.

“He was always a heady football player and always played with a tremendous amount of passion and emotion,” said Buono, the most-winning coach in CFL history.

“He used to coach me in Calgary when I was a player and it’s hard to believe I’m on the same playing field as far as being a head coach,” Hall said.

“When I watch him, I just try to see how he does things as far as how I can learn, how I can be a better coach, how I can become a better person.”

– Moddejonge


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