Eskimos look to the past

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos are hoping to break their retro-uniform jinx by going back to the year they won their fourth Grey Cup.

On Aug. 6, when they play host to the Toronto Argonauts, the Eskimos will be wearing uniforms circa the 1975 club that defeated Montreal for the Grey Cup title.

Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray modelled the look after practice on Monday.

“That was a good year for the Eskimos, so hopefully, it’ll bring us some good luck,” Ray said.

“I like the uniform, it looks sharp. I also like the white facemask, ours is green right now. The logo is a little different, too.”

Last year, the Eskimos lost all three games they played in retro uniforms.

Along with the new look, the Eskimos will also be adding Ron Estay’s name to their ring of honour.

The defensive lineman played nine seasons with the Eskimos and was part of the squad that won five consecutive Grey Cups from 1978 to 1982.

“I’m really happy for him,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. “I’ve known about it for a little while and talked to him a few months ago regarding it. I know this is icing on the cake for him. We used to tease him about not being on the wall when we would come here. But he’s a great person, and he’s really ecstatic about it.”

restelli on crutches: The prognosis does not look good for linebacker Mark Restelli, who went down with a knee injury on Sunday.

“I don’t really know what his status is, I’ll be meeting with the medical people later,” said Hall.

“But it’s not good, that’s what I heard. In the film you can’t really see it as well as you could on the TV broadcast.

“I just know going out there, he’s a tough kid and he was in a lot of pain.”

Restelli was walking around on crutches on Monday and most likely won’t be available when the Eskimos travel to Saskatchewan to take on the Roughriders on Saturday.

Kicker Noel Prefontaine, meanwhile, is still not certain whether he will be able to return next week.

Prefontaine missed Sunday’s game due to an undisclosed injury, forcing the Eskimos to activate Derek Schiavone against the Alouettes.

Schiavone hit five of six field goals in Prefontaine’s absence.


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