Bad memories of McMahon

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:44 AM ET

CALGARY — Forget that Sunday’s meeting in McMahon Stadium will feature the best against the worst in the CFL’s West Division.

The last-place Edmonton Eskimos would love nothing more than to help knock the Calgary Stampeders off of the top spot.

However, it would be small consolation for last year’s 24-21 loss in the semifinal round of playoffs.

But vengeance isn’t the first thing on the Eskimos’ mind, even though they’ve had plenty of time to ponder it.

“I went home during the off-season and thought about the three tackles that I missed that gave them a first down every time I missed,” said Eskimos middle linebacker Maurice Lloyd. “It’s unfinished business for me to the point of finishing tackles and finishing my plays, but unfinished business saying we need to beat them in Calgary? No, not at all.

“When you think that way you get out of your character and focus point on what you need to go down and do ... and that’s play team ball, not individual ball.”

Sunday will be the first of three regular-season meetings between the Alberta rivals.

“We played them five times last year and we lost to them four. All of them were pretty tight games except for the one down (there) on Labour Day, they took it to us pretty good,” said Ricky Ray. “Every other one came down to the wire. We know it’s going to be a little battle and we’ve got a little payback coming. They beat us up pretty good last year.”

As much as they’d like to get off on the right foot in the series this year, the Eskimos have bigger things to worry about.

“Right now, we’re 1-5. There’s no other way to sugarcoat it,” said Lloyd. “We need to get off on the right foot regardless of who we’re playing. It would just be a great start to come out here and have a chance to beat Calgary, but at the same time we just need to go out there and play football.”


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