Battle has changed since Reed's day

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:56 PM ET

EDMONTON - Keep your enemies close.

While the proximity of Edmonton and Calgary make for a great provincial rivalry, the competition hasn’t been nearly as close as the 300-km distance recently.

“Calgary was a very good team in 2010. They have been a very good team for the last few years,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “They are well-coached, they’re a team that plays aggressive from start to finish. We need to get to that level.

“We need to make certain that when we play the Calgary Stampeders, we’re not intimidated by them.”

The rivalry has changed considerably from the atmosphere Reed played in as an Eskimos defensive back from 1995-99.

“I think it has,” Reed said. “It’s a rivalry where as the players change, the tradition of the rivalry changes a bit.

“I think having some old-school guys in terms of the coaches, we will be able to rekindle that.”

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