Esks pump up the volume

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:00 PM ET

VANCOUVER - The Edmonton Eskimos are ready to bring da noise.

In fact, they’ve been bringing it all week, piping in recorded crowd noise in their indoor training facility to simulate the noisy environment they expect to face at BC Place Stadium on Sunday.

“It’s as close as you can get to simulating the game as possible,” said Eskimos running back Calvin McCarty. “When you hear the noise, you close your eyes and picture a bunch of B.C. Lions fans and that’s the environment we’re going in.

“The more prepared we can be, the better we can execute.”

Crowd noise is the No. 1 thing that makes homefield an advantage in football.

“When we’re in a hurry-up offence or even just trying to get the calls in a little quicker, the crowd noise can affect that a bit,” McCarty said. “So you’ve got guys relaying signs and going over signs again. Just like going over plays, it’s the same thing.

“I’m sure this one will be louder than the last few.”

The Eskimos weren’t the only ones tuning out the noise in practice. While Lions quarterback Travis Lulay will have near-complete quiet while running the offence Sunday, it’s a luxury that won’t be shared with his defensive counterparts as the B.C. fans crank it up in efforts to disrupt the Eskimos offence.

“That’s when it gets loud,” Lulay said. “The defence has to communicate and make calls, too. It can make it tougher on them even though you hope it makes it tougher on their offence.”

It’s a tactic the Lions have employed in practice over the past few weeks.

“I think we’ve done it in part just to try to increase the focus level,” Lulay said. “It makes it that much more difficult to communicate and not get flustered by the situation.

“So it just helps us dial in at practice and that’s why we’ve done it.”

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