Esks, Stamps play in the ice, ice, baby

Calgary Stampeders Jon Cornish takes a call during first half CFL action against Edmonton Eskimos...

Calgary Stampeders Jon Cornish takes a call during first half CFL action against Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on Friday, November 2, 2012. (AMBER BRACKEN/QMI AGENCY)

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:03 AM ET

Was that Vanilla Ice or was that white stuff in the end zone just a bunch of snow?

Whoever figured it would be a good idea to bring in the aging rapper must have had a pipeline to Bryan Hall’s guy.

Even though there’s always been a suspicion that Hall’s guy is Hall himself, demonstrating his ability to sell tickets to games where the weather is always going to be great.

In any event, Ice proved to be the theme of the night as the defences struggled to get their early footing.

Calgary receiver Joe West was all alone while the Edmonton defenders were slipping and sliding, leaving West to score the game’s first TD.

Eskimos receiver rattled off a slippery 27-yard catch from Matt Nichols on Edmonton’s first play.

And Edmonton punt returner Joe Burnett bobbed and weaved as tackers slipped and slid on an early 21-yard punt return.

All this in the first quarter.

Good thing the Eskimos had already Iced their playoff spot, so they were not Under Pressure.

You knew this was going to be a weird one.

Especially when Vanilla Ice’s current drummer’s name is Clint Eastwood. No kidding.

THIRD AND LONG

With a position in the playoffs already locked it was time for some fun.

Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed gambled on a third and three ... and Cory Boyd blasted through for five yards.

Looked like he was going to do it again as the offence lined up on third and nearly two.

Penalty froze out that chance, no thanks to Vanilla Ice.

NEW FACES

Auditions for the 2013 season came early for a trio of Eskimos who were getting their first starts of the year.

Corner Pete Ittersagen has been on the practise roster all year and stepped in for the injured Rod Williams.

Offensive lineman Matthew O’Donnell, who came over from Saskatchewan in the trade for receiver Greg Carr, lined up with the starting five after playing a back-up role all season.

And, defensive lineman Kade Weston saw his first action in an Eskimos uniform, stepping in for Almondo Sewell.

SWEEP

Who do these guys think they are — the San Francisco Giants?

That’s four straight wins for the Calgary Stampeders over the Eskimos this year.

Not even Vanilla Ice could freeze out the Hated Horsemen, who have played on their frozen home field the past two weeks.

TEMPERS FLARE

Grant Shaw missed a 40-yard field goal attempt early in the fourth quarter and a melee broke out.

Right in the middle of the action was Shaw, who exchanged a few pleasantries with Calgary’s Fred Bennett.

RUNNING STREAK

Eskimos hit the third quarter running after gaining 28 yards along the ground in the first half.

Cory Boyd eclipsed that on three carries.

He gained 37 yards and moved the chains three times as each run went for a first down.

Boyd then added a 21-yard TD late in the third.

CASH FOR THE KIDS

The Eskimos president and CEO Len Rhodes presented $450,000 cheque in support of minor football in northern Alberta.

This year’s increase of 53% over the 2011 cheque was attributed to the automated 50/50 draw.

The average 50/50 payout this season was just over $78,000, with the pool going over $100,000 three times.

JERSEY SPOTTING

The guy wearing the No. 12 Maas will have his choice of who to cheer for when the CFL playoffs kick off on Sunday.

Cheer for the memory of high-energy quarterback Jason Maas as an example of an all-time Eskimos player.

Or cheer for Jason Maas, the Toronto Argos quarterbacks coach, whose team is hosting the CFL East semifinal.

Plenty of time to figure it out, buddy.

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