Eskimos misfire on both sides of the ball in home opener

Eskimos RB John Whyte is tackled during first-hjalf action Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. (Perry...

Eskimos RB John Whyte is tackled during first-hjalf action Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. (Perry Nelson, Edmonton Sun)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:29 PM ET

It was supposed to be like opening the bottle to the beginning of the ‘Return To Relevance’ for the Edmonton Eskimos.

Instead, it was like opening a container with a due date going back to, oh, 1966.

And they reeked. They were rotten.

Like they were in losing their home opener 40-13 to Saskatchewan in 1966. Or 52-15 vs Calgary in 1964, a 33-0 loss vs Calgary in 1988, a 44-22 loss at Calgary in 2000, a 34-16 loss vs Montreal in 2003 and a 34-13 loss at Saskatchewan in 2008.

The stink and the stench of their 39-18 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders for openers may stay in the big stadium where the Eskimos had lost 41 of their previous 50 games and 12 of the last 14 until gang green returns Aug. 24.

The final score flattered the Eskimos.

Edmonton was down 15-0 before the Saskatchewan fans had adjusted the watermelons on their heads.

The idea was that the Eskimos had a chance to succeed this season because of a defensive front seven which wou


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