EDMONTON - When we last left the Edmonton Eskimos after the final regular season game at home last year, three quarters of the seats were empty.
The Eskimos announced a paid attendance of 27,633, the lowest of the season and fourth consecutive announced paid attendance under 30,000.
A more accurate picture was provided by the 50-50 payouts. Those numbers they couldn’t fudge.
They went from $127,875 to $80,962 to $61,810 to $61,777 to $49,237 to $43,570.
When we last left the Eskimos after they lost their final home game of the regular season, they had one win at home to show for the entire year.
The Eskimos had never had a one-win season at home.
“They deserve better,” said quarterback Mike Reilly in an impassioned speech in the dressing room after that game.