Eskimos edged by Stampeders, suffer 1st loss

Calgary Stampeders' Jock Sanders cuts left to avoid Edmonton Eskimos' Cameron  Sheffield and...

Calgary Stampeders' Jock Sanders cuts left to avoid Edmonton Eskimos' Cameron Sheffield and Gregory Alexandre during their CFL football game in Edmonton July 24, 2014. (REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:44 AM ET

With more eyes on the 50/50 draw than the scoreboard at Commonwealth Stadium Thursday, the Edmonton Eskimos suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of their provincial rivals.

A 26-22 Calgary Stampeders win bumped them to the top of the West Division with a 4-0 record, while the Eskimos head into their bye week following a 4-1 start.

There were 40,066 in attendance, but not nearly that many in the seats, lining up by the hundreds to purchase 50-50 tickets in support of Edmonton minor football after the last game's went unclaimed and was carried over.

That someone didn't come forth and claim the $70,000-plus pot the first time around is almost as puzzling as Eskimos head coach Chris Jones's decision at the end of the half to run a fake punt out of his own end zone with the game tied 13-13.


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