QB Mike Reilly has proven that he's guy to lead Eskimos

The numbers put up by Mike Reilly are at or near the top of the league across the board, but Argos...

The numbers put up by Mike Reilly are at or near the top of the league across the board, but Argos QB Ricky Ray continues to receive the lion's share of broadcast coverage. (Ian Kucerk/QMI Agency)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:48 PM ET

EDMONTON - Back in the same year the Edmonton Eskimos were capping off their five-in-a-row Grey Cups, Toni Basil’s pop song, Oh Mickey, soared to the top of the charts.

In case you don’t remember 1982, or weren’t around then, it began with: “Oh, Mickey, you’re so fine; You’re so fine you blow my mind.”

Well, change the M to an R, and that must be what it feels like for current Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly to read and listen to the local and national media’s constant obsession with his predecessor. In particular, the weekly national television love-fest from coast to coast promoting the future Hall-of-Famer and the Toronto marketplace. But, at what cost? Is it often unfair to Reilly?

Last year, when the Eskimos stumbled to an embarrassing 4-14 record, newspaper columns and the national airwaves were filled with countless references to the Ricky Ray trade with continual inferences that the Eskimos struggles were directly related. That had to burn deep inside the prideful Reilly, the talented young quarterback of the Green and Gold.


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