Extra Points

TERRY JONES

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

Notes, quotes, anecdotes and bunch of other items on which to chew as you contemplate the rematch of the 28-21 Tiger-Cats win over the Eskimos three weeks go in Hamilton where DeAndra' Cobb scored the winning touchdown with 46 seconds remaining. The two teams went into that one with 3-2 records. They both go into this one with 4-3 records.

TABBIES TAMER HERE: You know the way it's been in Never Wynne Stadium, where the Eskimos, with their 28-21 loss earlier this month, have now lost five of their last six games. It's a different deal here at home where the Eskimos have won six of the last seven. But that's nothin'. The Tiger-Cats have not won in Saskatchewan since Aug. 11, 2000 and, after losing there two weeks ago, that'll make it a decade.

The Tiger-Cats also have an 11-game losing streak against the Roughriders. The Tiger-Cats have only won seven games in Commonwealth Stadium in the last 30 years and have lost 48 of the 76 games the two teams have played home and away in their history.

THE NAME GAME: Patrick Kabongo vs Siddeeq Shabazz? After a round of voting for members of each team, TSN produced the following finalists: Zac Champion (BC), Weston Dressler (Sask), Diamond Ferri (Mtl), Dan Goodspeed (Ham), Kabongo, Willie Pile (Tor), Ken-Yon Rambo (Cgy) and Shabazz.

The people who gave you Maggie The Monkey have really struck on something here. But it needs another stage. Who has the all-time best CFL name?

The Eskimos would have strong representation. Not only do you have Kabongo and ex-Eskimo Shabazz, there's been E. Greenard Poles, J.P. Izquirdo, Charles Assmann, Caesar Belser, Imokhai Atogwe, Nereo Bolzon, Kojo Aidoo, Tyler Clutts, Rock Perdoni, Raleigh Roundtree and Jamaica Rector.

TI-CAT SENSATION: While DeAndra' Cobb has been a story in Steeltown, a couple other Tabbies are making a name for themselves on the defensive side of the ball this year as well. While Winnipeg Blue Bomber Barron Simpson led the league with 52 tackles a game at the byes break, Jamall Johnson has 47 through the first seven games and Markeith Knowlton has 42. The CFL record is held by Calvin Tiggle -- 129 in 1994. Zeke Moreno owns the Tiger-Cat record with 114 set in 2007. At their bye break paces, Simpson would end up with 134, Johnson 121 and Knowlton 108.

CROWD COUNTS: Edmonton fans lead the league in attendance every year. But thanks to four straight Thursday games to open the season with some iffy weather, the Eskimos aren't running up the turnstile totals like you'd expect so far this season. Despite a first place team and the highest season ticket total since the 2002 Grey Cup game was held here, the Eskimos sit second to the defending Grey Cup champion and Grey Cup host Calgary Stampeders going the bye weeks of the CFL regular season in average attendance: 1. Calgary 35,013, 2. Edmonton 32,645, 3. Saskatchewan 30,578, 4. British Columbia 28,054, 5. Winnipeg 27,648. 6. Toronto, 26,210, 7. Hamilton 21,704, 8. Montreal 20,202.

NEXT UP: The cure for the crowd count problem? The Labour Day Replay Friday Sept. 13 followed by the only regular season visit by the Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday Sept. 26. Those two games drew 46,014 and 48,808 respectively last year.

LET'S GO RETRO

This season the CFL is going retro with a tribute to the '60s which will include the Eskimos playing three home games in '60s retro uniforms. Remember the '60s?

'60s TRIVIA: In 1964 the Eskimos created a new model for their board of directors. The new group became known as the ....

a. Fearful Foursome.

b. Scared Seven.

c. Nervous Nine.

d. Exasperated Eleven.

e. Terrified Twenty-two.

NAME THAT '60s ESKIMO PLAYER: Five clues to name the player who performed for the Eskimos in the '60s.

1. Joined Eskimos in 1968.

2. Played six seasons.

3. Inducted to the University of Alberta Sports Wall of Fame.

4. Former president of the Law Society of Alberta.

5. Has been legal council for the Canadian Football League Players Association since 1974.

BY THE NUMBERS: Believe it or not, records, actual positive records, were set in the '60s. Like the interception records by defensive back John Wydareny. Which of the following is no longer an Eskimo record?

a. Longest return - 107 yards (TD), 1967.

b. Most return yards in a game - 127, 1967.

c. Most interception return yards, career, 747.

d. Most interceptions, single season - 11, 1969.

e. Most interceptions, game - 3, 1968.

TRIVIA ANSWERS ON PAGE 19

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WHO IS THIS KID WHO GREW UP TO BE AN ESKIMO?

Every Eskimo started off in sports as a kid with the same kind of dreams as the kids who now sit in the stands to watch them play. Can you figure out which of today's Eskimos started out as the kid pictured? Here are some clues:

1. He was born in San Antonio, Texas.

2. He was a standout at Colorado State University.

3. He was a four-time CFL West Division All-Star during his nine years as a defensive back with Calgary and Saskatchewan.

4. He won the Tom Pate Award for his dedication to the community.


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