CLEVELAND -- Josh Green is confident in the Edmonton Eskimos.
So confident, in fact, he brought a Joe Montford jersey to the MTS Centre earlier this week and had Manitoba Moose equipment manager Corey Osmak parading around in it in the locker-room area.
When Osmak wasn't wearing it, the white jersey with green and gold trim was found hanging in the stall of Moose forward Alexandre Burrows, a Montreal product and ardent Alouettes fan.
So with the Canadian Football League's 93rd Grey Cup on tap today at B.C. Place, the official predictions were easy to assume but we sought them out anyway.
"Do you even have to ask? Eskimos by 60," said Green. "OK, I'm going to say 34-20 Eskies."
Green doesn't expect the Esks' quarterback controversy to be a factor either.
"Ricky Ray is going to play the whole game and (receiver) Jason Tucker is going to be the MVP," said Green. "It's a big game (for Ray) and it's now or never for him. He's got to put together a whole game and I'm sure he's sick of getting pulled too."
After initially suggesting the Als would win in a blowout, Burrows scaled it back but stuck by his hometown team.
"Maybe not a blowout, it's going to be a close game but the Alouettes are going to come through," said Burrows, who made a few friendly wagers with his teammates. "Anthony Calvillo will probably have a big game and the defence is going to have another big game."
If Montreal manages to pull it out, don't be surprised to see an Alouettes jersey hanging in Green's stall on Tuesday, when the Moose return home to face the Syracuse Crunch.