Inside the Eskimos coach in playoff form

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

Paranoia still reigns.

That was an interesting exchange concerning the starting quarterback in Edmonton last week. Eskimo reporters wanted to know if either Ricky Ray or Jason Maas was healthy enough to start.

"We can't say anything because we don't know," Maas told the Edmonton Sun. "Whether we do know, we're not saying. I'm not going to comment at all. You guys will find out tomorrow."

Ray was then asked if he was told who was going to start.

"No," he replied.

"Obviously, I feel like I can go tomorrow, I'm going to tell (head coach) Danny (Maciocia) I can go. I still have another day to, hopefully, keep healing up. I'll go out in the pre-game and hopefully, it's (knee) feeling well. (Then) I'll tell Danny, 'Hey, I feel like playing,' and he'll make the decision."

But Maciocia told a different story.

"I know who we're playing," he said. "I know who is starting for this football team. I know they told you that I didn't (tell them), but I did. I feel like, why do we have to announce it today?"

And just who was Maciocia so afraid of? A Grey Cup opponent? A division rival? Nope. The Ottawa Renegades who finished last in the East last season.

Maciocia, by the way, has already confirmed Ray as his starter for this week's game against Winnipeg.

MISSED CALLS: Good thing the CFL spent all that extra cash preparing its officials for a better season. In the first week alone, Edmonton WR Jason Tucker was awarded a touchdown for a pass he never caught and an incomplete pass to Winnipeg's Wane McGarity was ruled a fumble. And there were more.

While all CFL fans can witness those mistakes in their living rooms, the CFL will not introduce instant replay for another year, if then.

HASHMARKS: Ottawa is in the market for a MLB. Winnipeg has two ... The Renegades could also be in the market for a new kicker. Winnipeg has two ... The Bombers are seeking an OL and a DB. Again ... Although Lions QB Dave Dickenson was sacked six times, B.C. still beat the Argos ... Former Bomber WR Hugh Smith is expected to replace injured Hamilton KR Steve Suter.


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