LISTEN UP! ...
Let's put an end to the speculation surrounding Danny Maciocia's future in Edmonton right now.
The Eskimos head coach should stay put.
The only reason there is panic in the City of Champions is that the Esks have missed the playoffs for the first time since 1971. It was bound to happen sooner or later.
There is a long list of reasons why Maciocia should not lose his job. For starters, his team is the reigning Grey Cup champ. That alone should give him at least another year.
In addition, he was dealt a bad hand before the season even started when offensive linemen Bruce Beaton, Kevin Lefsrud and Chris Morris retired. That is a huge blow to any team. Ricky Ray ran for his life this season. Why isn't GM Paul Jones on the hot seat?
And it wasn't entirely Maciocia's fault that his players totally forgot how to execute a prevent defence on second-and-10 from the Winnipeg 10-yard line with no time left on the clock on July 22.
We all know what happened next.
That heartbreaking loss to the Bombers can only be described as the turning point in the Eskimos season. They fell to 2-3 that fateful night and never really recovered.
There will be many changes in the City of Champions this winter, but the firing of Danny Maciocia shouldn't be one of them.
Games it took slotback Milt Stegall to have an 11-catch game in a Bomber uniform.
Games it took wide receiver Derick Armstrong to have an 11-catch game in a Bomber uniform.
Receiving yards needed by Lions SB Geroy Simon in his final two games to break the CFL's single-season record.
"I'm not at the point yet where I can even watch film."
-- LIONS QB DAVE DICKENSON, WHO IS SUFFERING FROM POST-CONCUSSION SYNDROME (VANCOUVER SUN)
"I think we're a class organization and they're not, right now."
-- STAMPEDERS S WES LYSACK, TALKING ABOUT HIS LOVE FOR THE LIONS (CALGARY SUN)
"Nobody in here wanted the streak to end on their watch."
-- ESKIMOS SB JASON TUCKER, AFTER EDMONTON'S 34-YEAR PLAYOFF STREAK ENDED ON SATURDAY (EDMONTON SUN)
"How about we celebrate the fact we made the playoffs all those years? They need to be commended."
-- ESKIMOS FAN TODD VOLLMAN, DISCUSSING THE END OF THE STREAK (EDMONTON SUN)
"I've got one more game and then I'm done. I have nothing to say."
-- TICATS INTERIM COACH RON LANCASTER, WHO SOUNDS HAPPY THAT THE SEASON IS ALMOST OVER (HAMILTON SPECTATOR).
"I told him George White is taking his job, so farewell."
-- STAMPEDERS SB NIK LEWIS, RELAYING THE THEME OF HIS HALF-TIME SHOUTING MATCH WITH LIONS LB CARL KIDD ON SUNDAY (CALGARY SUN)