Esks up first again for 'Gades

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:51 PM ET

At least the CFL schedule maker is consistent in his attempts to trip up Ottawa at the starting gate.

The Renegades will once again open their 2006 season at a historical graveyard for teams from the capital when they visit Commonwealth Stadium to take on the Grey Cup-champion Edmonton Eskimos on June 24.

In 2005, the Renegades also opened their schedule on June 24 at Commonwealth, where they dropped a 41-16 decision to the Green and Gold.

"Somebody's got to play in Edmonton that week," Renegades president Lonie Glieberman said yesterday. "It might as well be us."

Apparently, it always is.

The home opener will again be held on Canada Day against the Alouettes in a 7 p.m. start.

Last year, the Renegades defeated Montreal in a 39-36 overtime thriller July 1 at Frank Clair Stadium.

In total, the 'Gades play four afternoon games this season, including three at home in the fall. The finale is here against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Oct. 28, in a rare noon start.

All Renegades games will be shown on TV this season.

"It's a good schedule for us," said Glieberman.

BY GEORGE: Negotiations with veteran C George Hudson are currently at a standstill after the Renegades star originally appeared poised to sign a long-term deal. "I just need some more time think," Hudson, who is eligible to become a free agent Feb. 16, said last night. "I don't know what I'm going to do."


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