Kamau 'Incompleterson' salutes Bomber fans

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

It's one of the cruelest yet funniest nicknames in the CFL.

Current Edmonton Eskimo receiver Kamau Peterson is known in Winnipeg as Kamau Incompleterson.

Ouch.

The fans in this city gave Peterson the nickname after watching him struggle through parts of two seasons as a Bomber before being traded to Hamilton for Chris Brazzell in 2005.

But the personable non-import receiver actually saluted the Winnipeg fans yesterday for thinking of such a name.

"My hats off to that," he said.

"I appreciate the fact somebody took the time to think about it.

"But by the same token, nobody wants to be known for that."

In Edmonton, Peterson isn't hearing that nickname because his hands seem to be just fine as he prepares to battle the Bombers tonight.

His stats aren't tearing up the league so far this season -- eight catches for 72 yards -- but he is dependable after being a free-agent signing in February.

"He is doing a great job," said Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray. "He is playing that inside receiver in our bunch package, doing a lot of little short routes.

"He is the perfect guy for that. He is a pretty physical guy."

In Winnipeg, that wasn't the case. After one rough game -- where he dropped a touchdown pass -- he didn't even want to face his teammates. He faced the back of his dressing room stall after the game.

He had come to the Bombers as a key free-agent with an apparent huge upside. After 931 receiving yards in 2002 in Calgary, that wasn't surprising.

Did the pressure get to him?

Did the expectations weigh too much on his shoulders?

Peterson still doesn't know what went wrong.

"For whatever reason, it didn't materialize here," he said on the turf at Canad Inns Stadium.

"Upon leaving here, I have just felt better each year and now I really feel like I am in a place where I can just relax and play and have some fun."

Sticking it to the Winnipeg fans would also be fun tonight.

BLUE DOMINATION: This is getting scary -- and it has nothing to do with playing on Friday the 13th.

What is truly frightening is the Edmonton Eskimos record in the Manitoba capital this decade.

Since the start of 2000, the Esks are a brutal 1-7 in Winnipeg.

No team in the CFL has owned the Green and Gold on the road like the Bombers in the last seven years.

In addition, Edmonton suffered its worst defeat in seven years when they were hammered 46-10 on Canada Day last summer by the Bombers at Canad Inns Stadium.

"It is not a place we fear but our track record here isn't very good," said kicker Sean Fleming after the team arrived at the stadium yesterday.

"They (the Bombers) play very confident in this place."

While tonight's game in Winnipeg isn't a must-win tilt for the Esks in just Week 3 of the regular season, this is a very big evening for the Green and Gold, who started the season 0-1-1.


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