Heckâ€¦ Iâ€™m a Renegades season ticket holder (2 seats directly behind visitorâ€™s bench 6 rows from field) and have paid in full, earning this right to vent.
Iâ€™d appreciate if someone puts this forum thread into Tom Wrightâ€™s hands. This is information you wonâ€™t find in a newspaper, read on a sports website, hear or watch it on radio or TV.
- I want all Eskie fans to know thisâ€¦
- I want all CFL fans to know thisâ€¦
I AM P-I-S-SED OFF!!!
My mother did not raise any idiotsâ€¦ Football is an aggressive game and from time to time, players get hurt. My intention is not to ridicule true injury.
But last nights demonstration by Edmonton has got to be the biggest display of unsportsmanlike conduct I have ever seen and it all starts with Danny Maciocia, He has lowered himself and ripped a page out of Don Matthewsâ€™ book â€œhow to use the system to win the gameâ€? by using his team to embellish injury so that Edmonton could control the pace of the game.
Surprisingly Mike Maurer (ex Gade) was injured 3 or 4 times last night (sorry I lost count), only to slowly walk back to the bench, get a pat on the back by medical staff, and then standup on the sideline to watch the game. This made sense to do this to give Edmonton some time for their D-line to take their time to get into position as Mike, playing special teams after kick-off/punt returns could provide Joe Montford an additional 3 to 5 minutes to get into position.
I was behind the bench watching Joe suck wind when coming off and going back on the field. High humidly is bad for these prairie players. Calgary had the brains to pack misting systems so the players could cool down on the bench. But the quick Ottawa game and the conditioning of eastern players overpowered Calgary.
This didnâ€™t stop with Mike Maurer. There were others including (I believe) Randy Spencer (76), who fell ill a couple of times when the Gades reached the red zone, giving Edâ€™s D-Line time to rest and change up during the injury.
The TV breaks alone take the flow from a game. Adding these in didnâ€™t help the Gades sustain play as the game would slow to a crawl halting momentum. Heck, I even heard a rumor that a ref left the field last night for a wiz. Game stopped waiting for the official to return.
If Eskimo fans are proud of the way their team played last night, they were not at the game behind their bench. True that if Pat Flemming (our punter) would have hit the 2 field goals he missed, Gadesâ€™ special-teams not giving up too many yards and Tompkinsâ€™ score didnâ€™t happen, and Danny and the ref werenâ€™t slowing down the gameâ€¦ Ottawa outscored Edmonton 19 to 7 in the second halfâ€¦ Iâ€™d say we would have beat Edmonton too. After all, we were 1 major and a 2-point convert away from OT with less than a minute left on the clock.
â€œWeek 1â€? was an Edmonton killing on Ottawa. Montreal and Winnipeg (week 4) were close games that Edmonton didnâ€™t and may not have won. Last nightâ€™s game was an indication that Edmonton isnâ€™t as strong as their fans think. If Edmonton are proud of a team that plays like this, I wonâ€™t be watching the big game if they are in it or I will ensure that I put my full support behind the East come November. Iâ€™d sell my left nut to see Ottawa play Edmonton again on Nov 27th.