News Yesterday's game: How the "other side" saw it

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    Deja Vu all over again...

    CALGARY — or all of the hype and hoopla that goes with Labour Day in the Canadian Football League, there is one truth that comes with it.
    By this game, by the 10th week of the season, this is who you are. Identities have been built, standards have been set and, for the 1-8 Edmonton Eskimos, this was all cemented in Monday’s 37-34 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.
    From a miserable start to a finish that eventually allowed the Labour Day Classic to live up to its name, the Eskimos were every bit the team they’ve grown into this season. They fell behind 37-7 before reeling off 27 unanswered points in the final 8:20 of play only to come up short again. They’ve now lost their last five games in similar fashion, with the total deficit sitting at 15 points.

    Esks late rally not enough

    CALGARY — What should one make of the Edmonton Eskimos’ latest sloppy, thrilling, frustrating three-point defeat, this one a 37-34 loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Labour Day?
    Do you celebrate the heart of a team that nearly rallied from 30 points down, scoring 27 straight fourth-quarter points but fell short, losing by five points or less for the fifth straight game, their seventh straight loss this season?
    Or do you remind yourself that all those points came in garbage time, which for the Eskimos, started with Calgary up 30-7 in the third quarter. The Stampeders would make it 37-7 at 2:15 of the fourth. But the way the game unfolded from there was the CFL at its wackiest.

    Line's failure to protect QB 'embarrassing'

    CALGARY — One of the hardest things to watch in football is an unsuspecting quarterback about to be railroaded by a locomotive of a defensive lineman.
    The only person who has a harder time watching it is the offensive lineman who just failed at his job.
    “It’s brutal,” Edmonton Eskimos right guard Simeon Rottier said on Monday evening, as he and his teammates tried to find a way to absorb their latest loss — a 37-34 defeat at the hands of the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium.
    “(Reilly is) a guy who’s giving everything he has to give us a chance to win and, you know, we take that personally,” said Rottier. “That’s our job to keep them up and we didn’t do good enough (on Monday).”

    Reed finally makes the right decision

    CALGARY - When the Edmonton Eskimos were down 37-7 with about eight minutes to play, he was quite possibly in Pete Kettela territory.
    Kettela, who took over the coaching of the Eskimos in 1983 after Hugh Campbell’s five-in-a-row run, was fired after a Labour Day loss here.
    Who knows?
    And who knows how we’ll look back on what happened here in the 53rd Labour Day Classic in terms of the future of the coach, the refusing to communicate with the customers, general manager Ed Hervey and the current cast of players.
    But the Edmonton Eskimos Reed, guilty of making decisions late in games which resulted in four consecutive losses by a combined count of 12 points, made the right one for a change with the score 37-7 heading into “garbage time”. And it almost resulted in one of the most incredible comebacks in all of Labour Day or even all of CFL history.

    Rally falls short

    CALGARY - The Edmonton Eskimos had their work cut out for them on Labour Day, and in the end, they just couldn’t pay the price.
    Facing their provincial rival Calgary Stampeders for the first of three 2013 Battle of Alberta meetings, the Eskimos were looking to put an end to a six-game losing streak and earn just their second win for the season against the second-best record in the league.
    Instead, they head into the second half of the regular-season schedule at 1-8, putting them on pace for just two wins this season thanks to a five-catch, 165-yard and three-touchdown performance by Stampeders receiver Maurice Price on the way to a 37-34 loss in front of a nowhere-near-capacity 32,217 crowd at McMahon Stadium in Monday’s Labour Day Classic.
    The ones who stayed past what was shaping up to be a 30-point blowout, at least, and watched Edmonton drop their fifth consecutive game by a combined 15 points as yet another one slipped away from them on their final possession.

    Esks question calls

    CALGARY - They won’t say as much, but for the second game in a row the Edmonton Eskimos believe a non-call contributed to their loss.
    And not so much out of fear of being fined by the league for criticizing officials, either, but instead for looking like sore losers.
    And it doesn’t get much more painful than Monday’s Labour Day Classic, where the Calgary Stampeders won 37-34 thanks in no small part to a pass intended for Fred Stamps that was knocked down by defensive halfback Brandon Smith, which would have set the Eskimos up in range for a potential game-tying field goal.
    But was Stamps held up at all on the play?
    “You seen it — what do you think, know what I mean?” he said. “I don’t criticize or anything like that but you guys tell me what y’all think.
    “It’s tough but we’ve got these guys on Friday and the good thing is we’re playing them at home.”

    The perspective from here in the 'chuk this morning is not surprising.

    The Stampeders may have 'created a monster' with their lackadaisical play in what should have been 'mop-up' time in yesterday's game.

    We'll see soon enough.

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