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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Dawg View Post
    This must be today's iteration of the ol' Cornhole Gang from years ago.
    The Family Huddle tickets have been going on for over a dozen years. First it was Sobeys/IGA and now its through Save on. Its how we've been going for years. I don't much care where we sit, and I'm fine with sitting in a no booze section. For Riders games particularly you avoid a lot of problems not sitting in the booze sections.

    We'll probably go on Friday. They often hand out K Days tickets as well if you attend the sole Esks game that occurs during K days. So its a twofer if people want it, plus park and ride complimentary too and from the game.

    Its great value. Promises to be a great game as well and one of the better matchups. This to stay in first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Dawg View Post
    This must be today's iteration of the ol' Cornhole Gang from years ago.
    Well the Knothole Gang, but we know where you're coming from.
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    The "Huddle" tickets have been going on since at least the early 90's. First it was the Safeway Family Huddle and tickets were $5.99. I recall guys on my hockey team talking about their $54 season's tickets. They were too cheap then but I think they've gone a bit too far now and could offer something for $20.

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    Huh. I always assumed the "no booze' sections are the ones that were always empty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrOilers View Post
    Huh. I always assumed the "no booze' sections are the ones that were always empty.
    I haven't gone as much but they're hardly empty when I go. At times they are so popular it gets harder finding a seat in the sections. The Family Huddle sections are GA, and only in the demarked sections.

    The sections that are more empty are some of those adjacent to the Family Huddle sections. Why would somebody pay a lot more for tickets to a section just a seat over from the Family Huddle area. That said the Esks pricing points have been reevaluated and some of the available seats seem to have come down in price so that theres less of a discrepancy.
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    ^Yup, as I had mentioned in above post attending an Esks game during Kdays gets you a free K days ticket. Value 18bucks PLUS ETS shuttle ride transportation to and from game value $6.50. You get this even with the 28.50 Family Huddle tickets from Save On. So that arguably the game itself is costing 4bucks. Quite the value.

    I'll add that K Days this year has better free entertainment. They got the Lumberjacks back which is better than not having them. The trampoline act was quite entertaining. WE also enjoyed the Pow Wow competition in the Agricom. Was quite an experience and on the day more enjoyable in 30C whether than seeing this outside in the asphalt bouncing heat. No fireworks yesterday though quite the light show from mother nature. I should mention taking ETS also avoids the 15-20buck parking cost in the area.
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    Lots of promotions going on, should be quite the crowd tonight.

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    Its me and my TV on the couch with a bowl of cheese doodles and copious amounts of diet cola. Life is good.
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    Great game, loud crowd, great atmosphere. Place was exciting and electric from the start, club lit it up early scoring a TD in the first 2mins.

    But what was witnessed last night was a heroic gutted out victory with the Esks having none of their first 3 starting RB's (all injured, with Van injured last night) meaning that McCarty had to take all the runs, Zylstra had to do kick returns, and the Esks also lost Whyte so that they had no healthy kicker for the 2nd half meaning the Esks were HAVING to gamble on almost every 3rd down. Even the holder for kicks, who is the emergency backup kicker got injured, and Willis ended up doing the last kickoff. Seeing Reilly and the Eskimos start each drive in their own zone knowing that they HAD to get field position every drive was incredible. You could see the urgency in the huddle. Knowing that EVERY drive the game was depending on them. With Reilly delivering a heroic 414 pinpoint yds against one of the best D's in the league and the receivers having fantastic performances with 3 of them hitting for over 100yds. This, for perspective is with the team playing without Adarius Bowman(injured) and Derrel Walker (NFL)
    My only worry on the Receiver front is Zylstra getting so good that he may still attract some NFL attention. A sure handed receiver with punishing YAC ability. He's a tank out there. I said he would be special last season when I first laid eyes on this horse. A thoroughbred. Reilly to Zylstra could go down as a pairing for the ages if Brandon remains with the Esks longterm.

    That the Esks managed to win this game is incredible. Like nothing I've seen. That they won with a margin and were 3 scores up until late is miraculous. What a performance. People at this game will be remembering it forever.

    One of only 5 times in history the Esks have started a season 5-0.
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    I know he has Parkinson's but is this Dwayne Mandrusiak last year with the Esks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Dawg View Post
    This must be today's iteration of the ol' Cornhole Gang from years ago.
    I don't know what games you were going to back then.

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    Booked my NFL tour this year...doing the West side this year. Last 2 years did the east coast. Cards/49'ers, Chiefs/Reskins (Monday after the Cards game) - red eyeing it to KC (never been there before - excited for some tailgate BBQ), Hawks/Rams - the week after at the Coliseum - surprisingly the cheapest tix....guess because it holds 60,000+

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    Quote Originally Posted by maclac View Post
    Booked my NFL tour this year...doing the West side this year. Last 2 years did the east coast. Cards/49'ers, Chiefs/Reskins (Monday after the Cards game) - red eyeing it to KC (never been there before - excited for some tailgate BBQ), Hawks/Rams - the week after at the Coliseum - surprisingly the cheapest tix....guess because it holds 60,000+

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoneyGuy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Dawg View Post
    This must be today's iteration of the ol' Cornhole Gang from years ago.
    I don't know what games you were going to back then.
    What Top_Dawg was referring to was known as the "Knothole Gang" a good explanation of which is found here....
    https://www.esks.com/2013/02/23/grow...knothole-gang/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by maclac View Post
    Booked my NFL tour this year...doing the West side this year. Last 2 years did the east coast. Cards/49'ers, Chiefs/Reskins (Monday after the Cards game) - red eyeing it to KC (never been there before - excited for some tailgate BBQ), Hawks/Rams - the week after at the Coliseum - surprisingly the cheapest tix....guess because it holds 60,000+

    Who cares, this is an Eskimo thread
    Thanks, screw the NFL.
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    Does the NFL get the same kind of 2 & outs as the CFL? or I should say NFL 3 and outs?
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    I doubt they would because they have more opportunity to not be in third down position, third downs could more likely be closer to the first down line, the field is shorter and there are probably less plays per game.

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    ^ That's true for the most part but because they have 4 downs instead of 3 like we do, there's more chances for more plays. Also, one would think there are more turnovers in the NFL because of the shorter field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edTel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MoneyGuy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Dawg View Post
    This must be today's iteration of the ol' Cornhole Gang from years ago.
    I don't know what games you were going to back then.
    What Top_Dawg was referring to was known as the "Knothole Gang" a good explanation of which is found here....
    https://www.esks.com/2013/02/23/grow...knothole-gang/
    I know that. I sat in the Knothole Gang in Clarke. It was sarcasm.

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    1 video review per team/game. Love it.Thanks Randy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    1 video review per team/game. Love it.Thanks Randy!
    At least the league is being more adaptable. This is far better than the "we'll review it in the offseason approach. The last thing I want when watching a football game is a random interspersed game of Jeopardy where desperate coaches pick random plays to review seemingly constantly.

    Next get rid of the whole mic'ed players thing. Who cares. Willis is interesting, Reilly is interesting, not many are comment wise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    1 video review per team/game.
    Thank goodness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by maclac View Post
    Booked my NFL tour this year...doing the West side this year. Last 2 years did the east coast. Cards/49'ers, Chiefs/Reskins (Monday after the Cards game) - red eyeing it to KC (never been there before - excited for some tailgate BBQ), Hawks/Rams - the week after at the Coliseum - surprisingly the cheapest tix....guess because it holds 60,000+

    Who cares, this is an Eskimo thread
    Thanks, screw the NFL.
    Should get out there and see the world....never been an NFL game I reckon....rather a neat experience. Blows the CFL experience away by a million miles......

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    Football is a religion in the USA. Every game is like a Canadian team NHL playoff game.

    It's not nearly as popular in Canada, but every football fan I know follows the CFL and (to some degree) the NFL.

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    Despite taking tons of awful penalties and turning the ball over twice in the final 2 minutes, the Eskies win again, 33 to 28.

    And unbelievably the injuries keep piling up - Eskimos lost another linebacker, another offensive lineman, and Brandon Zylstra all in the 1st half. Just nuts!!! Full points to the organization for finding a lot of depth players, because despite it all the Esks are off to their first 6-0 start in ages.

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    What a game. If that ball was caught it would have been 5-1.
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    I can't find any info on the Zylstra injury. Just nuts how many Esks are injured. The game was tough to watch because it felt again so much like fate was conspiring against the Esks (anybody remember last years tilt that we lost against the Ticats after having a huge lead?)

    It seemed like the Esks were dominating every aspect, had enormous edge in first downs, Time of possession etc. But somehow Hamilton was in it. Also you can't fumble the ball there on your 15 yd line with 2mins left. That just can't happen.

    Aside from that very frustrating officiating as usual. The Esks have to burn their challenge early on an obvious PI call. Then went an entire game watching bizarre missed calls including a vicious helmet to helmet shot on Reilly that the officials somehow missed. On another play Reilly was also hit below the knee. That's supposed to be automatically called. Yet they penalize the Esks on a borderline roughing the passer call on simple followthrough.

    Similarly the Esks get called for holding multiple times while the Cats are holding the Esks front 4 all day. Just absolutely riduclous the holding the Cats were getting away with. Then two plays reviewed by command center that ended up being late calls that extended Ticats drives. I had a strong suspicion in this one that the league would try to keep this game close after Ticats got blown out by Calgary. Very frustrating game to watch. The whole game I'm thinking it doesn't matter what the Esks do, somehow the game will come down to the last play.
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    i really like the rule change that limits challenges to 1 per team. Good way to ensure the flow of the games do not slow down to a crawl. Overall the CFL is providing good competitive games this year, fun to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    i really like the rule change that limits challenges to 1 per team. Good way to ensure the flow of the games do not slow down to a crawl. Overall the CFL is providing good competitive games this year, fun to watch.
    While I agree, the league still finds ways for things to be interminably slow. The game took well in excess of 3hrs to play. In one sequence the officials are awaiting a spot review from command center on forward progress. They don`t measure until they hear the news on the reviewed spot which ends up confirming the spot on the field which they then get the chains out and measure. 3mins elapse waiting for a call on a 3rd down gamble.

    At the end of the game it got to NBA levels of absurdity with first the Esks having the wrong cover on the field and call timeout, then Ticats are missing a man and call timeout, then officials are oddly confused and scrambling around the field further delaying the 3rd down gamble (the game on the line with 2secs left) and then all that for not as the play ensues and well after the play a late flag is thrown thereby giving the Ticats a 2nd chance to win. They flub that as well but of course a challenge is called and they have a delay while they note that Ticats have no time out left and thus no challenge. The last 2 secs of the game took 5mins of nail biting to play. The fans in the stands were loudly booing all the delays and especially given how the last 2 secs all unfolded.

    Heres an idea, not sure why this isn`t done. A team is given one challenge flag (to the head coach and thus only he can challenge) the flag, when tossed, is picked up by the official and not returned. Removes any confusion, or false start challenges such as last night where everybody in attendance is booing about the endless delays while the Ticats are told they have no challenges left. Not sure how there was any confusion either as they had just called their time out.
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    We have THE best QB in the league!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by H.L. View Post
    We have THE best QB in the league!!!
    Agree

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    I can see how the challenge confusion can take place. It seems to me that the scorekeeper at Commonwealth is very poor at tracking time outs and marking them appropriately on the scoreboard. They are so late at correcting the amount of time outs remaining that undoubtedly Shovelface looked at the scoreboard and thought he had a timeout left even though he had just used it.

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    ^This would be impossible. He had used the timeout on the previous play. How could he not know.

    He knew well he had none left, he was trying to get away with it. Most of the fans in attendance detected this and were literally screaming obscenities. Probably because half of them figured the CFL would manage to botch this up and not keep track either.

    We know full well if it had gone to review the CFL has a 50/50 chance of getting the call wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
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    We have THE best QB in the league!!!
    Agree

    With a really great crowd!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
    The game took well in excess of 3hrs to play.

    That game featured a lot of injuries (for both teams), and when that wasn't slowing down the game, the Esks took a ton of penalties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrOilers View Post
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    The game took well in excess of 3hrs to play.

    That game featured a lot of injuries (for both teams), and when that wasn't slowing down the game, the Esks took a ton of penalties.
    The Esks were given a lot of penalties. Meanwhile the Ticats infracting on nearly every play. They were holding our front 4 all game. As per usual the dirtiest club in the league gets away with headshot to Reilly and a submarine hit as well.
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    7!!! ah-ah-ah-ah-ah!

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    Grinded it out!
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    Reilly looked great as always, our depth is pretty amazing, especially at receiving.

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    The receivers have really done an amazing job this year. Reilly didn't even miss having Bowman and Zylstra out of the line up last night. Every game a different guy steps up to help lead the offense.

    The offensive line has done great as well - they have guys playing out of position to fill in for injures to Sorensen, Groulx, Rottier, and their long snapper, but are still protecting Reilly and opening up holes for the running game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrOilers View Post
    The receivers have really done an amazing job this year. Reilly didn't even miss having Bowman and Zylstra out of the line up last night. Every game a different guy steps up to help lead the offense.

    The offensive line has done great as well - they have guys playing out of position to fill in for injures to Sorensen, Groulx, Rottier, and their long snapper, but are still protecting Reilly and opening up holes for the running game.
    Had three imports on the line in Ottawa, which might not be feasible once some of our American receivers come back - well in fact won't be.

    Still, O-line has done a good job all year and what's that I'm seeing(?) - a legit running game?
    ... gobsmacked

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    Props to the Esks' coaching staff - their running game is really good considering the key injuries to their offensive line and their running back for the last couple of games is the 3rd guy on the depth chart.

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    This team, even with all the injuries, are still going, like a well oiled machine

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    The downside is this amazing run lowers the Proline odds for the Esks to win=low pay outs.
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    Darn! I think injuries caught up to the Eskimos tonight.
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    All the injuries caught up with the Esks and Bomber offense was just to much to handle.
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    Injuries, Bombers, officials, and playing on the road and second road game in a row and an early Thursday start as well. CFL basically gifting this one to Winnipeg. Some of the calls were bizarre including the hits on Reilly on a play that was whistled down before scrimmage and with the Esks actually getting the unsportsmanlike call after Reilly was gang tackled on a non play.

    Another where a bomber receiver is seen straight arming a defender away, pushing him away, and the DB gets the PI call. lol.

    Its frustrating though that the injuries are dictating so much of what the Esks can and can not do on the field and also that the EC is so pathetic that the Esks were 7-0 heading into the match and still in a dogfight for playoff positions. Meanwhile 5-6 wins in a season will get you a playoff spot in the East. Just pathetic and its like this almost every season. ANY WC team that crosses over will have more pts than the first place EC club and will play all playoff games on the road on the basis of being crossover.
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    The number of key injuries this team has is almost comical now. For crying out loud they have 4th a string linebacker in a starting position.

    And I think until the Eskimos get some of those linebackers healthy and playing again, they will be vulnerable to teams with a good running game.

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