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‘I had a dad who really hurt my mom’: Eskimos CEO speaks about abuse he witnessed as a child

‘I had a dad who really hurt my mom’: Eskimos CEO speaks about abuse he witnessed as a child

As he took a seat in the back of a cab in downtown Montreal, the door shut next to Len Rhodes and he tensed. The CEO and president of the Edmonton Eskimos was dressed down this morning, the suit he normally wears hanging in his hotel room where his girlfriend Maureen had given him a concerned look and wished him luck as he walked out the door. His light blue button-down shirt was tucked into blue jeans, a small stack of notepad paper covered in his handwriting neatly folded and stashed into his pockets, just in case he’d need it.

 
 

Eskimos rookie receiver earns rare opening-day start

Eskimos rookie receiver earns rare opening-day start

VANCOUVER – Exactly how are the Edmonton Eskimos handling the loss of American receiver Derel Walker to the NFL this season? The answer is they’re fighting fire with two times the fire, replacing the two-time CFL all-star with not one, but two American receivers. That will give the Eskimos a total of four sets of southern hands in their receiving corps, instead of the usual three. It’s a ratio move made possible by the addition of a third Canadian starter on defence in Saturday’s season opener against the B.C. Lions (8 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED), as rookie Arjen Colquhoun draws in at the field corner in place of Marcell Young, who’s been placed on the six-game injured list. And for the first time since Marcus Henry in 2011, the Eskimos are listing a rookie American receiver as a starter on their opening-day depth chart. Newcomer Duke Williams, a six-foot-three, 225-pound Auburn product, will line up at the wide-out spot vacated by the retirement of Canadian veteran Nate Coehoorn over the off-season.

 
 

Eskimos predicting big things for 2017 CFL season

Eskimos predicting big things for 2017 CFL season

VANCOUVER — Pigskin pundits, odds-makers and even the Canadian Football League itself have taken their turn peering into a crystal ball and prognosticating on how the 2017 season will turn out. Now it’s time for the teams to take to the field and start deciding for real. But before the proverbial rubber hits the road on the Edmonton Eskimos’ schedule, which kicks off against the B.C. Lions at BC Place Stadium on Saturday (8 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED), they were asked for their own predictions. “I love our team, I love what we’re about,” said head coach Jason Maas. “We’re hard working, we’re humble. We’re physical, I know that. They come to work every single day, they enjoy being in our building, being coached hard.

 
 

Edmonton Eskimos’ King earns city award for thwarting thief

Edmonton Eskimos’ King earns city award for thwarting thief

Trespassers, thieves and other sketchy criminal types of Edmonton take heed: Ryan King is watching, waiting to put you in your place. The Eskimos long-snapper is becoming something of a superhero for his team this season. His latest act of bravery — thwarting a bike theft at Commonwealth Stadium on Tuesday — earned him a Good Samaritan award from the City of Edmonton.

 
 

Nate Behar takes part in his first Eskimos practice

Nate Behar takes part in his first Eskimos practice

So, what’s it like for a rookie to dive into his first Canadian Football League practice after missing out on training camp? Nate Behar summed it up succinctly after donning the No. 82 and participating in his first test drive with the Edmonton Eskimos club that drafted him fifth overall in May. “A chicken with his head cut off,” the five-foot-11, 205-pound receiver out of Carleton said, smiling

 
 

Eskimos looking to get out of the gates from the ground up

Eskimos looking to get out of the gates from the ground up

The CFL is a passing league. Right up until it’s not. And that typically starts happening right around the time when games matter most. That much was evident in the Edmonton Eskimos playoff run last year, when both games were decided by a big rushing performance that took control, one way or the other. “Really, it’s just about balance. Being able to pass and run,” said Eskimos running back John White. “If you can run in this league, it opens up the passing more and limits what the defence can do

 
 

MacKinnon: Eskimos rookie quarterback a work in progress

MacKinnon: Eskimos rookie quarterback a work in progress

Ricky Ray was 22 back in 2002 when he made his first start at quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos in which he looked nothing like a raw rookie. Ray completed 21 of 28 passes for 277 yards and four touchdowns, two of which were hauled in by Ed Hervey, now the Eskimos general manager.

 
 

Eskimos’ rookie QB keeps it PG as he bombs Argonauts

Eskimos’ rookie QB keeps it PG as he bombs Argonauts

He claims to have never cursed, but that didn’t stop James Franklin from hurling F (Franklin) bombs all over the field at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday night. The clean-cut quarterback keeps it PG at all times, but his play in his first Canadian Football League start was all grown up from kickoff until the final seconds ticked off of the clock, an impressive, much-needed 38-15 win over the Toronto Argonauts.

 
 

Five things to watch in Friday’s Eskimos-Argos contest

Five things to watch in Friday’s Eskimos-Argos contest

The Edmonton Eskimos are looking to step on the gas pedal on Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium and make the painful memory of last week’s 49-20 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats become a speck in the rear-view mirror.

 
 

First-round draft pick Behar will have to play catchup with Eskimos

First-round draft pick Behar will have to play catchup with Eskimos

Things tend to be seen as black or white for sports fans. Especially when it comes to how the Green and Gold faithful view a first-round draft pick who doesn’t report for training camp. Such was the case with Nate Behar, the Carleton receiver taken fifth overall by the Eskimos in May’s Canadian Football League draft. To be fair, the 22-year-old wasn’t holding out on his contract. He didn’t sign one in the first place as negotiations ground to a halt between agent Jonathon Hardaway and Eskimos general manager Brock Sunderland. But Behar was certainly a training camp holdout, and that’s what got under the skin of any Eskimos fans who took to social media to express their displeasure.

 
 
 
 

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