The Eskimos after some extended time off were back on the practice field today preparing for the Montreal Alouettes on Thanksgiving Day. A unique wrinkle will be added to the game as both the Eskimos and Alouettes will be Mic’d Up as TSN will have a microphone on both head coaches and both quarterbacks.
Jason Maas understands why the CFL and TSN are doing this but admits it’s something he’s not comfortable with.
The Calgary Stampeders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were the first two teams involved in TSN’s Mic’d Up feature in a game in late August. Every CFL team will take part in the concept this season allowing fans to hear play call, sideline chatter, and communication in the huddle. Quarterback Mike Reilly says he can see why his head coach is concerned about the concept.
Receiver Adarius Bowman says the feature should add some spice to the game with Mike Reilly and Jason Maas Mic’d Up.
“Yeah I’ll leave that to Mike and coach Maas, I think coach Maas will be the best one to have mic’d up,” Bowman said. “I think it’s good for the league, I don’t want to be mic’d up but I think it’s good for the league. I’ve been here for awhile so I’ve seen a lot of changes so I think that’s more publicity for the CFL as a whole.”
As far as the game is concerned the Eskimos will try to improve their playoff chances by winning their third straight game. The Eskimos are currently in the crossover position in the Eastern Division four points up on the Toronto Argonauts for third place. The Eskimos are just two points behind the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for third in the Western Division.
Kick-off Monday at Molson Stadium in Montreal is 11am, 630 CHED will have the pre-game show at 9:30am.