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Nov 17, 2012 12:11am
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EDMONTON - Ricky Ray isnt counting on any love from Edmonton Eskimo fans when he
leads his new team, the Toronto Argonauts, against his old teammates Saturday.
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action on TSN and TSN Mobile TV at 7pm et/4pm pt.  “Im expecting boos,” Ray said
after arriving at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday prior to his teams CFL
season-opening matchup. “Ive just travelled enough around the CFL, going to
Regina, Hamilton and some of those places, (like) Winnipeg, and you get haggled
pretty good, so Im just expecting it to be the same.” Ray played for nine years
in the Green and Gold, winning two Grey Cups and racking up more than 40,000
yards in passing before getting traded to Toronto last December. The 32-year-old
said if hears boos, hes OK with it. “The fans here dont owe me anything,” he
said. “I owe so much to (the fans) for the support theyve given me throughout my
career here. “Im a visitor coming into their stadium and I expect the worst.”
Ray admitted it will be strange to walk into the visitor locker-room and not the
Eskimo room on game day, but said its good to get it over with. “Its nice to
play this game early and kind of put it to bed,” he said. “It feels different
from a regular regular-season game. Theres extra media and different emotions
that youre going through.” Ray was traded by Eskimo general manager Eric Tillman
to the Argonauts for quarterback Steven Jyles, kicker Grant Shaw, and a draft
pick. Eskimo fans writing, blogging and phoning sports call-in shows have been
generally critical, saying Edmonton gave away too much for Jyles, a quarterback
with fast legs and a strong arm but one who has been a backup for much of his
six-year CFL career. Ray said he was shocked at the trade, but said hes made his
peace with it. “You feel like (the Eskimos) didnt believe in you anymore,” he
said. “You just wish you could have been the guy they thought could get them to
the Grey Cup again. Definitely it hurts you a little bit, but its part of the
business.” Meanwhile, when Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Steven Jyles sits by
himself in his dressing room cubicle, the memory of Ricky Ray is over his head —
literally. Above the bench and hooks is a plate with Jyles name and number.
Above that is a tiny plaque that reads “Ricky Ray 2002-2011.” It reminds players
that this is where the teams career passing leader sat before being dealt to the
Toronto Argonauts for Jyles in a package deal last December. Saturdays game will
be the culmination of six years of hard work and broken dreams for Jyles, the
29-year-old from Baton Rouge, La.. For six years he has stood on the sidelines
with a clipboard and hit the field only when someone else got hurt or played
poorly. When the Eskimos traded for him, it was a signal that Edmonton general
manager Eric Tillman believed Jyles was ready for prime time. It was Stevens
turn, his moment in the sun. But as Jyles stood this week in front of Rays old
locker, almost every media question that came at him was about someone else.
Yes, he said, hes replacing a legend. “Ricky Rays a great guy. A future Hall of
Famer in my eyes,” said Jyles. No, he wont by overwhelmed by the grandeur of
Rickys Return. “Its just another ball game for us.” His voice was emotionless,
his mood that of a dental patient — polite but determined to get it over with.
Jyles is no stranger to skepticism but it reached new heights following the
trade that brought him back to the Alberta capital. He played with Edmonton for
two seasons when he began his CFL career in 2006, and couldnt get off the
sidelines. Jyles was dismissed as all arm, no football sense. Since then, he has
shone in spot duty with Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, and Toronto, known for his fast
feet, a cannon arm and game-breaking potential. Eskimos receiver Greg Carr, who
also played with Jyles in Winnipeg, said they see Jyles taking those hits and
get inspired. Carr said Jyles speed gives the Eskimos the extra offensive
dimension they need. Its one that wasnt there with Ray. Jyles can change the
game with his feet or improvise a new play out of a broken one, said Carr. “With
him no play is dead.” Eskimos linebacker T.J. Hill said that against Jyles,
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victory belonged to both of Canadas trampolinists. Rosie MacLennan won Canadas
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Saturday. It is the first gold medal Canada has won at London 2012. “Its an
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me.” Huang Shanshan of China won silver, He Wenna of China claimed bronze. The
Chinese were strong challengers for the Canadian, but their flawless execution
could not top MacLennans difficulty. In a shocking upset, Canadian trampoline
veteran Karen Cockburn was bumped off the podium by Beijing 2008 Champion He,
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get a huge deduction for a fall,” said CTVOlympics gymnastics analyst Kyle
Shewfelt. “Her execution was impeccable throughout the rest of her routine.” But
missing out on a medal was not at the forefront of Cockburns mind as she watched
her best friend win Canadas first gold medal of the Games. Cockburn hugged
MacLennan when the final standings were shown, rocking her friend back and forth
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way. The 31-year-old started out as a mentor for MacLennan when she began
training at Cockburns gym, Skyriders Trampoline in Richmond Hill, Ont. But as
MacLennan grew up and the two started competing together, they became close
friends. “Theyre yin and yang, they balance each other out,” said Shewfelt of
the duo ahead of the Games. “If we could mold them together, theyd be the
perfect athlete. Theres a competitive rivalry, but theres also that family
part.” MacLennan did not take a commanding lead in the qualification round,
finishing fourth overall, but her reasoning became clear when she delivered the
spectacular performance she had been saving for the final. The 23-year-old
scored a 57.305 on her final routine, a season-best and an Olympic record, since
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