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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

MAAS, ESKIMOS PREPARED FOR PUNISHMENT AFTER MIC'D UP BOYCOTT


MONTREAL - Edmonton Eskimos coach Jason Maas and quarterback Mike Reilly refused to wear television microphones during their victory over Montreal on Monday because they didn't want any distractions.

And they are prepared to live with the consequences, if there are any.

The head coaches and quarterbacks of both clubs were supposed to be mic'd up for the TSN telecast. Montreal coach Jacques Chapdelaine and quarterback Rakeem Cato wore them.

"They can't hold a gun to your head to make you do it so we just decided not to do it,'' said Maas. "It's what's right for our football club, not what's right for the other people, that's the bottom line.

"We just decided between Mike and I not to do it and we'll live with the consequences.''

The CFL released a statement that said it will review the matter this week.

`"We are aware that Eskimos' head coach Jason Maas and quarterback Mike Reilly did not wear live microphones,'' it said. "Any decision on discipline will be made later this week when we review all potential football related discipline.''

Reilly said he checked with the CFL Players Association and was told it was his choice whether to wear the microphone or not.

"I never signed any contract to put on a microphone during a game,'' he said. "If I felt comfortable doing it I would have been more than happy to do it.''

"I'm here to win games and I don't think I would have played a very good game if I had other concerns. It's hard enough to play this position when you have a clear head and you're only thinking about football.''

As for any league discipline, Reilly said: "They'll deal with it however they deal with it and that's what's going to happen. You can't change anything about it now. We played the game, we got the win and that's all I care about.''

However, Montreal coach Jacques Chapdelaine felt it gave the Eskimos an unfair advantage. He understood from the league that it was mandatory and wondered if, when the Eskimos refused to wear them, the Alouettes should also have been given that choice.

"That wasn't communicated to us, so you could say, from a playing field, maybe it wasn't entirely level for both sides,'' said Chapdelaine, adding that wearing microphones is a progressive idea to try to enhance the broadcasts and the league.

"Those types of decisions go against that opportunity to make our league look better,'' he said. "The final judgment or decision is really not mine.

"It belongs to people at a higher level than I am. I would hope that, as a league, we can be a little more on the same page and be a bit more professional about those things.''

(Canadian Press)

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Once they allowed the Eskimos to opt out of wearing the mics, they should have informed the Als so they could decide if they still wanted to go ahead with it or not. Bad move on someone's part!

Anonymous said...

Typical Edmonton.

Anonymous said...

Just more and more glaring evidence of the massive disconnect and lack of control Orridge has on this league. Scary to think what the league's going to look like by the time his contract is up.

Governor Pence

Anonymous said...

If it isn't compulsory who really cares. And besides nobody that I have ever talked to likes it anyway. Believe me with those Mics on these coaches and players will never ever say the things that they would without them. Get rid of them once and for all.

Anonymous said...

How many people sit and wait for the day for the players to have a Mic on…don't figure to many fans care and if they did it would be the players that smack talk which aren't the guys having to wear them. Also call it weird but I am watching my team hopefully to play well and win not here what they are saying or trying to figure out what they are meaning…maybe the CFL should pay attention to things that are a little more important to the game and make it better.

Anonymous said...

Complete slap in the face to the integrity of the CFL

Anonymous said...

Verrrrrry Winnipegish

Anonymous said...

Who cares what the coach or QB says during a game. Is that supposed to be entertaining? Why don't they ask the fans what they think? My guess it wouldn't matter a tinkers damn to most. What are supposed to learn? We don't speak their language and don't understand what they are communicating.

Montreal was at a disadvantage. When the League found out Edmonton was not going to Mic up why didn't the officials inform Montreal? The Command Centre or League Office needs to stop looking at dumb ideas and fix the obvious breakdown of the game due to stupid ideas like a penalty for illegal contact for a slight touch a kilometer away from the actual play.

Does anyone for a minute believe that penalty improves the game? It generally slows it down and negates a great play which infuriates the fans.
Its past Thanksgiving but I say Dump the Turkey.

Anonymous said...

Agree with all the comments. Most fans don't like the mic thing and it's obvious QB's and Coaches don't either. It's distracting with PBP and mic going on. Poor innovation to dump on everyone. The CFL has so many problems to correct (Orridge and more) that getting into this was so unnecessary. This league under poor leadership is continuing the downward spiral with no relief in sight. The BC/Winnipeg fiasco and subsequently wrong call by the command center has put Glen Johnson into the spotlight again. He of course is from Winnipeg and there has been a inordinately high number of call go Winnipeg's way this year. I'm sure it's just coincidence.

Anonymous said...

CFL + game day mics = amateur hour bush league!

George Porge said...

You guys saying "they should have let the Al's know and have a choice" haven't quite connected the dots here. Maas and Reilly decided to "just not wear 'em". They didn't tell anyone - at one point TSN personnel were scrambling thinking that they had a technical problem because they weren't informed that the coach and QB just left the mics in the dustbin.

There was no opportunity for anyone to tell the Als that the other team were not wearing mics - heck for all we know they didn't find out until after the game was over.

I know that the mic thing doesn't appeal to everyone (though don't kid yourselves, there are PLENTY of fans that like this - particularly the younger ones, which is who the CFL is actually targeting right now), but Edmonton clearly took an unfair advantage in this game by deciding not to wear the mics that they agreed to wear.

Bradford Kruger said...

I enjoyed the mic'd up last season when it was a random offensive or defensive player. The insight was more of what it was like to be on the field during the game. They didn't play it live, they took snippets of the audio, edited it during the game and played it during breaks in play. You got to hear a bit of smack talk and the crunch of the tackles etc.

The verbiage from coach to QB to the players in the huddle is mostly their own language and doesn't entertain me at all.


Christopher Evans said...

How about mic up the refs?!?! You would get more insight into the game, some of what the coaches and players are dealing with, but you wouldn't be getting any trade secrets. Of course, with the CFL mum on officiating & protecting their own, this would be a longshot at best.

The play by play guys, just need to clue in a bit more, rather than blabber over top of everything. I know I prefer to hear what's going on on-field more that the commentary most of the time anyway.

Anonymous said...

One way around being mic'd up and not have TSN televise anything is just drop an f-bomb every second or third word and the producer will get tired of editing it.

Ron - Saskatoon

Anonymous said...

Leave the mics away from the field of play. Who understands what is being said anyway? The talking heads do too much talking anyway and the on field stuff just adds to the distraction. While they are at it sack Rod Black and Matt Dunigan.

Anonymous said...

George Porge if you would have seen the game you would have a more informed comment…TSN announced that the Eskimos were not wearing the Mic's in the first quarter over live TV so quit being dramatic and making it look worse then it is…Eskies will most likely get fined worse then you guys having two teams worth of guys to practice…makes sense right.

Anonymous said...

George Porge you should also learn how to read because Mike Reilly stated it was no where in a contract he had signed or agreed to do it and CFLPA told him it was his decision…so quit stating they agreed to do it because he didn't.

Anonymous said...

Also one more point to make…it wasn't fair when the game started, not due to the fact of the mic's but just that Montreal is not a good football team.

Anonymous said...

TSN pays $40,000,000 per season for the rights to broadcast games. The Eskimos should lose 1/18th (one game) of their share of TSN revenue. Clean and simple for the league to fine them for absolute diregard for the Board of Governors decision that all teams be mic'd up one game.

George Porge said...

Anonymous - I did watch the game and I can read. Reilly and Maas agreed (like the other coaches did) initially to wear the mics. Then they decided to "forget" them when suiting up for the game. TSN "announced" it in the first quarter once they found out about the mics not being worn by the coach or QB.

About that "reading" and "watching the game" now?

Anonymous said...

Clean and simple…plain and simple you are ridiculous, your team and media have been against the commissioner and rest of the league and broke enough rules but want 7 million against the Eskies, you are a joke bud. Also this situation sounds a little bit broader then what your making it…sounds like the CFLPA may be getting involved with this situation depending on what the commissioner does and he isn't doing nothing until later in the week which means he is paying attention to what he can do with dodging a big conflict with the CFLPA. Just bring another 100 players to practice and still keep losing.

Anonymous said...

check section 34.22 of the CFL CBA bud, it states a mic can only be hooked up onto a player who consents to this happening which means Reilly said NO which means NO so stuff it and the subject already.

Anonymous said...

I hope TSN punishes the Eskimos with schedule next year

3RD and 1 said...

If I could control one thing. It would be to keep the EE fans in their bankrupt Province. Obviously life stinks so bad there that they have to escape by reading and joining other teams blogs and forums. The amount of people handing in the keys to their homes and vehicles in Alberta and leaving for greener pastures is unprecedented.
Funny I remember on this blog and TSNs blog all the Alberta fans beaking about how SK citizens had left SK and moved to Alberta to get work and for other reasons. As well as that was the only reason so many green and white fans were at Rider games in Alberta.
Sure is fun to write this comment in a reverse roll X 10. As pretty soon the last person leaving Alberta will have to turn the lights out. The only Albertans not aware of this happening is the ones that live in their Moms basement and troll Rider sites to make uneducated comments.
Have fun Schmos fans with only a third of your stadiums capacity with EE fans. Don't worry too much as Rider fans will support your team when they are playing the Riders.

Anonymous said...

Say bankrupt province all you want bud that is away from football and just a stupid ignorant comment but just wait with the carbon tax to hit saskatchewan for the first time which is now going to happen, we are already dealing with it for years and now you guys get to see what it's like…see who is in worse shape soon and to be truthful I actually hope it doesn't do the damage it has to Alberta just because I am unlike yourself I wouldn't want something to put people in bad shape. Call us bankrupt also and we still hold 2 CFL teams and 2 NHL teams not just one CFL team so guess that shows were the ones in rough shape.

Anonymous said...

I guess TSN better get guys to sign to wear mic's next time otherwise they can refuse under the CFLPA regulations. It is a waste of time anyways.

Anonymous said...

I know many businesses struggling in Saskatchewan due to all the Alberta oil companies not working there anymore so tell me more it's not effecting sask…businesses thrived on the Alberta crew coming in all over and we were all over spending loads of money in your province, you also don't know much and just making dumb comments because people are managing somehow to keep there financial situation manageable and not giving there keys to there house back…look into facts before speaking.