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RedBlacks, Eskimos arrive in Winnipeg

The Ottawa RedBlacks and Edmonton Eskimos have arrived in Winnipeg to begin preparing (and answering tons of questions from the media, including the one on their sex habits) for the 103rd Grey Cup on Sunday.

Day one of practice is in the books as both teams get ready to erase some very extensive Grey Cup droughts: Edmonton since 2005 and Ottawa since forever. (Or 1976, to be exact.)

The Eskimos seem to be extremely calm…well, other than Odell Willis, who was forcing media to do pushups at practice.

On the other hand, Henry Burris seems to be coming into the game with a huge chip on his shoulder. Following Sunday’s win over Hamilton he couldn’t help but mention that players like Ricky Ray, Anthony Calvillo and Damon Allen would never have went to Ottawa to help out an expansion franchise. He also couldn’t help but still feel bitter about how his time in Hamilton came to an abrupt halt.

Wednesday’s media day has been an absolute crusade for Smilin’ Hank to call out every critic he’s ever had. From being asked to compete for a starting job with Nealon Greene in Saskatchewan to losing his job to Drew Tate in Calgary to being let go in favour of Zach Collaros in Hamilton, Henry *has* had his fair share of doubters.

At 40 years old, Henry Burris says he only has one or two years left in him, so this Sunday’s game may be his last chance to silence those critics for good…

– written by Travis Currah