Ri­valry set aside

Sunday Sports - - SPORTS - — Ted Wy­man

When Blue Bombers quar­ter­back Matt Ni­chols was at the hos­pi­tal Fri­day for the birth of his daugh­ter, he re­ceived a Face­Time call from an old friend.

It was Ed­mon­ton Es­ki­mos quar­ter­back Mike Reilly, who Ni­chols will go up against today in the CFL West Divi­sion semi­fi­nal.

“For him to give me a Face­time and chat with my fam­ily and ev­ery­thing and put ev­ery­thing else aside, I think it’s great,” Ni­chols said yes­ter­day, a day ahead of the play­off game at In­vestors Group Field.

“We were jok­ing around be­cause I named my daugh­ter Parker and I guess I had heard that name some­where be­fore. (B.C. Lions quar­ter­back Travis) Lu­lay texted me and said that his old­est daugh­ter Parker ap­proves of the name. Mike said he knows he’s des­tined to have an­other girl, as it seems like all of us quar­ter­backs do, and just to fit in with the club he’s prob­a­bly go­ing to name her Parker.”

Ni­chols has known Reilly since be­fore they came to the CFL and they were team­mates and room­mates when they both played for Ed­mon­ton.

With the Es­ki­mos, they were al­ways try­ing to beat each other out for a job and now they are try­ing to beat each other to get to the play­offs.

But it won’t hurt the friend­ship.

“It’s a weird thing where you want to beat the guy out but you are also buddies with him,” Ni­chols said. “It’s a jug­gling ef­fect.”

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