As the coaches presser trundled towards its end Wednesday morning, the most important question was asked by Edmonton Sun columnist Terry Jones (whose career was just honoured by Hockey Hall of Fame): Jones vaulted out the big Q about sex-before-the-big-game.
Does intercourse sap the strength of football warriors? Would Bombers' coach Paul LaPolice police his players' love and lust? Does Wally Buono have sex rules?
Jones called it the Jim (Shaky) Hunt memorial question. The Toronto Sun man used to be the long-time asker of the pressing question.
LaPolice, at his debut Grey Cup as a head coach, gamely answered first, saying he had thought about it, and had been told to expect the Q (from prying dirty-minded media).
"Everything in moderation" was LaPolice's first thought. He floated the importance of not broadcasting any private moments to Facebook or Twitter. He concluded, regarding any unclothed off-field activity: "I don't really want to be clued in."
Buono, ever dry with his humour, said he thought the question was stated as coaches' thoughts about "sex with players."
Then he segued into a kind-of zen koan: "The thing is, what you do, you do."
Buono provided further enlightenment with this hard-to-believe statement: "Some players enjoy sex, some players don't."
Then he finished on a pragmatic note, like the veteran he is: "If sex is an excuse, it's a bad excuse." Lastly (regarding the game on Sunday, not sex): "When it's time to play, let's go play."