Centre waiting for jabs

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

There's a rite of passage every youngster goes through at Mosaic Stadium (formerly Taylor Field).

New Saskatchewan Roughriders fans must learn the words to Green is the Colour and recite it endlessly.

They also have to be creative in heckling the opposition and come up with some witty phrases.

John Comiskey was one of those 'Rider fans schooled at an early age, attending his first game after he just figured out how to speak.

Now that he's on the other side as a player, he appreciates quality barbs from the audience in Regina.

"I enjoy the fact Roughrider fans are passionate about their football," said the Calgary Stampeders centre. "It's the same thing in Calgary. I enjoy that they show pride in their squads and take pride in their hometown.

"I've been a heckler at every stadium I was at, whether it was Taylor Field or not. I've always been a big fan."

Comiskey, who was born in Prince Albert, Sask., and moved to Regina at about the age of three, will make his second professional visit to his former hometown Saturday when the Stamps visit the 'Riders.

He hasn't been in the stands as a spectator since the 2003 Grey Cup when he watched his brother Dan win with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Still, not much has changed in the decade and a half since he moved away from Regina.

Last year, his quarterback, Henry Burris, took a beating from the spectators, then delivered a harsh blow in return by leading the Stamps to victory.

So Comiskey hopes to get a little motivation Saturday as he is expected to make his second straight start at centre.

"It's exciting to walk into an environment where you aren't welcome," Comiskey said. "The emotions will be pumped up. It's something all players enjoy.

EXTRA POINTS: Stamps RT Jeff Pilon returned healthy to practice yesterday and should be ready for Saturday's game. Tyler Lynem graded out extremely well in the start against Hamilton in Pilon's spot ... Stamps DB Crance Clemons is still about two weeks away from returning, while RB David Allen is likely a week off, making him iffy for the game in Regina ... The Roughriders will honour the 1966 Grey Cup champs at halftime with former players in attendance including: Hugh Campbell, Al Ford, Ron Lancaster, Ed McQuarters and George Reed.


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