Case of sibling revelry

John Comiskey, during practice at McMahon Stadium. (SUN/Darren Makowichuk)

John Comiskey, during practice at McMahon Stadium. (SUN/Darren Makowichuk)

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

John Comiskey was 16 the last time the Saskatchewan Roughriders played a playoff game in Calgary.

But he still had an interest in the outcome, although he was living in Chatham, Ont.

As soon as the Roughies beat the Stamps in the West Division semifinal that day in November 1997, Comiskey burned up the phone lines looking for a ride West to watch his brother Dan play the Edmonton Eskimos in the West final.

"I had to get my license but a friend of mine had bought a Saskatchewan car and needed it driven back out," said the Calgary Stampeders centre and Prince Albert, Sask., native about the 24-hour drive.

"It was an '83 Mercedes Benz with no cruise control.

"I met friends just outside of Regina and we jumped into a different car to get to Edmonton.

"It was a great time."

John watched his brother's Roughriders upset the Eskimos, only to lose to the Toronto Argonauts in the Grey Cup, also held in Edmonton.

The Comiskey family will be making new memories as the Roughriders visit McMahon Stadium for the West semifinal Sunday.

Dan Comiskey, now manning the Eskimos' offensive line, is coming down to watch John start his first playoff game.

"We made a deal that whoever goes further in the playoffs, the other has to support him," John said.

"He'll be in the stands with a Stampeders hat.

"It will be a tough switch for a guy who is so loyal to his team. It's not something

I enjoyed doing last year.

"I'm happy being on this end of it."

Last year, John -- then a Stamps rookie -- watched as Dan's Eskimos came into McMahon and end Calgary's season.

John continued onto Vancouver, where Edmonton won the Grey Cup.

"I was there celebrating the victory with him," John said.

"We're brothers and best friends."

They're eight years apart but John seems to be emulating Dan's career, emerging as a reliable centre after taking over from Godfrey Ellis early this season.

"He's been an idol of mine," John said of Dan, who won Grey Cups with Edmonton in 2003 and '05.

"I saw the way he played, aggressive and tenacious. He's a hard-nosed guy and following his lead is something I pride myself on."


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