Father knows best

Eskimos fullback Deitan Dubuc will have his own cheering section when Edmonton takes on the...

Eskimos fullback Deitan Dubuc will have his own cheering section when Edmonton takes on the Montreal Alouettes Friday in Montreal. (Edmonton Sun File Photo)

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia says he's met a number of folks as he climbed the CFL's ladder of success.

Some were interesting. Others memorable.

Then there were those Percival Molson Stadium denizens Maciocia figured were just plain nuts.

Take the Montreal Alouettes fanatic with the air horns hooked to a compressor and air raid siren who kept insisting he had a kid playing football at the University of Michigan, for example.

"When I was with the Als and I was in the press box, I would climb all those stairs and there'd be these three or four fans with horns and hard hats," chuckled Maciocia yesterday.

"They would always talk to me and one would always talk to me about his son who played at Michigan. I thought to myself, 'Yeah, everybody's son plays at Michigan.' Well, that gentleman's name was Dubuc."

Misgivings about Richard Dubuc's sanity notwithstanding, the name didn't mean much to Maciocia at the time.

TRADED TOP PICK

Given the Esks ended up trading away the first overall pick to acquire the CFL rights to Deitan Dubuc two years ago, the one-time wing nut is now Monsieur Dubuc in Maciocia's book.

Armed with his compressor, air horns and siren, Richard Dubuc and his gang will be in the stands at Percival Molson Stadium Friday night.

Rather than wearing the Als' red, white and blue, he and his three cronies will be clad in Green and Gold.

"He's still a huge Alouettes fan except when they're playing the Eskimos," explained the younger Dubuc, who was instructed by his father to scoop up four Esks jersey with his name and number emblazoned on the back and take them to Montreal.

According to the strapping CFL rookie who many say has a long and prosperous career ahead of him, the elder Dubuc's handiwork is routinely heard from coast to coast.

"If you're watching TV and the Alouettes score a touchdown, you know it's my father who is making all that noise," chortled the six-foot-four, 250-pound running back after doing his best air raid siren impression.

WELL KNOWN

"Everybody knows him. When Danny would go up to the booth he'd always ask him to stop and have a beer with him. Danny didn't have any choice, he had to refuse."

After chasing his NFL dream through three different NFL organizations followed by several lengthy talks and face-to-face meetings with Maciocia, Dubuc finally agreed to give three-down football a try and signed with the Esks in February.

HOMECOMING

The native of Fabreville, Que., hasn't set foot in Percival Molson Stadium since 1997, his final year at Vieux Montreal.

"It's going to be incredible to go back to the field where I played during my three years at Vieux Montreal," Dubuc beamed. "With my family and friends, it'll definitely be special."

Naturally, with tickets for Friday's game at a premium, Dubuc has been doing his level best to eclipse the normal player ticket allotment of two.


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