No strain in selling Chapdelaine

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

Danny Maciocia got Jacques Chapdelaine to become the Edmonton Eskimos' offensive co-ordinator in the nick of time.

For the first time, Maciocia has revealed that he had a deadline in place to sign Chapdelaine in the off-season.

The pair got the deal done with about 15 minutes to spare on a December morning.

"We had a deadline on it, which was (a) Monday at 11:30 (a.m.)," Maciocia said yesterday in a candid interview after practice.

"I think we got it done at about 11:15, 11:20."

Maciocia actually walked the media through the entire timeline of springing Chapdelaine from the B.C. Lions' den.

The Esks battle the Lions tomorrow night in Vancouver.

"I wasn't overly confident going in (trying get Chapdelaine)," said Maciocia.

"I think the conversation started off on a Wednesday. Thursday he called me back - I know it was 5:15 (a.m.) his time because it was 6:15 here.

"It was Jacques and he said: 'I would like to visit.' We flew him in. I think it was Saturday.He spent all of Saturday and Sunday here.

"So, we had a great visit and then Monday, we just sat down and looked at one another and said: 'What do you want to do?' And he said, 'Let's do it.' "

This will be the second time that Chapdelaine has battled B.C. already this year - so at least he has gotten over the first game hump.

TICKET FRENZY: Adam Braidwood is going home again - but this time he has learned a few things.

In his sophomore season with the Esks, Braidwood has not shelled out for hundreds of tickets for tomorrow's game in Vancouver.

"I'm giving my parents tickets and my little brother - that's it," said the defensive end as the club packed up gear for the road trip.

"I threw out about $400-$500 in tickets (last year) - something crazy like that."

On a more serious note, Braidwood is literally becoming one of the key faces of the franchise.

The Eskimos used Braidwood on billboards to market the start of the season. He is also splashed across tickets, the pocket schedule and the magnetic fridge schedule.

On top of all of that, the 23-year-old is one of two CFL ambassadors for the club, making community appearances on behalf of the CFLPA.

After notching four sacks and five forced fumbles last year as a rookie, the Delta, B.C., native has a simple goal.

"I would love to be the sack leader this year (in the CFL) - this is the week to start," he remarked.


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