Tough spot for brother

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

Dan Comiskey might have had the most awkward feeling of anybody while watching the A.J. Gass scrap at Commonwealth Stadium last weekend.

The injured Edmonton Eskimo left guard had to see his teammate get into it with his younger brother - Calgary Stampeder offensive lineman John Comiskey.

At one point, Gass ripped off John's helmet and chucked it 35 yards down the field during the melee.

"It is tricky," said Dan Comiskey of the ordeal. "Because there is a natural instinct there to protect your family and at the same time I know what he is doing and I know that is his element.

"I understand that is part of the deal.

"You almost feel like reaching in, but at the same time you are looking at it - well ...

"I have beat up guys' brothers, playing football. It is just an interesting situation."

Dan couldn't believe that Gass actually got John's helmet off and then hurled it into the air.

"(But) it is this rivalry, it is always crazy," continued Dan.

"There is so much animosity between Calgary and Edmonton.

"It is pushed by the fans. It is pushed by the media. But there is a real hatred between these two teams.

"One thing it does for me is it makes Christmas dinner a lot of fun."

On the topic of his own locker-room, Dan did see some positives out of the scrap, which featured Kenny Onatolu coming to the defence of Gass. Both players were ejected.

"It was nice to see them (the defence) fighting for each other," continued Dan.

"You want to make some good decisions there. But at the same time I think we are developing a real brotherhood here and I think that is important in order for winning."

Comiskey was hoping to play this week, but it appears the Eskimos will sit the guard again. He suffered a torn left calf muscle on July 13 in Winnipeg and hasn't played since.

It's possible he could return next week.


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