Flames and Roughnecks

It’s a great time to be from Calgary! Not that any time isn’t.

Last Monday at the Dome was an incredible night that I’ll never forget! I remember being surprisingly optimistic about the series with the Red Wings. I’d never seen the Calgary Flames fans so worked up and it was easy to see right from the start of the game that Iginla and the boys were tired of being second guessed.

Listening to the pumped up crowd brought back memories from my wrestling career when I rocked the Dome. It’s an amazing feeling to stand at center ice and hear a crowd roar like that ! Only a few people get to hear that kind of ovation in their life time and The Flames waited long enough! It’s my unqualified hunch that if there is but one man that holds the secret formula to beat the San Jose Sharks it would have to be Darryl Sutter. The way Sutter has motivated this team no doubt makes him a strong candidate for coach of the year.

With all eyes focused on The Flames it’s easy to have missed out on the amazing season that the Calgary Roughnecks have had! The National Lacrosse League franchise has done an amazing job of putting this team together and after the championship game they can hold their heads high. I was speaking with Roughneck’s captain, Tracey Kelusky , at the team office a few days ago. he, Kaleb Toth and the rest of the Roughnecks were nothing but the picture of confidence and they couldn't wait to take the field in front of 20,000 screaming fans.

I’ve never been to a Lacrosse game and I found watching the championship to be really interesting, especially the audience. The Roughnecks ardent supporters were as loud as any crowd for any event that I can remember, along the lines of what the Flames have been hearing for the past few weeks.

It was while talking to Roughnecks GM and President Brad Bannister that I bumped into Stan Schwartz, retired Stampeder President and local roughian, who was on hand to lend his support and maybe take a look at Bannister’s play book on how he’s taken this young team all the way to the top. With a strong fan base, an amazing assortment of some of the best lacrosse players in the world, and with the looming NHL strike the Roughnecks and The Hitmen could very well be the best entertainment in town next year.

All I know is that after waiting for years to finally come home from my travels as a wrestler it’s been a blast watching The Flames, The Hitmen and The Roughnecks entertain me for a change. Wouldn't it make for an absolutely wonderful year if Calgary became the city of champions? With the Flames and the Roughnecks playing the way they have maybe new Stampeder head coach Matt Dunigan can follow suit by lighting a fire under the Stampeders and cap it all off! Can you imagine that?

There’s magic in the air.