One on one with Danny McManus

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

How the heck are you?

I'm doing great. I don't feel like I'm 40. More like 39.

Welcome to Calgary. How do you like us so far?

I've always enjoyed being in this city. It's an outstanding place to come to see a ballgame, now it's great to be a part of the community.

It's Saturday night and you're not playing. Whatcha gonna do?

Most likely I'll watch a game on CBC and make fun of Darren Flutie.

Five words that describe you?

Slow, old, balding and a good time. That's five words.

What were you like in school?

I was a very good student, always went to class. I was scared of Coach (Bobby) Bowden coming into our class at Florida State and catching us not there.

Who's the most famous person in your cellphone?

Brian Williams of CBC.

You're just saying that to score Brownie points?

It doesn't hurt.

What the most ridiculous thing you've ever bought?

I bought a fart machine last year.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

When the ball leaves your hand, there's not a string attached to it. Once it's gone, you can't pull it back. Let it go.

What's your culinary specialty?

A lot of variations of steak. I'm a barbecue guy.

If you weren't playing football, what would you do?

I'd probably be a park ranger. I really enjoy that kind of stuff. I don't think I could ever be inside four walls.

Wrestling alligators in Florida?

No, I'd be trying to 'gig' frogs. You put a little noose around them at night and you wear a miner's helmet and you go around and gig 'em. You get the big ones for frog legs.

What's you worst habit?

Biting my fingernails.

What movie made you teary eyed?

Oh, there's been a bunch of them but I just don't ever admit it. I hide my eyes and wipe the tears away.

Ever purchase pro wrestling on pay-per-view?

No, I like to see it live. No need to buy pay-per-view. I'm a big fan. I go and hold a sign up.

Who's your favourite wrassler?

There was Dusty Rhodes, a long time ago, a guy with the Atomic Elbow, Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka. The last pro wrestling I went to see was three years ago in Hamilton. I think the main draw was The Undertaker.

These were free tickets, right? You didn't pay to watch this?

Oh yeah, I paid!

What's the ugliest thing in your wardrobe?

I have some kind of hippie shirt with two pockets in the front. I don't know what they call it but I've had it for years. I think it's nice but other people call it ugly.

Could you be talked into singing karaoke and, if so, what song would you sing?

I've done that. I broke out on Yellow Submarine by the Beatles. I don't remember the night.

Doesn't Paul Osbaldiston's brother own a wine shop in Calgary?

I've been there, almost every game we played here but always after the game. I think we played a day game here once, got done about 5 p.m. and went over. I'm going to end up working there.


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