One on one with Dave Sapunjis

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

How the devil are you?

Very well. I have a family of four and, ever since leaving the game in 1996, the city has treated me well.

It's a regular Saturday night. What do you do?

I would make a big bowl of popcorn the old-fashioned way in a frying pan. I would get a couple of DVDs and settle in with the family for the night. It's not as exciting as the old days when I played.

Pick five words that best describe yourself.

Sporty, family-orientated, loyal, conservative and we have to have something negative, so stubborn.

What were you like in school?

I was the sports guy who enjoyed a lot of fun times with his teammates.

What's your poison?

A second grande coffee in the morning at work. One is enough.

Who's the most famous person in your cellphone book?

Other than my wife, (former Stamps teammate) Doug Flutie. I don't call him a lot.

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever bought?

I've bought some stupid things in my day. I did get a flashy cowboy shirt that had more pink in it than brown.

For Stampede, of course.

Yup, I put it on a few times but never had the guts to wear it out.

What's the ugliest thing in your wardrobe now?

I still have a terrible pair of acid-washed down in one of my drawers. Those are a high school pair of jeans I wouldn't be able to fit into anyway.

What car repairs can you perform?

Not much but one of my kids has stuffed pennies into my CD player. It no longer works and I'll have to repair that.

What TV series do you want on DVD?

Seinfeld is a classic and I would like to get that but, if the wife isn't around, I might be able to get The Simpsons. She's not a fan.

What's your favourite unhealthy food?

I have an affinity for good ice cream. I generally put that in my system after every meal.

What was the best concert you've seen?

Barenaked Ladies at the Saddledome. They have a great attitude on life and it shows up on stage.

You have a few hours to kill: Book or video game?

Probably the Saturday newspaper.

What's your worst habit?

Putting off organizing the garage. It's a mess. It's not really a habit and I'm not a procrastinator.

What's the last movie that made you cry?

I don't have my tough football mentality anymore. I can cry at any emotional movie. There's quite a few that get me going.

What's the strangest piece of fan mail?

Back when I played, I had a few pieces of mail asking me for a date, which for me would have been a blind date. I never followed through with it. Maybe my wife sent me one of those letters.

What's the funniest thing you've seen during a game?

Usually on a Labour Day game when somebody has too much to drink, undresses themselves and runs on the field. It's funny to watch the security guys try to tackle a naked guy.

Superstitions?

When I played, I would always do the same routine with putting my socks and shoes on, followed by a cup of water one minute before the team was introduced onto the field. I have superstitions now when I'm watching the Stamps play. If they win and I'm wearing a certain shirt, mostly likely I'll put that shirt on for the next game without washing it. If they ever go undefeated, I'll be a smelly guy.

Could you be convinced to karaoke and what would you sing?

I actually have a machine in my home. My favourite thing to sing is Sinatra's My Way. I change the words 'my way' and say 'our way.' I sing it with my wife.


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