Meet Joe Smith

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

How the heck are you?

I'm doing good.

Joe Smith is kind of a generic name?

My full name is Joseph O'Brien Smith but I've picked up a lot of nicknames through the years: Kimono Joe, Locomotive Joe.

On a night when you're not playing, what do you do to entertain yourself?

I usually put in a DVD or music and go to work with my company.

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Wow ... different, funny, I've heard strange, outgoing for the most part, easygoing.

Do you any business interests outside of football?

Magic Memory Dog Tags. We like to say we engrave a lifetime of memories so that you can carry them with you. We take people's photos of their kids, their moms, special things and we engrave them on different pendants like dog tags or heart shapes.

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

I'd have to say it was in high school I bought this medieval axe/sword thing. Don't ask me why but I was at somebody's garage sale and thought it was kind of neat. I hung it up on the wall but I think my brother took it and tried to chop a tree or something and broke off the top so it went in the trash.

What's the best advice you ever received?

Don't work hard, work smart. My mom told me that.

What kind of car do you drive?

I ride the Sky Train in Vancouver, the best thing that could happen. It's so convenient, I live right across the street from the Sky Train and it takes me five minutes from my home to (practice).

What TV series do you want on DVD?

I'm not a TV series guy but if I could pick a (Japanese) animated series it would be Triguns. It's a nice animated cartoon. The animation's good but you have to read the captions. Most episodes have good points with a guy going through life trying to right some wrongs and it has a good message.

What's your culinary specialty?

Lamb. I have a special concoction I have, never had any complaints. I got it out of two different books, then added one of my secret ingredients.

What's your favourite unhealthy food?

I have to eat wings every so often.

What would be your favourite holiday spot?

I'd have to go back over to Zurich, it's very nice.

What's the best concert you've ever seen?

I've only been to one concert and it was Bon Jovi. He's a great performer and it was last spring in Tampa. I tried to go to see Bob Dylan a few days ago but didn't make it.

What trait do you admire most in other people?

I like to find people who have good ears, good listeners.

Is Wally Buono a good listener?

He'll listen to you, he'll definitely listen to you and let you voice your opinion.

Then does he tell you you're wrong?

Yeah, either way it's his way but he's a good listener.

Do you have any pets?

I have two Warlock Dobermans and a miniature Doberman.

You have a few hours to kill, book or video game?

Could I play my guitar? I told my teammates they have to support me because I'm coming out with a single. I'll have a video and I'm playing my guitar. It's coming out. I'm serious.

What makes you laugh?

I like a good standup comic. I like Cedric the Entertainer.

Any movie make you teary-eyed?

I have a DVD case full of movies that always get a tear. Probably an old one like Fools Rush In.

What's the ugliest thing in your wardrobe?

When I was in college I bought this yellow suit that I think is a nice yellow but my fiancee said 'banana.' That was the first thing that came out of her mouth. That one has stayed (in the closet).

If you could be convinced to karaoke, what would you sing?

I've been working on this song by REM called Man On The Moon. I can feel that one.


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