Idea to take bite out of McMahon streakers

BILLY POWERS

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What comes to mind is streaking for some reason. Mostly because of what happened last week at McMahon Stadium during the Labour Day Classic that was ruined in part by idiotic people strutting around in the nude.

Now, I will admit when these things first started, they were amusing. But that was maybe 25 years ago or more. There is, though, an answer.

Think about this for one second, if you will. The Stampeders pay big dollars for security at every game and part of that happens to be members of the city police force, who, to be honest, are on duty only in the event of an emergency. Nude people running on the field make it a necessity, I guess.

Anyway, what about cutting down costs and eliminating 40 or 50 police officers and replacing them with four, each with a German Shepherd? Go to the department's canine squad, give them double what the others get and a year's supply of Purina for the helper and put one at each corner of the field. First one on the field in the nude is targeted by a dog. Pooch makes contact, and you know what? Second streaker on is now a quitter having lost his bet or his university initiation hope but keeping his record clean of a criminal offence.

And that can mean he or she can still leave the country, which would not have been the case if he had made a fool of himself in front of 35,000 football fans.

It's just a thought, but I'd love so see some drunken jerk tracked down at midfield by a dog under orders to bite what's in sight. Would-be streakers would then be having second thoughts, I'm sure.

VACATION Paradise

We missed last week's column because it was holiday time, and to be honest, I needed one. This turned out to be one of the best that my bride Donna Lee and I have had in years.

Offered the Whitefish Lake palatial residence of squash buddy Lynn Thurlow and his wife, Jill, we spent a week in an area the residents consider a "little piece of heaven on Earth."

And we second that motion after our break down there.

It would be nice to think we might end up buying in the area like hundreds of Calgarians already have. But when you find out lakeside property is up to $30,000 a foot, we sort of put the idea on hold for a week or so.

I did get a chance to play the Whitefish Lake Golf Club twice, with Calgary's own Pat Boswell, Dave Punt and Ken Sissons, and it is one of the better deals at a price of just $46. The fairways, tee boxes and greens are immaculate, and apparently the greens keeper is up for a national award as a result.

The recently retired Punt took us on a tour of the seven-mile-long, 400-ft.-deep Whitefish Lake, and boy do the names of the rich and famous come up. Did you know that Julia Roberts and Keifer Sutherland built a mansion there when they were together years ago? Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight also built on the lake, as did Paula Abdul and Emilio Estevez.

Former major league pitcher Steve Howe had a spot there but chose to leave when they wouldn't let the seven-time loser in the drug-use game coach his son's little league baseball team. Former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe has a beautiful layout on the shore and mixes with the locals on a regular basis.

A kicker, though, is one of the Google originators has a spot overlooking the lake that is a modest 40,000 sq.-ft. and includes a bowling alley and a basketball court.

It was a break we both needed but one that leaves us wondering why didn't we look at this area years ago.

Today, it's out of reach.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Look for the Canadian Curling Association, through the Governor General's Club, to announce tomorrow Moncton will be hosting the 2009 world curling championships. Calgary has the Tim Horton's Brier that year, so the winner here gets the junket to Moncton to represent Canada. Moncton hosted the worlds back in 1980, the year Rick Folk was champion after winning the Labatt Brier at the Stampede Corral.

Until next week.


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