It's been two weeks since the Calgary Stampeders won the coveted Grey Cup, and while things have quieted down at McMahon Stadium -- sort of -- the shiny trophy has been making the rounds of the city in a big way.
Public relations man Mitch Bayliss says, "It's been on the go almost 24-7 since we brought it home, making stops in many of the city's restaurants and bars, the Alberta Children's Hospital, several schools and with constant requests from other areas."
A problem, though, is the CFL is watching more carefully than in years past, having seen the Grey Cup broken on more than one occasion. The Stamps will only have possession of the prized hardware until sometime next month, unless they want to pay for the privilege.
That control will see a record set in 2001-02 remain in the books. Back then, former Stampeders staffer Doug Rooke kept a diary of where he took the trophy, and it made no less than 600 appearances.
MORRISON LEFT HIS MARK
We knew it was inevitable, but when word comes down of the death of a friend, it still hits home.
Former Calgary Cowboys speedster George Morrison lost his battle with a brain tumor not long ago at the age of 59. He was diagnosed just weeks earlier after he reported feeling a little dizzy while playing golf.
Morrison, who was partly responsible for bringing Nationwide Tour stops to GlenEagles in Cochrane and Redwood Meadows in Bragg Creek, was a hockey star at Denver University, scoring 70 goals in 64 career games while making the NCAA West first all-star team twice.
In his final days, he was a volunteer assistant coach with the women's team at Union College in New York state, and coach Claudia Asano said: "He was everything to our team -- a leader, a mentor, a teacher, a father figure and a coach ... I know our team will miss him tremendously, but his impact on our program will be felt for years to come. We play for him."
There's more. I received a note from Kirstie McLellan, the wife of longtime CFAC broadcaster Larry Day, whose daughter Lundy transferred to Union to tend the twine in her junior year.
"I cannot tell you how much he meant to her and the team," McLellan wrote. "He eased her transition with his kindness and support. Under his tutelage her, confidence soared. I don't know if he ever knew how much he did for Lundy."
Morrison was a fine gentleman. He's in another hockey rink today.
Welcome back, Burt!
There's another interesting development at Redwood Meadows, where the club's first pro, Burt Drysdale, is coming back for a second run in the pro shop.
He will take over for Steve Phillips, who has found a job in B.C. and will move over to be closer to family.
Drysdale was the boss at Redwood Meadows before heading over to Canyon Meadows, where he worked until a few years back.
He's been working on a part-time basis at a nine-hole track in southern B.C., but jumped at the opportunity to come back to Calgary, where his wife Patsy has been working full-time for some time.
Drysdale, in fact, is in B.C. at the moment trying to sell their house before making the move back here.
SOUPY SEEKS 'SPIELERS
My curling guru, Soupy Campbell, is looking for entries into an Ogden Legion cash-spiel Dec. 19-21.
The entry fee is $250 with a prize total of $7,000, and Campbell thinks firefighters and seniors can use this as an opportunity to check out the ice where they'll be playing major events early in the New Year. Soupy's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.