One on one with Glen Suitor

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 11:20 AM ET

How the devil are you?

I'm loving life. I'm living the dream. I get to go across this country and be part of the league I've grown up with. I'm loving every minute of it.

It's a regular Saturday night and you're not broadcasting. Whatcha gonna do?

I would be going to one of my son's hockey, baseball games or band concerts. He's an electric guitarist. Or I would be at my daughter's dance recitals. Because I travel so much, I try to spend time with them when I get home. Ninety percent of the time, I'm just watching them do their thing. The only time I will watch will baseball is when my son is playing.

Pick five words that describe yourself.

No. 1 would be team. Hard-working. Loyalty. Easy-going.

What were you like in high school?

Shy. My daughter can't believe it because she sees me speak publicly to schools and obviously watches games. She's just shocked I had trouble speaking to people in school. Doing an oral report was one of my greatest fears. Because I played in a province where even the safety is a guy the media talks to on a regular basis, I had to overcome it. I had to make so many different appearances all over Saskatchewan.

What's your poison?

Beer. Too much beer. That would be my vice. It's a favourite.

What's your cellphone ringtone?

Just the ring but I just leave it on vibrate. Too many times it rings when I'm on the air. It's the worst to have it ring during an on-camera call during a show. I miss a ton of calls because of it.

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

I've spent some bad money. It's probably a $500 driver that never hits the fairway. That's the worst when you talk about value for the money. It's supposed to be state of the art but I can't hit the fairway with it.

What's your favourite unhealthy food?

Ju-jubes. If I were going to eat any sweets, that would be it. As for regular food, probably bacon. I eat too much of that.

What's your favourite place to holiday?

Probably a nice fishing lake. We have a place out here called Tunkwa (Lake, in B.C.). We have a little boat and me and my son go out there. I enjoy the Hawaiis and all they have to offer. My ultimate vacation is a family trip, fishing for salmon. I'm in airports and hotels so much, to have that time off to go where there's nobody around is great. I like in my holidays to have the only decision is what are the fish going to bite.

If you weren't a TV personality, what would you be doing?

I would like to think I would be involved in the league office.

Is this your application for commissioner?

Let's make it official. I'm throwing my name in the hat. I'm joking about it because I like what I'm doing. I would like to work in the league office and the ultimate goal would be league commissioner. My business acumen would have to improve but I would like to help the league grow.

Do you have a pet?

Yes, a golden retriever. I'm a big dog guy. His name is Gretzky. My son is a hockey player and on our street in North Vancouver, there was a dog named Sergei, after Sergei Fedorov. My son wanted to one-up him and get a better hockey player. Gretzky is a blond golden retriever, so the name fits.

What's the best year of your life?

Well, 1989 ranks up there. In late fall, being able to hoist the Grey Cup was amazing. The other great ones are when my kids were born but I'll go off the board. The year we won the Grey Cup was the best ever.

Do you miss the moustache?

Not at all. The younger demographic. I'm still trying. TSN said they were striving for the younger demographic. Whatever we could do to help in that respect would help so I got rid of the moustache. I don't know if it's working.

No thoughts of bringing it back?

No, they've spent so much time and money on marketing, promo pictures and video clips. I actually had to ask permission in the first place. It's odd a grown man has to get permission to shave his moustache. They have a whole budget for these things.

TSN used to be the moustache network, didn't it?

My family was watching Ron Burgundy (from Anchorman). I asked them if I looked like that. My wife hesitated and said not really. That was it, it's coming off. If I look like Ron Burgundy, then I'm shaving the moustache.

What's the ugliest thing in your wardrobe?

The biggest benefit for a guy in this business is I get two or three new suits a year. The ugliest thing I have is a Hawaiian shirt because that's what our touch football team wears. We thought it would be cool. It's gawd awful but I have to wear it on team nights.

Could you be convinced to karaoke and, if so, what would you sing?

Absolutely, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, any of those. We could go right now. I'll pull out my guitar. At the end of the season, we get a whole bunch of people together and do campfire songs. In our band, the more you drink, the better we sound.


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