Quick hits with Pat Fleming

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

Q.H.: Kickers, like goalies, are considered somewhat eccentric. Do punters fall into that category as well?

P.F.: Everyone always says, 'those damn kickers', and I used to say, 'hey, I'm a punter, not a kicker,' so I wouldn't be put into that category. So I guess, punters, I guess, aren't in that category. But now if I'm kicking field goals, I guess I'm considered a kicker. So I guess I am part of it.

Q.H.: Okay. Does that mean you're behaviour pattern is going to change?

P.F.: I'm not going to change anything.

Q.H.: What would people consider the strangest thing about Pat Fleming? Habit? Taste? Anything?

P.F.: Tastes? On my hamburgers, I eat only pickles. That's it. Plain, with pickles.

Q.H.: What kind of pickles?

P.F.: Dill.

Q.H.: Does it have to be a special kind of dill?

P.F.: No just dill. I love pickles.

Q.H.: Is there anything particular you like to do with your time off?

P.F.: I spend a lot of it with my dog, actually. I just got a dog. He's a year old.

Q.H.: What kind of dog?

P.F.: An Australian Shepherd. He's about 65 lbs. He's very smart. He's like almost human. I spend a lot of time with him, teaching him a lot of tricks. He knows a lot of tricks. He's basically like a kid, he takes so much of my time.

Q.H.: What did you name him?

P.F.: Teddy. Because he's like a teddy bear. He's got a lot of fur.

Q.H.: What would be a good example of Teddy's brilliance?

P.F.: When I'm lying in bed, and I tell him to turn off the light, he turns off the light.

Q.H.: He does not.

P.F.: He does. He uses his mouth.

Q.H.: How high is the switch?

P.F.: About four feet.

Q.H.: That's pretty good.

P.F.: And he plays dead, rolls over, gives both paws ... he understands a lot of words, like come, and go back, and whatever.

Q.H.: What does he do when you tell him whatever? No, never mind. Is he the first pet you've ever had?

P.F.: Yeah. I've had a bird, a fish, turtles ... I never liked dogs, growing up. But I decided to get one.

Q.H.: How do you start your day?

P.F.: I eat the same thing every day. Usually, it's cereal. Mini-wheats. And some kind of protein in there. Either bacon, or ... I try to get a mix of protein and carbs. I eat the same stuff every meal. Usually, it's spaghetti ... a lot of spaghetti with meat, a lot of chicken, a lot of pizza. I like making my own pizza.

Q.H.: Is that your specialty?

P.F.: That's my specialty. Pizza.

Q.H.: What do you put on your pizza?

P.F.: Usually with salsa, with green olives and cheese. That's what I do. A little pita pizza.

Q.H.: What else does your off day consist of?

P.F.: I like to sleep in. I like to play on the computer. Go swimming. Work out. I like to work out a lot. Stay in shape ...

Q.H.: What's the website you visit most?

P.F.: My e-mail. Or, lately, I want to buy a new car, so I've been looking at cars. And a lot of sports. ESPN.com.

Q.H.: Are you into pools?

P.F.: Yeah, everything. I like to do everything. I like to play pool with my dad. He's good. I like to play ping pong, tennis ... you name the sport, I'll play it.

Q.H.: At this camp, how popular is the ping pong table in the lounge?

P.F.: It's the biggest thing.

Q.H.: Who's the best player?

P.F.: I'm the champion.

Q.H.: And who's the No. 1 challenger?

P.F.: Garry (Buxton). The equipment (assistant) guy.

Q.H.: No players throwing a scare into ya?

P.F.: Paul Peterson beat me the first day, then after that, no more. Bo Rogers is pretty good. K.J. (Kerry Joseph) is good. Yo Murphy is good.

Q.H.: Who's the best pool player here?

P.F.: Probably Whisper (injured running back Herbert Goodwin). He's good. He plays a lot.

Q.H.: Who's got the biggest appetite?

P.F.: Marc Pilon. He freakin' eats like an animal. An animal.

Q.H.: If a pianist takes extra care of his fingers, what does a kicker do for his toe?

P.F.: I make sure my toenails are nice and short. I clip 'em. One time when I was younger, I was kicking, and my toe nails were too long, and I broke my nail, and it kinda hurt. So I make sure they're always short now. That will never happen again.

Q.H.: And your proudest moment on a playing field?

P.F.:There's a lot. Probably baseball, and representing Team Canada, in the Big League World Series in Fort Lauderdale. I was 18, playing for the West Ottawa Crusaders, and we played against Taiwan, and Mexico, Venezuela ... that was probably my biggest accomplishment?

Q.H.: What position did you play and what was the scouting report?

P.F.: Right field. I went down to college to play both, but I didn't have the passion for baseball. I love football.

THE FACTS

- Birthdate: June 30, 1978

- Birthplace: Ottawa

- Height: 6-foot-2

- Weight: 190 lbs.


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