Flames prez talks about Oilers' run

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:19 AM ET

Two years after being the Belle of the Ball, the Calgary Flames and their fans are now struggling to comprehend similar success three hours north in Edmonton.

And while the city is divided on whether to cheer for the Oilers as they hunt for Canada's first Stanley Cup since 1993, perhaps no one has summed up the thoughts of many Calgarians better than Ken King.

"It's right up there with your brother winning the lottery," said the Flames president and CEO of the Oilers' unlikely run.

"You're happy for him but you kind of wish it was you."

So similar is Edmonton's run to Calgary's two years earlier, King recently fielded a call from the Oilers asking for a few thousand car flag staffs to be shipped north due to popular demand for what amounts to today's modern-day bumper sticker.

Now more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a sports world wondering how anyone could question the fact that with six most outstanding player awards and three Grey Cup MVPs in eight seasons, Doug Flutie is the greatest CFLer of all time:

AROUND THE HORN: Juicy leftovers from an entertaining chat with Pete Rose in Calgary last week: "I don't worry about anybody beating my hit record because if somebody's going to break it -- and they probably will -- I'll be dead. It won't happen in the next 30 years." ... "If you're a baseball player and you're going to gamble, you should bet on baseball. That's what you know most about. It was wrong but I thought I had an inside because I knew more about baseball than anybody." ... "Are we naive enough to think Barry Bonds is the only one to take steroids, if he did? I could name you 30 guys in the last five years that went from 42 to 48 shirts. I don't know what's in the water or food they're eating but that doesn't bother me." ... "The only position I never played was pitcher and I didn't want to because they only play every five days." ... On whether he regrets not coming clean on his gambling for 15 years before setting the record straight: "Sure, I wish I would have (admitted it right away). But that's hindsight." ... On his future reinstatement: "If (former MLB commish Bart Giamatti) had lived, I'd still be in baseball because he was a fair guy. Fay Vincent wasn't fair and (Bud Selig) is confused. Guys are scared now because they don't want to make Mrs. Giamatti mad. Giamatti was a smart guy but he was 60 pounds overweight and smoked five packs of cigarettes a day. That's a time bomb waiting to happen. That's not that smart." (Giamatti died eight days after suspending Rose for life.)

PARTING GIFTS: The most prolific field goal-kicker in NFL history, Gary Anderson, kept a close eye on the Champions League final last week as the team his father played for, Arsenal, bowed 2-1 to Barcelona. The South African-born Anderson, who moved to Canmore two years ago, played rugby and soccer as a child and never kicked a football or saw a live game until age 18 when he immigrated to the U.S. As he explains, "Unbeknownst to me all my life, I was practising for a game I'd never seen." Anderson will host his second annual celebrity golf tourney at Stewart Creek June 27 to raise money for young Bow Valley athletes. World Series winner Kent Hrbek, Jamie Sale, David Pelletier and a host of Flames, retired Stamps and area Olympians will join him for the tourney. For more info, call (403) 678-7618 ... Former San Diego Chargers hall of fame tight end Kellen Winslow has a niece who recently made her LPGA debut. Believed to be the first African American to make an Ivy League golf team, Andia Winslow is a 23-year-old Yale grad and former track star who claims she has "the perfect golf name: Wins low."


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