Puck culture

By JOE WARMINGTON -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 4:06 PM ET


 The Night Scrawler has taken his show on the road to talk to ordinary Canadians as they celebrate a Canadian team in the Stanley Cup final and as they vent their anger at politicians campaigning for the June 28 election. What's more important to us as a nation? Catch the Scrawler as he rides the highways and byways hearing tales from ordinary folks.

 CALGARY -- "This is our culture," smiled Don Cherry in Calgary, a town still in the mood for a Stanley Cup parade.

 The Calgary Flames fans sure know how to rock the Pen Growth SaddleDome and were doing it again last night for Game 6 of the final against Tampa Bay.

 "I love this. That's the way it should be," said Cherry, who may have done his final season of Coach's Corner.

 "If it is, it has been a good long run," he said.

 There have been lots of media reports about the possibility of Cherry leaving but the legendary Coach says even he can't believe it.

 "I still don't know," he said. "I haven't heard from anybody."

 Grapes said he'd like to return for a 24th season "but it's okay for me to say ... I'm not the guy making the decisions.

 In talking about it, Cherry stopped for a minute and spoke of his late wife, Rose. He figures she would probably be happy if he did leave.

 "She never liked Coach's Corner," he said with a laugh. "She didn't like to see me get into trouble. She wanted me to retire."

 But no matter how much she didn't enjoy Coach's Corner, she still watched every time. "Who doesn't?" he joked.

 If it is indeed the end, Cherry said, he has zero regrets.

 "I am very proud that the players like me and the guys from the Canadian Forces like me," he said. "That stuff is a big deal to me."

 Stay tuned, but Grapes says it has to happen sometime.

 "All good things come to an end," he said.

 What an experience being here in Calgary for Game 6.

 When Editor-in-Chief Mike Therien approached me with the idea of riding the bus out here, I crossed my fingers it would happen.

 Through it all my computer died, my camera is on the fritz, I stepped in an oil slick and ruined my shoes and got food poisoning after a meal of spaghetti and meatballs.

 No big deal. It's all worth it -- whether it was riding the Greyhound or thumbing my way with the help of some truckers.

 A Leafs fan needs to experience what this is like.

 There are a number of people from the GTA out here to be part of this.

 I bumped into Les Murray of Labatt, Louis Cristello of the Monarch Tavern and probably the most popular guy here last night, Tony Correia, of Toronto's Tri Tickets. "There aren't many tickets around," he smiled. "These ones are worth $2,500 each."

 People paid -- it's not every day you can be part of history.


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