Underdogs spawn new backer

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:13 PM ET


 He might be part of the Edmonton Oilers ownership but Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, a Calgarian, has been caught up in the excitement for his hometown Flames.

 "It's nice to have a Canadian team (in the final) but it's also nice to have different teams than Detroit or Colorado," the 43-year-old avid sports fan said in a telephone interview from his offices in Phoenix, Ariz.

 "I don't know if the TV ratings people are going to be happy if they've got a Calgary-Tampa final but you know what? It's cool."

 If Calgary defeats San Jose in the Western Conference final, McFarlane -- whose lucrative toy line includes remarkably lifelike action figures of top sports stars -- would prefer to see Tampa Bay as the Flames' opponent in the Stanley Cup final.

 "Intellectually, I know Tampa Bay had an awesome year but I don't consider them an awesome team, you know," McFarlane said.

 "It's weird but if Calgary went against Tampa, which had a better record than Philadelphia, I'd feel better about it.

 "Because Philadelphia's got that history with them that you go 'Oh no, not the Flyers.' "

 McFarlane will be in Calgary Saturday to take part in the Calgary Stampeders' Fan Fest open house, where he will unveil a new logo for the CFL players' association and sign autographs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 While in town, he hopes to join the Sea of Red and cheer on the Flames.

 McFarlane -- who owns Mark McGwire's 70th home-run baseball as well as the ball from Barry Bonds' record-breaking 73rd dinger -- is currently working on a new series of figurines featuring some of Wayne Gretzky's greatest moments.


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