Flames good guy helps superfan

NADIA MOHARIB -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:06 PM ET

 Talk about making a good call.

 A Calgary Flames fan on the road to San Jose, without a ticket for today's playoff game against the Sharks, now has a good line on getting one after a player heard his plight.

  "Craig Conroy said he would do everything he could to get me in," Calgarian Mike Bobie said from Oregon yesterday afternoon.

 Bobie, 34, was on his way to San Jose Friday when he tuned into The FAN 960 to hear a local reporter "whining" about having to fly out to cover the game.

 "And here I am driving 1,400 miles to get there," Bobie scoffed.

 Looking to vent, he called into the Big Show and to his surprise Conroy called in to offer a Shark Tank seat to the faithful fan.

 "Craig Conroy called in on the direct line and apparently scored him a seat," said FAN producer Cary Howe.

 Bobie pulled a few strings in his bid to get to the game.

 First the Heyl Truck Lines personnel manager, who typically has an office job, had to convince his bosses to put him on the highway -- preferably to San Jose.

 "I'm a die-hard fan and I begged and pleaded for my bosses to let me go," Bobie said.

 Lucky for him, they gave him a job hauling palettes to Shark-town.

 If Conroy hadn't made the generous offer, Bobie had a Plan B which included $200 US for a ticket and his trusty Flames flag.

 "I figure someone will sell me a ticket," an optimistic Bobie said.

 "I'll run around the arena with my Flames hat on and I'll stand out in front of the door until I get in."

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 FLAMES FANS ARE STOKED!

 * Jack FM phone lines were flooded by callers trying to rename 17 Ave. S.W. in the wake of the Flames' recent victories. Sun columnist and Jack FM personality Mel Risdon recently asked listeners to weigh in and give their suggestions in renaming the newly adopted hotspot for Flames celebrations to reflect the strip's contribution to Flames Fever. It took two days for Risdon to go through all the suggestions. So, 17 Ave.'s new unofficial name, according to Risdon and Jack -- The Red Mile.

 * Dairy Queen managers say fans are looking for cold treats with which to express their hot infatuation. Several say they receive as many as a dozen requests each day for Flames or hockey-themed cakes. Even Mother's Day and Welcome Home cakes have been requested to show Flames fever depicted on the icing.


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