Simpsons rock Vancouver

By STEVE TILLEY, QMI Agency

Marge, this is perfect for both of us! It's got bowling for me, and sweeping for you!" And with that, Homer Simpson discovered curling on last night's episode of The Simpsons.

Well, curling and a few other things: "There's a Winter Olympics?"

While our Winter Games sadly do not feature high-diving into a frozen pool while wearing a Santa hat, a Simpsonified version of the Vancouver Olympics did get some awesome animated air time, as Homer and Marge, along with Principal Skinner and his unforgiving mom, competed in a mixed curling demonstration sport.

From Ivan Reitman directing the opening ceremony (why didn't David Atkins hit upon the idea of releasing a bunch of beavers into the stands?) to Lisa panhandling on the streets of Vancouver to feed her Olympic pins addiction, it poked gentle fun at Canada, curling, the Olympics and the Simpsons themselves. Sure, the episode was probably funnier for Canadians and curlers (and maybe Harry Potter fans) than anyone else, but it did prove Homer has got a bit of meteorological, psychic in him: "Pack your winter coat, we're going to Canada's warmest city!"

Neckbeard Poet and me

If you can't make it to Vancouver but want to be part of the Winter Games, check out the Canadian Tourism Commission's so-called virtual stadium.

Surf to http://virtualstadium2010.com, upload a photo of yourself, and ... well to be honest, I'm not sure what happens next. All the photos will be part of a collaborative art project that will be unveiled in the lead-up to the closing ceremonies on Feb. 28. There are lots of seats left to fill (you can find me in seat 47, row B, section 1), so get crackin'. You're going to want a good spot in case Neckbeard Poet shows up.

Don't make me begg

Did you catch CTV's profile of Dale Begg-Smith, the controversial Canadian-born moguls champ who competes for Australia?

Nice to see that they called the guy out for his lack of emotion, his dodging of Canadian media (assisted by Aussie Winter Olympic honcho Ian Chesterman, who CTV appeared catch in a bit of a fib) and his dubious Internet business, which the Sydney Morning Herald reported was related to adware and spyware.

"I'm just doing as I'm told by these guys," Begg-Smith says when asked by an Aussie reporter why he's not talking to Canadian media. "I go where I'm told and do what I'm supposed to do." In that case, may we kindly request you do a double-back-full flip straight into the proverbial lake?

steve.tilley@sunmedia.ca

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