Hangin' up the mike

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

CALGARY -- Joe Carbury won't be following in the footsteps of Brett Favre.

The future Hall of Fame quarterback's retirement lasted a couple of months.

Carbury, the legendary Rangeland Derby track announcer, said when he leaves the booth after the final race tonight, it'll be for the last time.

"Who started this rumour that I'm retiring?" Carbury said with a deep laugh. "No, this is it. The final chapter, the finish line is there.

"The curtain comes down."

Carbury has called the chuckwagon races at Stampede Park for 45 years, but will call it a career following tonight's $100,000 finale.

He said it'll be strange to watch the races from anyplace other than his perch in the eye in the sky.

"I'll certainly be down to watch the final every year," he said. "Someone asked me how I'm going to feel when they're getting ready to start a race and I'm sitting in the stands.

"I said if I'm sitting in the stands and I hear that Klaxxon horn sound, I'm liable to jump up and yell 'And they'rrrree offfff!'

"It would scare the hell out of everybody."

PRETTY DECENT

The start wasn't pretty.

Neither was the finish.

But everything in between sure was - and so was the score Marwayne's Denton Edge picked up yesterday to snag one of two wildcard entries into today's Round of 10.

Edge stuck out a helicopter ride aboard Black Tail Switch, a yellow beast weighing in at 1,400 lb., to earn an 88.

That score was only bested by J.B. Mauney's 90 on Slim Jim to close out the show.

Mauney, though, didn't have his bull land on him after his ride. Edge was lucky he didn't feel the full weight of Black Tail Switch when the two hit the infield turf together.

"I was a little bit behind him. I had to do some pumping over my head to get around there and get back with him," said Edge of the ride that put another $5,000 in his pocket. "Felt like I made a good ride and I went to get off, kinda hung a spur in my rope or something, and the bull fell on me. I didn't know what the heck was going on for a minute."

BROTHERS ACT

Living in big brother Cody's shadow used to be frustrating, but Heith DeMoss is casting a long dark figure of his own in his first go at the Calgary Stampede.

The Crowville, La., rider will join his elder sibling in today's saddle bronc showdown after an 84 aboard Gross Beetle, a local mare that weighs in at 1,100 lb.

"We'll battle it out there. It's a little brotherly feud," Heith said shortly after his ride.

Feud might be too strong a word. Cody, who won the $100,000 prize at last year's Stampede, was right there in the chutes getting his little brother set.

"He's excited," admitted Heith. "He was over there helping me."


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