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Big believer in the Rebels' cause


By BRET HART -- SLAM! Wrestling
 Red Deer Rebels, good luck in the Memorial Cup final tomorrow.

 This team has really earned my respect.

 I like the fact that when they beat the Hitmen, they did it fair and square. The Hitmen played great. The Rebels played greater. I'm really rooting for the west but I also think the Rebels are the best team in the country right now, they're a class act and I'll be cheering them on to the Memorial Cup.

 Ole' Lance Galbraith is in the playoffs again while the Tie Domi mishap is fresh on our minds, I couldn't help thinking that Domi did the same thing as Galbraith and was suspended for the rest of the playoffs. Galbraith took out Brad Stuart, the best defencemen in the league, who got to sit out the playoffs with a concussion -- while Galbraith was penalized only one game and then came back to score a goal in the final game -- which Ottawa won by one goal. It's just something to think about and with excitement and emotions running high in the playoffs, maybe we all -- fans and players alike -- need to remind ourselves that it's still better to lose clean than to win dirty.

 That's my opinion, anyway.

 This is a special week for the Hart family.

 My mom and dad are off to Ottawa, where Stu will be awarded the Order of Canada. A couple of months ago they received a call from the Governor General's office notifying them that Stu had been appointed our country's highest honor. Stu thought surely it must be a rib, as wrestlers are notorious for pulling some pretty monumental gags on each other, he laughed it off as a good joke -- until dignitaries from all over the country called to congratulate him. During a recent hospital stay, Stu's biggest concern was that if he didn't get discharged on time he'd miss the ceremony!

 My dad has been a silent benefactor to countless charities and community causes for over 50 years and for me to list them all here would be contrary to the selfless spirit in which he has always contributed. I simply want to say that while Stu has always been known for his tough "wrestler" side, I am proud that he is now being recognized in such a big way for his humanitarian efforts. It is a proud day.

 More good news. For those of you who've been writing me letters asking when you can see me on TV again -- for Canadian fans, the wait is over.

 Just tune in to the hit sitcom Big Sound this week, (Wednesday, 10 p.m. Ch 7. Global) and yeah, I know that's opposite West Wing. so set your VCR or something. I happen to be a fan of West Wing. In fact, I mentioned to my mother the other day that I had to get home to watch West Wing and my dad misheard that and said with great surprise, "I thought you don't watch wrestling anymore." I don't.

 Anyway, the thing about this Big Sound show is that I had a lot of fun doing it and I think for those people who liked the hard-edged wrestler I played a couple of times on Mad TV, you'll get a kick out of my character on Big Sound. If you've never heard me sing, you don't know what you're missing! This is your chance! (And if you have, you're in on the joke!)

 By the way, there are still people who ask me if I really beat up Will Sasso. I tell them -- sort of.

 Big Sound producers told me this episode was scheduled to air in April but they thought it was so funny that they saved the best for last.

 The show is about the hilarious day-to-day antics at a radio station and other popular episodes saw guest appearances by Thomas Dolby (aka She Blinded Me With Science), John Hampson of the mid-'90s grunge band Blind Days, Chantal Kreviazuk, Matthew Good, writer/producer Dave Thomas (no, not the Wendy's hamburger guy), Scott Stapp from Creed, Bif Naked, Stewart Copeland -- the former drummer of the Police, Hammer (as in U Can't Touch This), and singers Melissa Etheridge and Jann Arden.

 It's a fun show and if you check it out, let me know what you think.

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