By BRET HART
-- For SLAM! Wrestling
So, I'm going to be on TV this week.
That used to be old hat but now it'll be a challenge.
By choice I haven't done a lot of public speaking since my stroke except for a few carefully chosen opportunities on camera for a few seconds here and there.
I set odd, little personal goals for myself, little tests, so I could gauge how far I've come and how far I still have to go.
The next one is to do a TV interview with Michael Landsberg on Off the Record (airing in two parts on TSN, Feb. 11 and 18.)
Why did I choose to do this interview ?
Because Michael Landsberg has always been fair and thorough, he really does his homework well and he has always made me feel very much at ease talking with him.
It's a compliment when a host can make an important forum feel casual, especially when he still manages to not skirt around the big issues.
What I like about Landsberg is he asked me right up front if there was anything I didn't want to talk about, a consideration very few talk show hosts will give you, but I told him I'd be happy to talk about anything he wants.
Based on past OTR interviews, the conversation could go anywhere and I'm as interested as anybody to see where it ends up.
Michael first approached me about doing the interview in November but I wasn't quite ready yet, so we've left it until now. Since word got out, I've been flattered to receive countless offers for different shows but I have to say I expect this OTR interview will be my last appearance for a little while.
When I'm in Toronto, I'll probably get a chance to hook up with my good buddy, Tie Domi of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Last year, I brought Tie up to my dad's house to show him the dreaded dungeon.
I took Tie over to Stu, who was seated at the head of the dining room table, and Stu inquired: "Hockey player are ya?"
Next thing ya know, Stu's got Tie hiking up his pant leg.
"Ye got a good set of calves on ya," my dad said.
I wasn't quite sure what to think when Stu, still sizing up Tie like a piece of prime beef, said to him: "Ye got an interesting head on ya."
All three of us kind of just burst out laughing.
I'm sure Leafs coach-GM Pat Quinn would have been proud to see his courageous tough guy rolling around on the oriental rug with an 87-year-old man -- and not necessarily winning!
"And from here, if I wanted to ... I could just bite cha on the nose."
Stu was showing Tie how to put his chin in the eye of an opposing player in a clinch.
I've yet to see it done but sooner or later you'll hear about some new trend in hockey fights and we'll all laugh and blame it on my dad.