CAMERON: Winnipeg is definitely staying classy

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The Home Stretch

Christopher Cameron

Some said it was in poor taste that TSN was looking for more attention, while others thought it was amazing and hilarious.

Regardless of the intentions behind it, having Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy join the TSN broadcast team and opening ceremonies during the first draw of the Roar of the Rings was something special and if the number of viewers didn’t go up I’d be shocked.

Everyone wins really, well maybe not Chelsea Carey.

“I’m really enjoying Winnipeg, the Paris of Canada,” Ferrell said, while staying in character during the broadcast of the Jennifer Jones and Chelsea Carey game.

While joining the TSN crew for the first draw he made a number of jokes and learned about the game of curling. Possibly unfortunate for Carey if she goes back to watch the game, she had an open hit to score one in the third end.

Ferrell made a joke about it being an impossible shot, something that will make history in curling.

“I don’t think she can do it, I just don’t,” he said. “This is next to impossible, in fact I don't think it’s ever been done before. Let’s see if this is curling history right here.”

Carey missed the hit.

Open hits are normally no problem for curlers at this level, but a combination of Ferrell making a joke about an easy shot and her not making it made me cringe when she missed.

Aside from that I believe the Canadian Curling Association brought more attention to the sport and Olympic trials with their broadcast partnership with TSN. It also allowed Ferrell to promote his newest film “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

Fans in the arena also had the special experience of him being in attendance and nowadays sport organizations and teams are trying to enhance the fan experience to draw larger numbers or at least keep them consistent. This definitely was a way to do that and with it early in the week it didn’t detract from the meaning of the weeklong event at the MTS Centre.

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Dave MacIntyre put it best when he said the Weeks Major Midgets had a no-quit attitude on Sunday, which allowed them to come back in the third period and defeat the Valley Wildcats for the third straight game.

Saturday was one of the best efforts I’ve seen from the team all season, save for the first three minutes or so. They were smarter with their passes and generally the way they were reading the play.

They did a great job of maintaining focus even after a number of calls were not made by officials, who were allowing a lot of penalties to go uncalled on both sides. At the end of the game the Wildcats stopped playing the puck and got chippy and it was definitely unfortunate that the Weeks players had to stand up for themselves and the officials let it get out of hand at the end by not calling penalties against the Valley, but I think them standing up for each other was warranted.

This weekend will be another big test as they take on the No. 1 Cole Harbour Wolfpack. If their effort is the same this weekend as last they should have no problem getting their first win against the top-ranked team.

Christopher Cameron is the sports reporter for The News and can be reached at christopher.cameron@ngnews.ca or on Twitter @NGNewsChris. His column runs weekly on Wednesdays.

Organizations: Wildcats, Canadian Curling Association, MTS Centre

Geographic location: Winnipeg, Canada

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