Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Seeing stars and racing cars
Sometimes this job is just too much fun.I've got a couple events coming up - both for very good causes - that have me about as giddy as a kid at Christmas.
The first is this Thursday, Aug. 30, 1 p.m., at Canwest Global Park in Winnipeg
.I'll be one of a handful of local media "celebrities" (insert laughter here) who will become the whipping boys and girls in a charity slo-pitch game against a team of past and present NHL stars, including: Teemu Selanne
Ulf Nilsson Thomas Steen
Anders Hedberg Dale Hawerchuk
Jordin Tootoo Jonathan Toews
and Dave Ellett.If this were a prize fight the judges would stop it before it even begins!However, it's a fundraiser for the Amadeus Steen Foundation
and Children's Hospital, so our public flogging is all for a great cause.Tickets are only $5 (click HERE
to get 'em) and the first 1,000 people get wristbands for an autograph signing session after the game (with the hockey stars, not us media slugs).Now, my dreams of taking Teemu deep, robbing Hawerchuk of a home run or stealing a base off Steen may have been dashed this past week by a very ill-timed injury.My pre-game training regiment - a leisurely Saturday afternoon jog - left me with what emergency room medical staff believe are torn ligaments in my right ankle.Therefore, depending on how the next few days go, I may be relegated to a base coach or bat boy. But I wouldn't miss taking in the game for the world, and I hope you'll join me in what should be a tremendous afternoon at the ball park.The other event, Sunday September 9, 1 p.m., at Thunder Rapids Amusement Park in Winnipeg
, will see me trading my batting helmet for a racing helmet.
I'll be behind the wheel of a souped-up Go-Kart, along with several colleagues from the Free Press, taking on teams from other media outlets in a high-speed race to the finish line.Apparently we'll also be dodging a steady stream of water balloons being hurled our way, all in the name of raising funds and awareness for Huntington's Disease.The "media challenge" races actually cap off a weekend of activities, with other family fun planned for September 8. Call Vern Barrett at 694-1779 for more information.Get your motor runnin' and see you at the track! Admission is free.I actually keep a running list of public activities - which mostly involve radio and television interviews but also public speaking engagements and book signings - on my www.mikeoncrime.com
to view all events, past and present.