Doug Speirs

  • Trending that caught Doug's eye: Celebrity species

    His career is far from over, but Boston Bruins star goaltender Tuukka Rask has already become an immortal. It's not because he's one of the best goalies in the National Hockey League, although his skill did earn him the Vézina Trophy in 2014.
  • Your weekend weather

    You don't have to thank me, even though you are going to be exceedingly grateful. This is because today, the weather column is going to tell you about an awesome group of young men who will not only entertain your socks off (which can be dangerous in cold weather like this), but will also make you burst with pride about being a Manitoban.
  • Hair-raising tales

    It's a question we have all asked ourselves at one time or another -- how would I react if I received a haircut that looked as if it had been styled by a flock of angry seagulls fighting over a pile of garbage. One option, of course, would be to fly into a blind rage and literally trash the hair salon to make it clear how upset you are with your new look.
  • Make sad people happy

    I spent a couple of hours Tuesday scouring my house from top to bottom searching for the perfect book to read to the kids in Bonnie Slobodian's Grade 6 class at St. Alphonsus School in East Kildonan. That is how I stumbled on an old dog-eared copy of Life's Little Instruction Book, which inspirational author H. Jackson Brown Jr. wrote in 1991 as a gift for his son, Adam, who was heading off for his first year at college.
  • A little too far outside the box

    I do not wish to cause undue alarm, but I am really worried about my best friend. As guys of my particular gender have already deduced, I am talking about television.
  • Trending that caught Doug's eye: Oscar snubs

    Let's face it: You know you're going to watch, and we know you're going to watch. As you have already deduced, we're talking about Sunday night's broadcast of the 87th annual Academy Awards.
  • Hear them roar

    Do you know what's really loud? We'd be happy to tell you what's really loud! Monster trucks are really (insert very bad word here) loud. It is difficult, armed only with mere words, to describe the intense decibel level pumped out by these metallic monsters, but what with being a professional communicator, we will give it our best shot: "THEY ARE REALLY, REALLY LOUD!"
  • Lights, camera, tails wagging

    I agreed to do something Thursday afternoon I would normally avoid like the plague. I took my dogs to work with me. For the record, I don't mean I took them to my office cubicle. What I mean is they accompanied me on a high-pressure journalistic adventure.
  • Acting for fundraiser event no piece of cake

    I have learned a great deal about the art of acting in the last week. For instance, I have learned if you practise your lines by muttering them under your breath while sitting in a hospital waiting room before doing blood tests, everyone in the room will back away slowly because they suspect you are suffering from a hazardous brain malfunction.
  • Trending that caught Doug's eye: Famous liars

    Someone famously said the first casualty of war is the truth. You won't get much argument from disgraced NBC news anchor Brian Williams, suspended six months without pay this week for falsely claiming he came under fire in a U.S. military helicopter while covering the Iraq war in 2003.
  • Your weekend weather

    Before we get to your official weather forecast for the Louis Riel Day holiday weekend, I'd like to kick things off with the following urgent announcement: "ATTENTION MEN: DROP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING (UNLESS IT IS A SCALDING CUP OF COFFEE OR AN INFANT) AND CHECK THE DATE ON THE FRONT OF THIS NEWSPAPER!"
  • True love begins with bacon, puns and steak

    It's almost Valentine's Day, and once again there is something special in the air. Take a big whiff. Smell it? It's the unmistakable stale scent of flop sweat, which a lot of guys exude by the bucket at this special time of year because they are pretty much clueless about how to ask that special someone out on a first date.
  • Harvest hoping new project to help homeless will go viral

    TODAY, because we have a little extra time on our hands, I thought we could help launch a charitable activity that will make the world a better place for everyone. You probably think I’m joking, but I’m not.
  • Heroic charms of super-sexy voice

    If you're looking for a reason to be jealous of me, I suggest you start with my super-sexy reading voice. You will be shocked to hear this, but I didn't realize I had a super-sexy reading voice until a few days ago, when I was standing in the checkout aisle at my local Safeway.
  • Trending that caught Doug's eye... one-book wonders

    It's one of the most powerful moments in film history, given birth by one of the greatest lines in all of American literature. It's hard not to get misty-eyed thinking of the scene in the 1962 classic film To Kill A Mockingbird when lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) shuffles out of the courtroom after his innocent black client is wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in the Deep South.
  • Your weekend weather

    Here's a question: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a hamster rolling around inside of one of those little plastic balls? Here's the answer: No, you haven't! That's because you are what we call "sane," as opposed to being a middle-aged, overweight newspaper columnist who is compelled to do weird things by editors who want to see him sustain a crippling knee injury.
  • This rabbit's making me squirrelly

    He shows up every day at precisely the same time. You could literally set your watch by him.
  • Demon dog tests even the most patient owner

    I don't know how you like to start the day, but I always kick things off with a scalding soak in the tub. It's my tradition, the only way I can prepare myself physically, spiritually and psychologically for a high-pressure day of freshly scrubbed journalism.
  • Open wide and say... 'meow'

    Aside from climbing Mount Everest and scuba diving with sharks, it is one of the most difficult things to accomplish without losing a limb. As most pet owners have already deduced, I'm talking about the potentially lethal challenge of getting your cat to swallow a pill.
  • There is no such thing as a good bowl of mild chili

    The secret to a long and happy marriage is finding activities both of you enjoy doing together. For instance, on Super Bowl Sunday, my wife, She Who Must Not Be Named, and I traditionally spend time in the kitchen whipping up a huge batch of chili to bring to the annual party at our friends Kevin and Charlene's house.
  • Trending that caught Doug's eye... Super bad ads

    Like most football fanatics around the globe, you probably won't sleep tonight because you can't wait for the kickoff of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. You are quivering with excitement because you can't wait to watch New England superstar Tom Brady and his under-inflated footballs take on Russell Wilson and the vaunted defence of the Seattle Seahawks, right?
  • Your weekend weather

    It's time for your official Super Bowl Weekend Weather Forecast, wherein we attempt to discuss wind-chill factors and seasonal norms while you stuff your faces with delicious snacks foods consisting primarily of grease. To maximize your artery-hardening enjoyment of Super Bowl XLIX -- which is "gladiator speak" for 49 -- we are going to kick things off this morning with a heartfelt weather-related football cheer we have just made up. One, two, three, chant:
  • Take my advice, Richard Sherman: just focus

    I stumbled on some exciting Super Bowl news Thursday morning when I staggered into the den in my bathrobe and flicked on our big-screen TV. For the record, I am not referring to the shocking revelation that the New England Patriots' multimillionaire quarterback, Tom Brady, has a serious case of the sniffles and is treating his cold by "consuming a lot of garlic," which could result in Brady's lethal garlic breath causing vision problems for the Seattle Seahawks' defence, not to mention teammates who are forced to stand next to him in the huddle.
  • Soggy gitch no match for male brain

    I do not wish to unduly alarm anyone, but I recently survived a major household crisis. As so often happens with guys of my particular gender, this crisis involved underpants.
  • Trending that caught Doug's eye... heroic animals

    Move over, Kim Kardashian, because a heroic Russian cat is breaking the Internet. The remarkable tale of a stray cat named Masha has gone viral after the long-haired feline saved an abandoned baby from freezing to death by wrapping itself around the newborn to keep him warm.

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