How 'bout that? Hollywood actor Billy Bob Thornton made a stop in Swift Current last night.
He and and his band stopped in at the Humptys on the North Service Road for some eats....
Eagle morning show co-host Chance Duperreault's girlfriend Tanya relayed the info to him and he in turned called me to share the news.
Apparently he was a great guy to everyone and posed for pictures and signed autographs. Someone in the restaurant jumped on their cell phone to relay the message. He took the phone and started talking to the person on the other line "yes this is Billy Bob, how are you?"
When it comes to Thornton's usually only a "Joe" would get me excited but his role as "Coach Gaines" in Friday Night Lights was outstanding. He most recently starred in the Astronaut Farmer.
Word is he has a rock band and is travelling across the country. He had no idea where he was apparently.
That's about it for entertainment news.... as far as WHL hockey, it was back on the air last night. Drew Wilson from 900 CKBI Prince Albert had the play-by-play for last night's Raiders vs Moose Jaw Warriors game; the first of the exhibition season. Prince Albert took it in a shootout 5-4.
Kudos to Drew for doing every pre-season game. We at the Eagle hope our first broadcast will be the September 14th game vs Regina in Kindersley however nothing has been finalized on that front.
Tonight I have about six of the Broncos coming by the station to help us out with some promos and our game broadcast opener. I have this idea in my head about this year's game intro. It heavily involves the guys and I hope it works out. If it does, it will sound great.... stay tuned.
Has Riley Merkley played his last game with the Calgary Hitmen? It appears so. It's been reported he's not at camp and awaiting a trade. The 19 year-old forward only tallied three goals last season. Merkley is a former 1st round bantam pick (9th overall) by the Hitmen in 2002.
We'll see where he lands before the opening face-off or in fact he returns to the ice for Calgary.
There is a group of 40 of us from all over the province headed to the Labour Day Classic Sunday. I just love being a fan.... It's a chance to go to the game with no responsibilities and just enjoy yourself. That's the best part about the Riders - going to a game at Mosiac Stadium/Taylor Field.
Some would say us team broadcasters act like "super fans" some nights... perhaps it's true. We have to be a cheerleader to some extent while keeping it professional at the same time. A tough line to walk some nights... especially if Chris Savage is the referee (Vancouver late 2005).
Sunny and 31C in Swifty today, enjoy it.