You gotta love the Roman numerals I’m going with for this feature of the blog, right?
This series for JAFQ I talked to Justin Dowdy, who pitched part of the 2006 season with the Calgary Vipers of the Northern League. That, to me, makes him an expert on all-things Canada, so that was the topic of our JAFQ. Enjoy.
Q: Behind Wayne Gretzky, who is the second-best Canadian athlete of all-time?
I think Wayne Gretzky is the only Canadian athlete that I know, like off the top of my head.
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Q: Mario Lemieux?
Wait, he’s got to be a hockey player? What’s his name, there’s a hitter that’s from Canada.
Q: Matt Stairs?
Yeah. Matt Stairs. Let’s go with Matt Stairs.
Q: What are your thoughts on maple syrup?
Absolutely amazing. The more, the better.
Q: What is your favorite John Candy movie?
John Candy, which one is John Candy?
Q: Big guy. Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Uncle Buck.
Oh, Uncle Buck all the way. Uncle Buck all the way. It’s just non-stop from beginning to end.
Q: Better professional wrestler: Bret “Hitman” Hart, from Calgary, or Edmonton’s Chris Jericho?
Bret the Hitman Hart all the way. I grew up with him, he’s the man. All the way. Pink flamingo.
Q: Best Canadian musical act. I’m giving you choices: Nickelback, Rush, Bryan Adams, Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, Guess Who, Barenaked Ladies.
Avril Lavigne. All the way. I wanna be a Sk8r Boi.
Q: That was a trick question. It’s Neil Young.
Aww, no way! I wanna be a Sk8r Boi. Most amazing song ever.
Q: That’s the most amazing song ever?
Probably not. But we’ll go with it.
Q: Weirder sport: Canadian football or curling?
Canadian football. Curling is awesome. I love watching curling.
Q: But it’s weird.
Yeah, but it’s great. Canadian football is weird because they’re not good at football.
Q: When you were in Canada, did you have to adapt to the metric system and crazy misspellings like “cheque” instead of “check”?
When I first got up there, everything that they had was backwards. My first time I got there I got to the gas station. They do liters and we do gallons. Well, I saw $1.16 up there (per liter) and I was like, ‘Yeah!’ Pumped it up and walked in the store and got my candy and stuff. I was like ‘Whatever, I’ve got plenty of money.’ I come back outside and it was like 70, 80 bucks for a tank of gas. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, you’ve got to be kidding me.’ I thought it was going to be 15 bucks.