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|Growing up in Worcester, Mass., comedian Denis Leary became a diehard fan of Boston teams, particularly the Bruins.
Leary: I was just ecstatic, elated. Good game, good series and the good guys won. All the hockey guys I know were rooting for him. It's like when Elway was going for his first Super Bowl victory in 1998 and then again his second, final Super Bowl. If you're a sports fan, you look at those guys and you want that to happen. Speaking as a Bruins fan, it's a two-edged sword because you're rooting for a guy who left your team because the team sucks. It's a very, very strange thing. There's our former captain hoisting the Cup at Boston at City Hall that he won in Colorado. Modern day sports, I guess. 1a. What should Bourque do now, retire a champion, defend the Cup with the Avs or return for Boston and retire a Bruin?
Leary: Retire. Most guys, across the board in all team sports, hang on too long.
Leary: I think Ray will always, unfortunately, take a back seat to Bobby Orr. Which is not such a bad back seat to be in, you know what I mean? 3. Is there anything hockey can do to increase its popularity?
Leary: That's a question that, ever since I was a kid, has been associated with the game. I still run into guys who say things to me -- people involved in the NHL -- "We gotta do this, gotta do that." ... My feeling is, the game is great the way it is. I've never taken people -- even my Irish cousins and people from England who have no concept of ice hockey -- to a live hockey game and not had them walk away going, "Oh my God. Incredible." They get sucked in immediately.
Leary: "Slap Shot." 4a. OK, that was easy. What's the worst?
Leary: "Youngblood," with Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze. Horrible, although "Mystery, Alaska" would be a close second.
Leary: We're going by the old show business maxim, which is always leave them wanting more. You don't want to overstay your welcome. So, if they think it should be an hour that means they're liking it and they're gonna come back for more. 6. What's the worst job you've ever had?
Leary: I worked in a chemical plant down on the docks in Boston years ago. That was a great job, because you got to be alone in a room with a giant vat of chemicals that every 15 minutes you had to pour the stuff in and mix it up to feed into this big machine, but then you had 10 minutes of down time where you could sit and read the paper and smoke. Basically it sucked. But it paid the rent at the time. 6a. What's the worst money you've ever spent?
Leary: I was in Winnipeg years ago, going to see the Winnipeg Jets when they were absolutely horrible. And I don't know why I was in Winnipeg, I was there working or something -- and that was enough of a travesty -- but then to go to the hockey game. I think it was an 8-0 loss by the Jets. And the only thing about it was in the rink it was warmer than it was outside. 7. Who's a better sportscaster, you, Dennis Miller or Jason Priestley?
Leary: I haven't seen Jason's work, and I only did two games for the NHL, so I'm gonna have to go with Dennis Miller, because just to have the guts to take that pressure on for 16 weeks at a time is amazing. I don't think I could do it. 8. Halle Berry or Angelina Jolie?
Leary: Because she's one of the most gorgeous women on the planet. And I happen to know her, so I'd get in trouble if I didn't say that, but I'd say it anyway. 9. What would you have as your last meal on Earth?
Leary: Quarter pounder with cheese. 9a. Glad to hear fame hasn't turned you off your smoking and eating meat routine.
Leary: I'm one of those people that, I guess, I have the sort of blood type that leans toward meat. I love meat. It's my favorite thing. I literally have to eat meat once a day. I separated my shoulder playing hockey a year ago, and I got sick. I don't usually take painkillers, but I had to take them. They really screwed up my stomach. And the best thing was about two days later I went to see my doctor again, and he said you know what you need to do? You need to eat steak twice a day for the next week and a half to get the iron back in your blood. 10. What superpower would you want most, the strength of 100 men, the ability to fly or to be able to turn invisible?
Leary: Oh, boy, I'd love to be able to turn invisible. Because you could see anybody doing anything. But I'd have to go with flying, because you know the thrill of being invisible and maybe seeing some naked woman is one thing, but the ability to fly would get you sex. Denis Leary, who still plays hockey, is currently involved with the Leary Firefighters Foundation (www.learyfirefightersfoundation.org) and a greeting card project (www.crudegreetings.com). Send this story to a friend | Most sent stories
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