Deal Or No Deal

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Remember the story of the “Four Generations” curling team, appearing in a bonspiel in Paris, Ontario, in 2005... with 70 years of difference represented on the ice? No? Well, you must not be a subscriber to The Curling News, because this heartwarming tale appeared in the January 2006 issue.

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Flash forward to early 2007, and the TV megahit Deal Or No Deal has set up shop in Canada for a small run of episodes. Guess who is appearing on the show this Thursday night?

It’s none other than Don Lucas (photo left), the patriarch of that Four Generations team. Don made the cut ahead of tens of thousands of hopeful applicants and his appearance with host Howie Mandel (photo right) goes down Thursday night on Global.

For the record, we are told that Mandel dubbed Lucas “Extreme Grandpa” after his video showed him skydiving, among other things (but not curling). We can’t wait to tune in.

Elsewhere:

• Anette Norbergdefended her Swedish title yesterday and is headed to the Worlds in Japan. Later today its three-time men’s World champ Peja Lindholm, and his brand-new team (featuring a Scotsman!) versus either Per Carlsén or his brother Nils Carlsén, who will clash in the semifinal ...

• Next year’s Winnipeg Brier is officially off and running, with a cool rock tunes theme, tix on sale Thursday, and a neat fundraiser for clubs ...

• Also Thursday, in Toronto: an open casting call for senior curlers, aged 60 to 85, at Mississauga’s Dixie CC for a “union governement” TV commercial. If you eventually make the cut, they’ll pay you $1,400. The catch: you can’t just show up on Thursday, you have to telephone or email in advance to book your audition ...

• KIDS PART I: A charming tale of Toronto’s multicultural curling scene, with a shout-out to Al Hackner ...

• KIDS PART II: How about this Grade 7 kid throwing skip rocks at the national Juniors?

• KIDS PART III: In Portage, Wisconsin ...

• KIDS PART IV: Canada’s M&M Juniors continue to rock ...

• DID YOU KNOW? ... that it was Canada vs USA in Karuizawa, times two, with split results ...

• Here’s a spotlight on Det. Mark Johnson, who wants to capture a purple heart ...

• This fellow asks a good question: which loss would you rather have to tolerate, a last rock nailbiter or a blowout? And with a provincial title on the line?

• This poor fellah had a rough outing, but we love the chance to see Robin Williams’ golf sketch again ...