Before he hits theaters in “Anchorman 2” on Dec. 18, Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell’s title character, will host a curling event in Canada — you stay classy, Saskatchewan — on Sunday and an ESPN “SportsCenter” on Thursday.
“I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal,” Burgundy said in “Anchorman.”
According to Canadian sports network TSN, Burgundy will join broadcaster Vic Rauter for coverage of the country’s Olympic curling trial, aka Tim Horton’s Roar of the Rings, in Winnipeg — which has an interesting history.
“Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they called it San Diago,” Burgundy said. “Which, of course, in German, means ‘A whale’s vagina.’ ”
Burgundy released a statement after agreeing to the curling gig: “Marked by the gods of broadcasting and placed into this shimmering green sphere like a golden egg in hay, chosen like an unclean jackal by Noah himself, I accept your hallowed task and sing out with a battle cry worthy of your love and your wisdom. And that song is, ‘Winnipeg, get ready to paint the town Burgundy!’ ”
Ferrell will be the third celebrity guest host on “SportsCenter” in five weeks, following actor Ken Jeong from the “Hangover” films and NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson.
Burgundy visibly is thrilled to be back in the spotlight.
“Mr. Burgundy, you have a massive erection,” co-anchor Veronica Corningstone said.
“It’s the pleats in the pants,” he replied. “Don’t act like you’re not impressed.”
You stay classy, Las Vegas.
I’m Ron Burgundy?
■ SAY IT AIN’T SO, SEABASS — On the subject of movies with sports ties, we’re disappointed to report that former Boston Bruins star Cam Neely apparently won’t be reprising his role as tough guy Seabass in “Dumb and Dumber To.”
It previously was reported that Neely would be returning to the Farrelly brothers’ sequel — with Bruins forward Milan Lucic possibly portraying his son — but Neely recently told a Boston sports radio show that it was unlikely he’d be involved.
So you’re telling me there’s a chance!
■ UNWANTED DEAD OR ALIVE — Once upon a time, not so long ago, cbssports.com reported that rocker Jon Bon Jovi was interested in buying the Buffalo Bills, who long have been living on a prayer and giving football a bad name.
Bon Jovi spokesman Ken Sunshine disputed the report, which indicated the singer wants to purchase the franchise when 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson dies.
“The Bills are not for sale, and he has too much respect for Mr. Wilson to engage in any discussions of buying the team,” Sunshine told The Associated Press. “It’s preposterous to say he’s had any discussions with the Bills and Erie County.”
It’s tough, so tough for Bills fans, but Bon Jovi says they’ve got to hold on to what they’ve got, because it doesn’t make a difference if they make it or not. They’ve got each other, and that’s a lot.
Sunshine conceded his client ultimately wants to own an NFL team but stopped short of saying, “Whooah, we’re halfway there. Take my hand, and we’ll make it, I swear.”
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