Good read about Bryan Mudryk
Regular readers of this blog know my feelings towards Vic Rauter. He's the king. No question.
Bryan Mudryk is the next great curling broadcaster and should take over as TSN's top curling announcer from Vic whenever Rauter decides to retire whenever that is. If Vic is king, then Mudryk, who has been TSN's secondary curling announcer since 2009, is the prince-in-waiting.
He's a little hyper, but you can tell he has a passion for curling.
Saying that, check out this story from Edmonton Sun's Terry Jones about Mudryk's battle(s) with cancer.
Jones doesn't break any new ground here, it's common knowledge that Mudryk has battled cancer in the past and has been a great fundraiser for the Cross Cancer Institute.
In the story Mudryk, an Alberta native, talks about the 1999 Brier, and watching it from his hospital bed while fighting cancer. Jones hits a home run with this story.
My quibble with the story is that Jones says that Mudryk watched the 1999 Brier from his hospital bed, but this story story from Mudryk's website says he battled cancer in March of 2000. Oh well, still a good story.
But the thing that got me in this story is Mudryk talking about leaving the hospital. It's a moment that is right out of the movie.
From the Edmonton Sun:
Mudryk remembers the day he walked out of the Cross Cancer Institute after that 1999 Brier.
“When my mom pushed me out the hospital I said 'Mom, I'm going to raise a million dollars for the Cross Cancer Institute.' She laughed then but she loves to tell that story now.
“I started the Bryan Mudryk Golf Classic at the Skeleton Lake Golf Club where where I worked cutting greens and fairways when I was first taking chemo.
“We provide five scholarships each year for young people battling cancer.
“At this year's tournament we'll reach one million dollars.”
Damn right he's going to reach one million dollars. As someone who has a sibling that has gone into Cross Cancer Institute three times to battle cancer (and came out on top all three times), you know that I will do anything and everything in my power to make sure Mudryk hits his goal this summer.
WARNING: Saskatchewan curling language ahead.
Fuck you cancer.