LEGENDARY STAMPEDERS GM/COACH ‘TERRIBLE’ ACTOR
Wally buono …
Legendary coach, legendary GM…
but how about legendary actor?
“He did the worst set of tV commercials in history for La brezza ristorante in bridgeland,” said former calgary Stampeders offensive lineman bruce covernton. “He was terrible.”
‘terrible’, however, isn’t a word associated with buono as far as his cFL endeavours go.
the longtime cFL player/ coach/GM visits McMahon Stadium one last time in the regular season Saturday night when his b.c. Lions take on the host Stampeders (6 p.m., tSN/ cHQr 770).
and, as expected, the stories amid his march to retirement are being retold by former players and staff alike …
although many bristle at the thought of going public with such tales.
“No way … I have nothing but good things to say about him,” said Stamps longtime equipment manager George Hopkins with a chuckle.
“although I’m glad he stopped using the Grecian Formula … the grey hair looks better on him.”
Hopkins, who’s served the red & White in his current capacity for 47 years, was on the sidelines for buono’s first game at McMahon Stadium and takes pride in knowing he’ll be there Saturday for buono’s appearance in the old park. Meanwhile, covernton, who sported a star-studded career as a Stamps offensive lineman under buono, has a keepsake from the legend nobody else can touch.
“Not a lot of people know I was Wally’s very first draft pick (as cFL GM) — I was the No. 1 draft pick in the (1992) draft,” covernton said. “I have a photo of him, and he wrote on it, ‘you’ll always be my No. 1.’ ”