[NHL] Don Cherry takes his plaid and plain-talking to U.S.

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Don Cherry takes his plaid and plain-talking to U.S.

Coach's Corner fixture will make his American television debut Monday night on NBC

May 31, 2007 04:30 AM

Chris Zelkovich

sports media columnist

Don Cherry says he's ready for America. But is America ready for him?

That question will be answered Monday night when the star of Coach's Corner makes his U.S. network television debut on NBC.

The network announced yesterday that Cherry will appear during the second intermission of Monday's Stanley Cup final. A commentator exchange between CBC and NBC, involving Cherry and Brett Hull, was announced earlier this spring.

Hull will appear on the CBC broadcast during Saturday night's first intermission.

During an earlier conference call, Cherry indicated it will be business as usual when he thrusts himself on the American public.

"A lot of people have written that what I say up here I would never get away with it down in the States," he said.

"I'll just go on and do what I have to do."

Cherry recalled making an appearance on a Pittsburgh broadcast a few years ago and referring to Mario Lemieux and a mullet-sporting Jaromir Jagr as "Mario and his daughter."

"That was my last time in the States," he said.

The big question is what will Cherry wear and will it pass FCC standards?

Though Cherry has yet to announce his wardrobe for Monday, he did give some advice to Hull for his appearance: "Get some plaids."


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