Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy to Call Pro Curling Event
TORONTO -- Anchorman 2's Ron Burgundy is leaving sunny San Diego for snow-blown Winnipeg to call a pro curling event for Canadian sports channel TSN.
Burgundy, or Will Ferrell in character, will join TSN's Vic Rauter in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Dec. 1 to offer color commentary during the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings tournament.
The upcoming gig was announced Sunday night during TSN's broadcast of the 101st Grey Cup game.
The Anchorman 2 star downplayed the challenge of describing men in argyle pants doing broom sweeps of ice as they play shuffleboard with heavy, polished stones.
"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," said Burgundy in a statement Sunday.
"And that song is, 'Winnipeg, get ready to paint the town Burgundy!' " he added.
Canadian interest in curling rises ahead of the Winter Olympic Games, and Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings determines which team will play for Canada in Sochi.
Rauter, the Edward R. Murrow of curling broadcasters, welcomed working with a rookie.
"I'm a huge fan of his work. Who are we talking about again?" Rauter said in his own statement.
Paramount Pictures releases Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues on Dec. 20.
TSN also featured during its Grey Cup pregame coverage Sunday in Regina, Saskatchewan, actor Tom Hanks and his son, Colin Hanks, who is shooting FX's Fargo film-to-TV adaptation in Calgary, Alberta.
"I've been a CFL fan since the Montreal Concorde," the elder Hanks boasted to the Canadian audience as he sat beside Martin Short during a pregame segment on TSN.
Short, at the game to cheer on his hometown Hamilton Tiger-Cats, attended with son Oliver Short, who works at Warner Bros. in Los Angeles and wore a rival Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey when appearing on the nationwide telecast.