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Ron Judd, an Olympics junkie and Seattle Times columnist who has covered Olympic sports since 1997, will use this space to serve up news and opinion on the Summer and Winter Games -- also inviting you to chime in on Planet Earth's biggest get-together.

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June 19, 2008 4:26 PM

Correction: Saskatchewan claims honor of last Province to join 2010 family

Posted by Ron Judd

One of our friends from Canada (motto: "Lighten up? I bloody well don't think so!") has correctly pointed out that Saskatchewan, not Manitoba, was the last province to sign on as an official sponsoring piece of real estate for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. We deeply regret the error. As it turns out, Manitoba, always quick on the switch, signed up a couple months ago -- after receiving only about four years' advance notice of the event.

Still, we truly are sorry -- especially to those people in Saskatchewan, whose provincial government deserves all the acclaim that should come with being the last region to knuckle under to the Olympic Machine.

What can we say? From here, all those provinces look pretty much alike. What they really need is some redistricting to give them recognizable shapes -- a boulder, a spinnaker or a beaver, just to offer up a few suggestions.

We are happy to report, however, that none of the great Manitoban attributes we predicted will help flesh out the Games in the post below is likely to go away simply because we confused our dates. And we're already busy at work compiling the list of unique qualities likely to be added by Saskatchewanistas. (Although we have a strong suspicion that many of them might be the same.)

As to the rest of the bile dripping from the comments section below: Relax, folks. Take a breath. Stick around awhile, and you'll see that we spend plenty of time poking similar fun at our own region. (In fact, a lot more.) We're happy to have you proud and upright Defenders of Manitoba reading, even if it is just for a trans-continental spew.

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