It's turning out to be a long season for the local six. The Stouffville Spirit have dropped nine of their last 11, including a, pardon the pun, dispirited loss at home last night to Aurora. They're three points behind Pickering for the final playoff spot and the Panthers have three games in hand. Yet, it's still a great experience for me to be calling their games on local radio. What made last night amazingly special was meeting Brian McFarlane for the first time and interviewing him between periods. Aside from his 25 years of broadcasting on Hockey Night in Canada, he's an accomplished writer and artist. And, as I found out, a first-class gentleman who couldn't possibly have been nicer or more generous with his time with me and my broadcast partner Brad Barton. After the game, he made a point of introducing me to his wife and suggested we touch base sometime in the future. It was a great thrill for me.