They Screwed Up My Special K
Published by Toronto Mike on November 22, 2014 @ 10:20 in My 2 Cents

They Screwed Up My Special KSpecial K was one of my favourite cereals. In fact, when I decided to reduce my caloric consumption in early 2012, Special K became my go-to breakfast.

I visited Amsterdam in August 2012 and ate the Dutch Special K for breakfast at the hotel. It was flakes instead of our rice shape, and the taste was different. As I wrote at the time, I preferred our Special K.

Little did I know that our Special K was a special (no pun intended) formula unique to Canada and made at Kellogg's London, Ontario plant. When Kellogg's closed that London plant, we lost our special Canadian Special K. Now we're shipped American Special K, and I don't like it.

The old Special K I knew and loved tasted better, was easier to eat and contained less sugar. I want the old formula back.

Here's a picture of the Special K I knew and loved.


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Friday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on November 21, 2014 @ 08:31 in Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Friday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

Open Mike

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The Great Gordie Howe
Published by Toronto Mike on November 20, 2014 @ 10:04 in Sports

The Great Gordie HoweI never had the pleasure of watching Gordie Howe play hockey. As a very young man, however, I read a biography on Wayne Gretzky and learned how Gretzky idolized Howe.

That made Gordie Howe my hero's hero. Here's a wonderful story about The Great Gordie Howe.

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Mike Nichols, Dead at 83
Published by Toronto Mike on November 20, 2014 @ 08:34 in Celebrity Deaths

Mike NicholsMike Nichols was 83. He won an Oscar for directing the 1967 film The Graduate, and was nominated for Working Girl, The Remains of the Day, Silkwood and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

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An Ugly, Ugly Game
Published by Toronto Mike on November 19, 2014 @ 14:08 in Toronto Maple Leafs

An Ugly, Ugly GameFollowing that debacle in Buffalo last weekend, I tuned into last night's Leafs game looking for a rebound. I figured they'd come out strong at home against Nashville. I was wrong.

At 3-0 Nashville, Bernier was pulled for Reimer and I shut off the game to watch an episode of The Newsroom.

When I tuned back in, it was 8-0.

It ended up 9-2 and it reminded me of a game I watched on a black and white 13 inch television back in 1986. We won that game 11-9 against the mighty Oilers and Miroslav Fryer scored four goals. That game was a lot more fun than this one.

I honestly believe things will get worse for the Leafs before it gets better. It's not a very good team, and the coach is living on borrowed time. I don't think he makes it to Christmas.

At least we have one good team in this city. I can't wait for tonight's Raptors game.

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Hi Vince
Published by Toronto Mike on November 19, 2014 @ 08:34 in Toronto Raptors

Hi VinceHi, Vince!

Remember me?

I loved you, man. I was in attendance when you scored 51 against the Suns, I gushed on this blog often when you were Air Carter, and I even busted a television when you missed the buzzer-beating three in game seven against the 76ers.

You're in town with the Grizzlies set to play my Raptors tonight. I hear we've got a tribute in store for you, and the pro-Vince spin doctors are out in full force. I'm old enough to remember what really happened. I remember everything.

Heading into the 2004 season, I hoped for a rebound. I literally gave you 41 reasons to kick ass, but by November 23 it was clear you were dogging it.

Apparently, Vince Carter needs more than 41 reasons to kick ass this season. A player who is averaging 24.1 points for his career is only averaging 14.5 points per game thus far this year. Carter scored just four points on 2-for-9 shooting and didn't play in the fourth quarter while his team mates overcame a 20-point deficit in the second half to beat the San Antonio Spurs 96-91 Sunday. He's not contributing and others are picking up the slack.

Now comes word the "Half-man, half-amazing" doesn't want to dunk anymore. He'll leave the dunking to others and opt for a layup instead. He's as whiny about the pressure to dunk as he is about the league's decision to strip him of his iPod during warmups. It's been a tough week for the $12 million man.

I've been rather vocal in my support of Vince Carter. I want him to play like he can and be a superstar once more for my Raptors. Sadly, it's becoming abundantly clear that he's doing everything in his power to reduce his trade value. He's averaging 14.5 ppg, refusing to dunk and sitting for most fourth quarters. When we finally do trade this major disappointment, we'll likely get little of value in return. Then, without a doubt, Carter will kick it up a notch and shoot the lights out for his new team. I'll bet he even dunks for them.

What a shame.

When Rob Babock finally pulled the trigger on that brutal trade, I was relieved. Afterall, you quit on us long ago. At least we suspected as much. in December, you confirmed our suspicions.

Since being traded by my Toronto Raptors to the New Jersey Nets, Vince Carter is averaging 22.5 points per game. He's playing hard, taking it to the hoop and putting up points. Those are three things he didn't do before the trade.

TNT broadcast an interview with Carter yesterday in which he was asked if he pushed himself as hard as he should have in Toronto. Below was his response.

"In years past, no. I was fortunate to have the talent ... you get spoiled when you're able to do a lot of things. You see that you don't have to work at it. Now, with the all the injuries, I have to work harder. I'm a little hungrier. Getting a fresh start has made me want to attack the basket."

What an ass. He's essentially admitting he didn't try his best with Toronto. This explains why he looks like a different player in New Jersey. I used to defend Vince Carter when others wanted to get rid of him. Now, I wish him nothing but the worst. Eff him.

So welcome back, enjoy your tribute video, and enjoy our local media all too happy to help you reinvent history. But this fan remembers what really happened. This fan knows better.

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Tuesday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on November 18, 2014 @ 08:32 in Open Mike

Open MikeWelcome to this week's Tuesday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

Open Mike

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Russell Martin Signs with Blue Jays
Published by Toronto Mike on November 17, 2014 @ 14:36 in Toronto Blue Jays

Russell Martin Signs with Blue JaysThe Blue Jays have signed Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract. Martin hit .290 with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season with 11 home runs and 67 runs batted in.

The Toronto-born player is poised to become the 21st Canadian Blue Jay. I'll update this list after he gets in his first regular season game.


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Can't Miss Episodes of Toronto Mike'd
Published by Toronto Mike on November 17, 2014 @ 08:41 in Podcasting

Can't Miss Toronto Mike'd Episodes2014 has been quite the year for my podcast, Toronto Mike'd. I've had dozens of interesting and revealing conversations with many people you know and love.

Here are some episodes you may have missed.





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is This the Worst Ad in Toronto History?
Published by Toronto Mike on November 16, 2014 @ 23:16 in Television

I'm sure the Cashman could give this guy a run for his money, but I believe this 1986 ad for National Furniture is the worst ad in Toronto television history.

If you can think of a worse ad, let me know in the comments.

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