Super Bowl Prediction Thread

Super Bowl XLIX kicks off from University of Phoenix Stadium in about 7.5 hours. In case you've been living under a rock, it's the New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahawks.

The purpose of this entry is to collect everyone's predictions. Please guess the final score before 6:30pm and we'll see if anyone nails it. There's a great deal of pride on the line, so give it your best shot.

My prediction: Seattle 32, New England 29

How do you think it all ends?

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Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre

On Friday, I did something I had never done before. I attended dinner theatre.

The show was called "Getting Hitched! An Engagement Party Directed by Alfred Hitchmock" and it took place at the Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre at 2026 Yonge Street. If you've never been to dinner theatre, you're served a nice meal and then characters in the production start milling about, chatting you up at your table. Then, the show begins with a murder and your job is to track the clues and figure out whodunit.

Spoiler alert: I was the murderer. Here's photographic evidence.

Fwd:

Good food and good times... Visit http://www.mysteriouslyyours.com/ for more info.

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True Detective Toronto

Yesterday, I made a creepy discovery on a hidden Toronto beach on Lake Ontario. Describing it doesn't really do it justice, so allow me to show you.

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Yes, it appears to be a large, dead fish tied to a tree. Today, I returned to the scene to see if there was any other evidence of satanic sacrifice. I channeled my inner Rust Cohle and plowed through the snowy trails. That's when I found this:

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I don't know if you can tell from that picture, but it's sticks sewed together to make a cross. It looks like something straight out of True Detective. This shot shows how close the dead fish tied to the tree is to the cross.

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Here's a pic from the other side. All footsteps you see in the snow belong to me.

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Such disturbing imagery juxtaposed by such a beautiful and serene spot.

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Friday Open Mike

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Creepy Discovery on Lake Ontario Beach

During my bike ride today, while the snow was falling, I decided to leave the beaten path for a photo op. When I see something I want to photograph, I now force myself to get off the bike and take the picture. I used to be more concerned with stupid stuff like split-times. Did I think I was training for the Olympics?

But back to my story. I stopped and rolled down to a remote part of the beach because I wanted to take a shot like this:

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And this:

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And this:

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But I found this, and it will forever haunt my dreams.

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WTF?

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Martin Brodeur

Martin Brodeur is retiring. The 42-year-old is joining the St. Louis Blues front office. It's bizarre he retired a St. Louis Blue. He played seven games with the Blues after 24 seasons with the New Jersey Devils.

I enjoyed Brodeur's entire career, and it was awesome. Unfortunately for him, he'll always be compared to Patrick Roy and when you're hanging with your buddy in a bar and he/she asks "If you could have any goalie play for your team in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals", the answer will never be Brodeur and will always be Roy.

A tip of the hat to Martin Brodeur and his amazing career. Here's his final tally:

  • 691 victories (NHL record)
  • 125 shutouts (NHL record)
  • 3 Stanley Cups
  • 2 Olympic gold medals

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Do You Want to Work at The Fan 590?

On the heels of hiring Dean Blundell as their new morning man, The Fan 590 is looking for a few more good men or women

Well, at least two. There are at least two job openings at The Fan 590 for on-air positions.

MORNING SPORTSCASTER

Job posting

Sportsnet 590 The FAN has a very rare full time opening and is seeking a Sportscaster for their Morning Show program. Reporting into the Program Director, the talented individual will play a strong role as part of a three-person sports talk show, plus deliver time-sensitive, entertaining sportscasts 3 times per hour.  If you Live, Eat and Breath everything sports, we want to meet you.

Dean Blundell & Co. already includes current morning show co-host Andrew Walker, but Rogers is looking for a third person to work with Blundell and Walker. If that's you, you should apply.

AFTERNOON CO-HOST

Job posting

Sportsnet 590 The FAN has a very rare and exciting full time opening and is seeking a Co-Host for their 1-4p afternoon show. Reporting into the Program Director, the talented individual will offer strong opinions on the world of sports and be an entertaining on-air and social media presence.  If you Live, Eat and Breath everything sports, we want to meet you.

Greg Brady has been moved from mornings to afternoons, and now they're looking for someone to co-host with him. I actually hope Andrew Walker applies for this job.

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Winter Ride in Toronto #biketo

I strapped on my GoPro for yesterday's bike ride. I wanted to show people how safe my route is, even when the trails are covered in snow.

I'll ride every day unless one of the following is true:

  1. It's colder than -20°C with the windchill
  2. Snow has been falling for a while and plows haven't got out yet

This winter, there have only been two or three days where one of the above was true. it's been a fantastic winter in Toronto for cycling.

When there is snow on the trails, I do precisely two things to reduce the chances of my ass hitting the pavement. I will:

  1. Reduce my speed to ~22km/h
  2. Widen all turns - a sharp turn on ice or snow is a sure-fire way to fall

Some think it must be awfully chilly out there. The fact is, when I layer up appropriately, only two parts of my body will get even a little cold:

  1. My toes
  2. My fingers

Here's yesterday's 20km ride along the Waterfront Trail in southwest Toronto and Mississauga.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 108: Raina from Indie88

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 107: Elliotte FriedmanIn this 108th episode, Mike chats with Indie88 personality Raina about her years at 102.1 The Edge and CBC Radio and everything you wanted to know about Indie88 but were afraid to ask. This episode is exactly 1:10:47.

You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways:

Catch up on all episodes of Toronto Mike'd at http://www.torontomike.com/podcast/.

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Tuesday Open Mike

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