Toronto Tornados

Yes Toronto, we did have a CBA franchise from 1983 to December 1985. The Toronto Tornados played out of Varsity Arena before leaving for Pensacola, Florida.

Fun fact: in the Tornados' only playoff appearance, they lost in the first round to the Albany Patroons, coached by Phil Jackson.

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Open Mike

Welcome to this week's 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 on Toronto Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 133: David Alter

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 133In this 133rd episode, Mike chats with writer David Alter about his years at The Fan 590, Bobcat, Mike Wilner, the Blue Jays and much, much more. This episode is exactly 1:14:03.

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

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The 2015 Terry Fox Run: Please Sponsor Me

I will be participating in the Terry Fox Run on September 20 and I am collecting pledges here.

He's a Canadian hero. Please give what you can.

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Cycling: August 2015 vs. August 2014

If I stay healthy, I should demolish my goal of 5000 km for 2015. I'm actually on target to surpass 5000 km by the end of September.

Here's how my August 2015 stacked up against August 2014.

August 2015: 613.59 km


August 2014: 387.81 km


I'm now at 4517.53 km with 4 months to go.

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10 Guests I'm Pursuing for Toronto Mike'd - You Can Help!

As the summer ends, it's time to schedule future guests for Toronto Mike'd, my little podcast.

I've got some interesting people lined up, but there are ten I'm pursuing that I've yet to hear from. Everyone on this list either lives or works in Toronto.

  • Maestro
  • Bob McCown
  • Kids in the Hall (any or all!)
  • Peter Mansbridge
  • Moses Znaimer
  • Don Cherry
  • Sarah Polley
  • Jayne Eastwood
  • Ron MacLean
  • Dave “Bookie” Bookman

If you know someone on the list above personally, or know someone who knows them personally, perhaps you can put in a good word and help me make this happen.

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Wes Craven, Dead at 76

Wes CravenWes Craven was 76. He was the iconic horror director known for his work on films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream and  The Last House on the Left.

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Ode to Roy Howell

Toronto Blue Jay Edwin Encarnacion recorded nine RBI yesterday, tying a long-standing franchise records for RBI in a game. But whose record did he match?

If you guessed George Bell, Carlos Delgado or Jose Bautista, you're wrong. You're also wrong if you guessed Jesse Barfield, Jose Canseco or Shawn Green. The man Encarnacion matched is third baseman Roy Howell who collected 9 RBI in a 19-3 win against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 10, 1977.

I have no memories of Roy Howell as a Blue Jay. I know he arrived via a trade with Texas during the inaugural 1977 season, and signed with Milwaukee after the 1980 season. I know he was our all-star representative in 1978 and, until yesterday, he was the only Blue Jay to record nine RBI in a single game.

Roy, meet Edwin.


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Mildly Interesting Toronto Observation: KFC Hortons

A KFC on Lake Shore in Long Branch was recently converted into a Tim Hortons, but they decided to keep the iconic bucket of Colonel Sanders chicken and simply painted it to resemble a cup of coffee.


Despite what you'll see on reddit, I took this photo myself, earlier today. Boo to content thief thegreathall.

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God's Gonna Cut You Down

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