Friday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on November 28, 2014 @ 07:52 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.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 97: Colleen Rusholme
Published by Toronto Mike on November 27, 2014 @ 12:42 in Podcasting, Toronto Mike'd Podcast

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 97In this 97th episode, chats with GTA radio personality Colleen Rusholme about her life in Toronto radio, my Rick Hodge incident, the irony of Stu Jeffries and more. This episode is exactly 1:03:48.

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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That Time I Used Google+
Published by Toronto Mike on November 26, 2014 @ 15:47 in Podcasting

I had high hopes for Google+ back in 2011, but by the end of 2012, my hopes were dashed.

I was just deleting old posts on Google+ when I rediscovered something I wrote back in August 2011, two months before the debut of the Humble and Fred podcast.

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I never check Google+ anymore. For friends and family it's Facebook, and for everybody else it's Twitter and RSS.

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Hazel McCallion
Published by Toronto Mike on November 26, 2014 @ 11:41 in Politics

Today, Hazel McCallion turned in her Chain of Office. She was Mayor of Mississauga since December 1, 1978.

I was four years old at the time. I have absolutely no memory of a time before Hazel McCallion was Mayor of our neighbour to the west. Hurricane Hazel has always been there. I've even run her 5k.

At 93, after 12 terms of service over 36 years, McCallion deserves a rest. Well done, Hazel. Well done...

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Everyone Loves Red
Published by Toronto Mike on November 25, 2014 @ 22:53 in Music

Everyone Loves RedI just heard Treble Charger's Brand New Low on the radio. As I was singing along I thought, "I dig this tune, but it's no Red".

With Treble Charger on the mind, I quickly thought of American Psycho, Friend of Mine and Even Grable, all great tracks (especially the fantastic Even Grable), but none as good as Red.

Everyone loves Red.


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Tuesday Open Mike
Published by Toronto Mike on November 25, 2014 @ 08:22 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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Pat Quinn, Dead at 71
Published by Toronto Mike on November 24, 2014 @ 10:50 in Celebrity Deaths, Toronto Maple Leafs

Pat QuinnPat Quinn was 71. He coached the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, reaching the Stanley Cup Finals twice, with the Flyers in 1980 and the Canucks in 1994.

Under Quinn, the Maple Leafs had consistently been contenders, recording three 100-point seasons and making the playoffs every season until his last, reaching two conference finals.

Quinn was fired in Toronto after eight seasons having gone 300-222-52 with 26 shootout and overtime losses.

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Ranking the Canadian Gords
Published by Toronto Mike on November 24, 2014 @ 09:58 in Lists

1. Gordie Howe - 97/100

If you're going to rank the Canadian Gords, you've got to open with Mr. Hockey. The man scored 801 goals and recorded 1049 assists over his lengthy and respected NHL career.

Gordie Howe also played the unsuspecting object of Ms. Krabappel's affections in Bart the Lover.

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2. Gord Downie - 92/100

The quality of Canada's Gords is so impressive, the lead singer of my favourite band of all-time only comes in second. I've seen Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip (including fellow Gord bass guitarist Gord Sinclair) eleven times and counting.

He also covered Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah for Saint Ralph, a version that lovingly haunts my dreams to this day.

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3. Gordon Lightfoot - 91/100

Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Early Morning Rain, If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, Carefree Highway... these are iconic songs of Canadiana. After the holy trinity of Young, Mitchell and Cohen, you've got Lightfoot.

4. Gordon Sinclair - 83/100

Everything I learned about Sinclair I learned from the archives. Author, radio host and beloved commenter, many of his opinion pieces, such as The Americans, survive to this day.

5. Gord Martineau - 76/100

It's difficult for me to remember a time in this city before Gord Martineau. He's been at Citytv since its inception in 1977 and he's still their anchor.

F*cking bint.

6. Gord Stellick - 75/100

The youngest GM in NHL history when he assumed that role for the Maple Leafs in April 1988, Stellick went on to become a much better hockey commentator on television and radio, as well as a long-time host on The Fan.

7. Gord Miller - 72/100

You'll hear him calling games on the NHL on TSN, but Gord Miller is best known as the current voice of the World Junior Championships.

8. Gordie Johnson - 70/100

When I think of Gordie Johnson, I think of his rendition of O Canada on an electric double neck guitar.

Sure, he was also lead singer of Big Sugar, but this was his defining moment.

9. Gordon Korman - 69/100

As a young reader, my favourite books were from Gordon Korman. I thought his Bruno and Boots series was the bomb.

10. Gord Ash - 65/100

Today he's assistant general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, but we know Gord Ash best as GM of our Toronto Blue Jays from 1995 to 2001. Under his watch we drafted Roy Halladay, and that alone scores him 65.

11. Gordie Sampson - 61/100

This Nova Scotian singer-songwriter's claim to fame is writing "Jesus, Take the Wheel" for Carrie Underwood. Even if that's not your cup of tea, you've got to respect the rewards that tune won, including a Grammy.

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Raptors Lead the Eastern Conference
Published by Toronto Mike on November 23, 2014 @ 10:14 in Toronto Raptors

Raptors Lead the Eastern ConferenceThe last couple of nights I've been thoroughly entertained by my Raptors. Before you accuse me of jumping on the bandwagon, let me tell you I've been watching since Alvin Robertson dropped 30 on the Nets.

On Friday night, the Raptors actually led the Bucks by 50 in the fourth quarter. We've never led a game by 50, ever. The Brazilian rookies even got their first career NBA points. It was surreal.

Then last night, with one eye on the Leafs game, we battled back from an 18-point deficit on the road against LeBron and ended up dominating the Cavs. We're 11-2 and leading the Eastern Conference.

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All of this is to say there's plenty of room on the Raptors bandwagon if you want to join us. Get in now, though... because it's going to be a fun season. Our starters are the same as last season, but the bench is deep and effective. Sweet Lou Williams is such an upgrade over John Salmons, words don't do it justice.

Of the big three, this is the best Toronto pro-sports team since the '93 Blue Jays. Enjoy, Toronto. It's been a long time coming.

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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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