George "The Animal" Steele, Dead at 79

George George "The Animal" Steele was 79. He was a popular wrestler in the WWF who would act like a wild man in the ring, tearing up the turnbuckle with his teeth and using the stuffing as a weapon as well as sticking out his green tongue.

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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 218: Craig "Lobster Boy" Venn

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 218In this 218th episode, Mike chats with Craig Venn about his years at CFNY, being Lobster Boy on the John Derringer show and hosting the morning show at 94.9 The Rock. This episode is exactly 1:36:12.

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Stuart McLean, Dead at 68

Stuart McLeanStuart McLean was 68. He was the host of CBC Radio's The Vinyl Café and an award-winning humorist. How many times did I stumble upon one of Stuart's Dave and Morley stories? Often enough to develop a pretty good Stuart McLean impression, a cadence I'd often mimic when sharing my own stories.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 217: Maureen Holloway

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 217In this 217th episode, Mike chats with CHFI morning show host Maureen Holloway about her years at 99.9, working with John Derringer at Q107 and taking over for Erin Davis on 98.1. This episode is exactly 1:06:56.

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Maple Leafs Forever

The Maple Leafs Forever is brilliant. Now that Tim Thompson has updated the montage to include Auston and the kids, it's even better.

If you're interested in long form discussions about this Leafs montage, I spoke with both Tim Thompson and singer Ron Hawkins about it in great detail.

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Raptors Trade Terrence Ross and a First for Serge Ibaka

Terrence Ross was infuriating, but I have such a soft spot for the guy. When my buddy was battling cancer, I managed to score two sweet seats from Ford Canada to see the Raptors take on the Clippers. My buddy was a huge Raptors fan and I wanted to help boost his spirits.

Alas, my friend wasn't feeling up to attending the game, but when I tried to return the tickets to Ford, they suggested I take my daughter. So that's exactly what I did. That night, Terrence Ross went off for 51 points, tying the franchise mark set by Vince Carter in 2000. As luck would have it, I was at that game, too!

When you take your daughter to a game and a member of your team scores 51, you adopt the guy as yours. Every time Ross threw down a big dunk, and the man could dunk, we'd exchange knowing glances.

Now T-Ross and a first round pick has been shipped to Orlando for power forward Serge Ibaka. Masai Ujiri's wanted Ibaka for a while now, and for good reason. Ibaka fills a need the Raps have and inconsistent Ross was a small price to pay.

Good luck, Terrence. We'll always have that 51.

My poor daughter now thinks all basketball games are this exciting #raptors

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Jennifer Valentyne joins Derringer in the Morning on Q107

Jennifer Valentyne worked at City TV almost her entire working life until they let her go last April Fool's Day. Rogers Media's loss was Corus Entertainment's gain and she quickly caught on as host of The Bachelorette Canada’s live After Show on the W network. Throw in a few Global morning show appearances and she was a versatile cog in the Corus wheel.

She'll now be co-hosting Q107's Derringer in the Morning with John Derringer. This announcement, of course, came on Valentine's Day. That's either cute or corny, depending on your disposition.

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Oscar Category Fraud

Every year I tell myself the Oscars are nothing more than an irrelevant circle jerk, but every year I try and see every film nominated for best picture and end up watching the Academy Awards regardless. It's harmless silly fun, afterall.

I watched Fences last night and was blown away by the performance by Viola Davis. At one point I told my wife I'd boycott the Oscars if she didn't win for best actress. Then, following the movie, I went online and learned she's not even nominated for best actress. She submitted herself for best supporting actress.

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This is a strategic ploy to guarantee Viola Davis an Oscar. Many refer to it as "category fraud". That's an accurate term for it, in my opinion.

Why the actress herself gets to pick her category is rather puzzling. Viola Davis's part in Fences is most definitely not a supporting one, and she actually won for best actress at the Tony's for the exact same role. There ought to be some metric by which supporting actress is measured, such as % of spoken dialogue in a movie or % of time on screen. The decision should not lie with the actress actor or studio.

Again, in the realm of things, this means very little, but it does taint the deserved award somewhat. Its akin to stretching a double into a single in order to hit for the cycle.

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