My Mid-90s Entertainment Centre

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And here's my mid-90s bookshelf.

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House League Title #4 for James (Yawn)

My son won his hockey league's house league championship this afternoon. Stop me if you've heard this one before.

He also won it all last year, and the year before. That's three titles in three years, if you're keeping track at home.

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This is James's fourth house league title overall. He won his first in 2010, the same day Sidney Crosby scored the golden goal for Canada.

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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.

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The Toronto Mike'd Rogers Hockey Bundle

With the NHL playoffs off and running, you'll likely see a lot of the Rogers Hockey crew over the coming weeks. I've had the pleasure of sitting down with a number of these guys over the past year for episodes of my podcast, Toronto Mike'd.

For your convenience, here's the Toronto Mike'd Rogers Hockey bundle.

George "Strombo" Stroumboulopoulos

Jeff Marek

Elliotte Friedman

Damien Cox

And Ron MacLean, if you're reading this, I'd love to have you on. Contact me!

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The Raptors Need to Win a Round

The Raptors finished the regular season 49-33, easily winning the division. We're the 4th seed in the East, which means we'll face #5 Washington in the first round. For what it's worth, we swept the Wizards in the regular season, beating them three times.

It's rather important the Raptors win a round this season. We've only won one playoff series in franchise history, and that was way back in 2001. A loss in the first round this year could and should mean serious changes are in store for this rather likable squad.

The thing is, it's a tale of two Raptors teams. There's the juggernaut that burst out of the gates 37-17, then there's the Raptors team that underwhelmed down the stretch, going 12-16 since February 20. Heck, we've lost 10 of our last 11 games against opponents above .500. Not so good, Al.

Beat Washington or bust. It all starts Saturday afternoon.

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Who Wants to Help Me Digitize Some VHS?

I recorded some sporting events I thought I'd want to see again. Specifically, I've got the last Jays game at Exhibition Stadium, the 1991 MLB All Star Game, the first ever Raptors game, the final Leafs game at Maple Leafs Gardens and Gretzky's last NHL game.

Here's a pic of my actual VHS tapes.

Sporting Events I've Taped

Who can help me convert these dusty old tapes to digital?

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Percy Sledge, Dead at 73

Percy SledgePercy Sledge was 73. He was the soul singer best known for his classic song "When a Man Loves a Woman."

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My Losing Picks for 2015

Yesterday, our long-time annual tradition continued as we collected to draft players for our NHL playoff pool. Although my digital records only go back to 2003, we've been drafting together since the 90s.

Over so many years of participating, you'd think I'd accidentally win once or twice. Instead, I lose... every single year. I've finished second a couple of times, but I've never, ever won.

Here's the team that will lose for me this year. If you're following along at home, all that matters is points. A point is a point is a point.

  • R. Getzlaf - ANA
  • Z. Parise - MIN
  • R. Kesler - ANA
  • J. Pominville - MIN
  • J. Hudler - CGY
  • T. Vanek - MIN
  • S. Vatanen - ANA
  • C. Kunitz - PIT
  • J. Silfverberg - ANA
  • C. Fowler - ANA

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 118: Dani Stover

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 118In this 118th episode, Mike chats with Dani Stover about her years producing the Dean Blundell Show on Edge 102, why she was fired, her battle with depression and her life on the air in Peterborough. This episode is exactly 1:18:07.

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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Thankfully, It's over

What an awful, awful, awful, awful, awful 2014-15 season that was for our Leafs.

So little passion, so little skill, so little entertainment... For the first time I can remember, I stopped tuning in. It's never been this bad, this early. But there are a few positives from this horrific season.

We Fired Randy Carlyle
He wasn't a very good coach and we finally parted ways. Sure, things were worse with the replacement coach whose name I never bothered to learn (just kidding... his name is Peter Horachek and he's getting fired Monday), but Carlyle still had to go.

We Traded David Clarkson
Yes, that actually happened. We managed to trade the untradeable. That was very, very good.

We Finally Learned How To Lose Right
I was so sick of the Leafs finishing somewhere between playoffs and draft lottery. That was our specialty, finishing 9th or 10th in the conference. Finally, in a deep draft year in which we own our own first round pick, we figured out how to suck properly and will draft no worse than fifth.

Ok, there's one other positive takeaway from the 2014-15 Leafs season...

It's over.

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