Peter Watts, Dead at 68

Peter WattsPeter Watts was 68. He was one of the original anchors on TSN’s SportsDesk during the network’s earliest years, starting in 1984.

Here he is trying to recruit you to Queen's University, assuming you can play football.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 423: Heather Bambrick

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 423In this 423rd episode, chats with jazz musician, broadcaster and voiceover actress Heather Bambrick about Newfoundland, music, the fall of JAZZ.FM91, the rise of JAZZCAST, and more. This episode is exactly 2:18:02.

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Breaking My Trump Silence

I have not written a word about Donald Trump since his inauguration. In fact, I've written about him only once since he was elected. That entry is here.

I personally find Trump as POTUS so distasteful and disappointing, I can't write about it. Remember when everyone was loving Alec Baldwin's portrayal of Trump on SNL? I couldn't watch. I find nothing funny about any of this, because the stakes are too damn high.

So why am I breaking my Trump silence and writing about him today? Because he's finally done something completely ridiculous and tone deaf that's equally harmless. This story doesn't end with anyone being deported or killed and doesn't infringe on anyone's freedom or rights. I'd insert a joke about one's rights to a healthy, decent meal, but this surreal happening was 100% optional for all attendees.

The NCAA champion Clemson Tigers football team were welcomed to the White House by Trump who greeted them with fast food. There was McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and Dominos served on silver platters, behind a gilded candelabra.

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A few thoughts immediately come to mind:

  1. Imagine how cold that fast food was by the time the team got to eat. I personally need my McDonald's fries to be piping hot and fresh from the vat. This food must have been room temperature when the players got to it.
  2. Trump is using the Lincoln silverware and platters... for fast food. There's literally Lincoln gravy boats filled with Chicken McNugget sauces... in their plastic containers. That's ludicrous and perhaps as perfect a symbol of this administration's two years in power as anything I've seen yet.
  3. Close your eyes and imagine for a moment if Obama did this. Imagine Obama serving the national champions fast food burgers.
  4. Trump has been in power for two years now. Where on the list of Trump controversies would you rank this? Does it even crack the top 100?
When asked why he went with fast food, Trump said it was because the team featured "very large people that like eating." On that note, we now return to not writing about Trump.

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Carol Channing, Dead at 97

Carol ChanningCarol Channing was 97. She was the broadway legend best known for such musicals as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly!.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 422: Ryan Wolstat

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 422In this 422nd episode, Mike chats with Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun about the Raps, TFC and 90s hip-hop. This episode is exactly 1:46:04.

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Brian "Henny" Henderson Dead

Brian Henny HendersonBrian "Henny" Henderson was on the air at 1050 CHUM for 27 years, from 1977 to 2004. In the 80s, I'd literally call a phone number in order to hear his excellent daily sports commentaries. I considered him, Rick Hodge, John Gallagher and Fred Patterson to be the four pillars of daily sports commentaries on the radio in this city.

Several years ago, Henny left a comment on this blog. Here's what he shared with me us.

Since I have no idea what "URL" and all that other computer mumbo-jumbo means, I'll skip straight to the meat.

Yes I have had, and to a lesser degree, continue to have health issues. The reason I was terminated at CHUM however had nothing to do with health.

I was fired because I was too old, making too much money. FULL STOP! In the meantime, I have grown quite comfortable in retirement. Comfortable because of the age old advice, "always marry a younger woman, so that even when you're downsized, at least one of you is working. All of the children have finally left home.

Oldest Gillian is back in school in Vancouver taking her masters. Youngest Erin has crossed the street and is now working for TSN, while Kyle, "The Wonderkid" has graduated with his teaching degree, right in the middle of an era when there are no teaching jobs, Just like his father, he too has a supportive wife with a good job, and so we're all doing fine. Except for the job part.

Anyone know of any teaching possibilities for Kyle? He lives in Burlington, but will eagerly travel.

HENNY

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 421: Sports Media Roundtable

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 421In this 421st episode, Mike chats with Mark Hebscher, Brian Gerstein and Milon Talsania about the current state of sports media in Canada. This episode is exactly 2:29:40.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 420: Tyler Stewart of Barenaked Ladies

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 420In this 420th episode, Mike chats with Tyler Stewart about a million things Barenaked Ladies related and otherwise. This episode is exactly 2:36:38.

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