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Anthony Mason, Jaromir Jagr and John Taveres

Anthony Mason died today. I remember him well from those 90s Knicks teams with Patrick Ewing, John Starks and Charles Oakley. He was only 48.

You have to understand, the mid-90s feel like a few years ago to me. It feels like only yesterday I saw Anthony Mason driving to the hoop like a linebacker with a great haircut. Now he's dead.

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And Jaromir Jagr's been on my mind lately. He was just traded to the Florida Panthers. The man is 43-years old.

I like knowing Jagr is still playing in the NHL. After all, he's older than me. This fun fact led me to research how many current NHL players are older than me. The answer is exactly two: Jagr and Sergei Gonchar.

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres

That brings us to John Tavares. No, not the New York Islander, but the Buffalo Bandit. John Tavares is still playing professional lacrosse at the age of 46. That's just awesome.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 112: Mark Hebscher

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 112In this 112th episode, Mark Hebscher tells a series of awesome stories. Mike also talks to Hebsy about the David Clarkson trade, Dean Blundell's new morning show and the Mike Wilner episode. This episode is exactly 1:12:22.

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

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Leonard Nimoy, Dead at 83

Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy was 83. He was the actor, film director, poet, singer, and photographer best known for his role as Spock in Star Trek. He lived long and prospered.

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Friday Open Mike

Welcome 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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Leafs Trade David Clarkson (This is Not a Joke)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward David Clarkson to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Nathan Horton. This is not a joke. This is the real mofo deal.

Clarkson was signed in July 2013 but didn't last two seasons. My doppelganger has been given the boot and nobody will be sorry to see him go.

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Horton has not played this season due to a back injury, and may never play again. He is in the second year of a seven-year deal he signed with the Blue Jackets prior to the 2013-14 season worth an average annual value of $5.3 million.

The Leafs, a much richer team than Columbus, can afford to pay Horton to be on the long-term injured reserve. As long he's on it, there isn't a cap hit. Shanny might just be the executive of the year.

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What Jack Black Said at the Oscars

If you watched the Oscars, you might have caught a little of what Jack Black sang in the opening number. It was a rare moment of Academy Awards honesty.

Here's a transcript of what Jack Black said.

Stop! This is what you sound like: movies, movies, wow, they rock. Listen up, kid, it’s all a big crock. Now it’s market trends and fickle friends and Hollywood baloney. Believe me, Neil, you’re better off just polishing your Tony. This industry’s in flux, it’s run by mucky-mucks pitching tents for tentpoles and chasing Chinese bucks. Opening with lots of zeroes, all we get are superheroes: Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Jedi Man, Sequel Man, Prequel Man, formulaic scripts! And after Fifty Shades of Grey they’ll all have leather whips! In a world where our greens dropping common machines, only screens we’ll watch them on are the screens in our jeans. Screens in our jeans! Screens in our jeans! The only screens we’ll watch them on are the screens in our jeans! 

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Bring Back the Spirit of Radio Part 2???

This little relic from Toronto's radio history was sent to me by Frank. It was circulated back in '92 when there were rumours CFNY was returning to top 40, as it did briefly in the late 80s.

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These types of campaigns remind me of David Marsden's original call to arms which I played for him in episode 106 of my podcast. It literally brought him to tears.

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Daniel Winnik Traded to Pittsburgh

When the Leafs traded Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators, I felt the first flame had been sparked in operation Scorched Earth. Since then, I've readjusted my expectations. I no longer believe the Leafs will be able to trade anyone beyond the expiring contracts.

Daniel Winnik signed a one-year deal with the Leafs last summer, and he was definitely going to be dealt to a playoff-bound team. That happened today when he was sent to Pittsburgh for forward Zach Sill, their second round pick in 2016 and fourth round pick in 2015.

Now, the hard part begins. The trade deadline is Monday and so far Operation Scorched Earth is really more lit tinder.

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Tuesday Open Mike

Welcome 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.

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Why Do I Watch the Oscars?

I always watch the Academy Awards. I've done so since I was a teenager. Last night, I did it again.

Every single year, I regret it. 90% of the show is a snoozefest. Most of the musical performances are boring, mediocre songs, and when it's all done at midnight, I remember that I really don't care who wins.

I have this post-Oscar regret every single year, but I always come back. Why do I continue to watch a long, pretentious, boring television program?

There are a few reasons:

  1. I run the family Oscar pool. This means updating the tallies online in real-time. I take this responsibility very seriously, even though I never win.
  2. It's live, and you never know what's going to happen. Sure, 99% of what happens is rather bland, but when it happens, you'll be glad you saw it live.
  3. I enjoy watching something I know I'm sharing with millions and millions of fellow humans. This communal viewing is pretty cool, and Twitter adds this extra dimension I truly dig. In fact, watching the Oscars is no longer the primary entertainment, it's my Twitter feed and interactions that keep the spark lit until midnight. I have no idea how I watched the Oscars before Twitter.

So ends another 3.5 hour circle jerk with so few laughs and memorable moments I can't recall any right now as I type, but I'll be back next year. Will you? Why do you watch?

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Friday Open Mike

Welcome to this week's Friday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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For the First Time, I Can't Watch the Leafs

If I'm available to watch a Leafs game, I always tune in. This is even true for preseason games, and has been the case for as long as I can remember. I have always thoroughly enjoyed watching my hockey team, regardless of quality. This has always been the case, until now.

I tuned in the other day and watched Tyler Bozak score an early goal. I instinctively cheered, and then realized it was better if we didn't win. That's no way to watch a game.

Since I want my team to lose, and don't wish to root for the opposition, it's best I stop watching for a while. I'm going to take a break until I can cheer for Leafs wins again.

We've been pretty bad for a while now, so how is this the first time I've chosen to stop watching? As I ponder this question, a few reasons bounce around my head.

  1. We typically don't nosedive this hard, this early. In the past, there always seemed to be a chance we'd go on a run and finish 8th in the conference. There was always a sliver of hope.
  2. We actually own our own first round pick. There's finally a good incentive to tank. This is completely different from the year Boston owned our fist round pick and chose Tyler Seguin second overall.
  3. I'm getting old and am awfully busy. If it ain't fun viewin', I've got better things to do.

I'll still be reading about my team and hoping for more trades, but for the very first time in my life, the Leafs game won't be appointment viewing for me. It's no fun rooting for losses.

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Gigs

So I''m writing this guest entry to solicit some of your best..and worst..jobs when you were growing up. A guy I went to university with was so broke he participated in those pharmaceuitcal testing weekends. He was paid handsomely, but sprouted a tail about 2 years later. Good for balance, bad for meeting girls.

Here are some of my early gigs with some positives and negatives.

Caddy
+ Free hot dog and coke at 9th hole
- Lining up along a wall at 6am to get selected by old white guys...you know..like a slave auction

Woodcutter
+ Little kid allowed to swing axe at stuff - what's not to like?
- The pay was an ice cream cone

Newspaper delivery boy
+ Independence
- 5am wake up to start prepping papers / collecting - some pricks would dodge paying by saying they didn't receive their paper

McDonald's - Quarter Pounder grill
+ Made my own (free) big macs with 4 or 5 patties and a hundred pickles on it
- You are coated by grease and smell like meat... all the time.
Bonus fact! I once had to dress up as The Professor character and along with others like Grimace and Mayor McCheese, I was sent outside to greet kids, none of whom had ever heard of The Professor character

Coat check at Royal York Hotel
+ Easiest fucking money ever
- 8am Saturday morning shifts after Friday night fraternity parties
Bonus fact! One older guy who worked there wanted to watch me have sex with his wife

Security Guard
+ Look tough in uniform
- Was told once to go look for a crazy hobo who was somewhere on the 10th floor of a darkened office building...who was armed with an 8 inch screwdriver

Private Investigator
+Lived at a hotel in Ottawa for a summer, fantastic dough, killed many
- If people knew who I really was, could have been killed...by many

Retail sampler
+Met lots of chicks
- Standing all the time, pretending to give a shit about the product

Pizza delivery
+Free pies
-Giant risk of being shanked delivering to rathole apartment buildings

Landscaping
+Working outside in the summer
- Hard bloody work...outside..in the summer

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Hobo Gauntlet Radio Episode 6 is now online for streaming or download. These 1 hour shows include a bit of commentary, but I mainly spin some of my favourite alternative tunes that span the decades. Episode 6 features Tones on Tail, Lemon Jelly, The Pogues, James, The Propellerheads and more. Get the link at my blog at hobogauntlet.blogspot.ca or directly at GirthRadio.com

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My Relationship With #11

Throughout my life, if it was possible to wear #11, I wore #11.

In 1984, a young George Bell hit 26 dingers for my Blue Jays. I was hooked. George Bell became my guy, and George Bell wore #11. The rest, is history.

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Olli Jokinen has chosen #11 for his short stint with the Leafs. I just like seeing that number out there on the ice.

My oldest son has adopted the number has his go-to number for baseball and hockey. I never asked him to, but I'm glad he did.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 111

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 111In this 111th episode, Mike and Elvis discuss recent Toronto Mike'd guests, the hiring of Dean Blundell on The Fan 590, the cancellation of Spirit of Radio Sunday on 102.1, anti-vaxxers and more. This episode is exactly 1:16:47.

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

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Frozen Lake vs. Scorched Earth

When I saw it was only -9 at lunchtime, I excitedly layered up and went for a long bike ride along the lake. After what we've endured the past few days, -9 might as well be +20.

These unbearably cold temperatures have created some awfully photogenic scenes on Lake Ontario, and I snapped several pics today. One photo in particularly reminded me of something. Here's that pic I took:

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Doesn't that look an awful lot like the image I used (but did not take) to represent "scorched earth" following this weekend's Leafs trade?

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Tuesday Open Mike

Welcome 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.

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Lesley Gore, Dead at 68

Lesley GoreLesley Gore was 68. She was the singer who topped the charts in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry" and "You Don't Own Me."

And who could forget her "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" bellowing from Ruth Powers's car in The Simpsons episode "Marge on the Lam."

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Best Picture Nominees Ranked

For the first time in many years, I've seen all the films nominated for a Best Picture Oscar before the award is handed out.

Here's my personal ranking. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments.

  1. Whiplash
  2. Boyhood
  3. The Theory of Everything
  4. Birdman
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  6. The Imitation Game
  7. Selma
  8. American Sniper

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My 10 Favourite Saturday Night Live Cast Members of All-Time

I started watching Saturday Night Live during the Sandler era. That crew, with Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, David Spade and Chris Rock, introduced me to the world of SNL.

Since then, I've watched it off and on over the years. Sometimes I'd tune out for a few years, only to rediscover a new cast and watch every week. Of the seasons I caught, here are my 10 favourite cast members.

  1. Mike Myers
  2. Phil Hartman
  3. Adam Sandler
  4. Chris Farley
  5. Dana Carvey
  6. Kristen Wiig
  7. Will Ferrell
  8. Bill Hader
  9. TIna Fey
  10. Taran Killam

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Franson and Santorelli Traded to Nashville

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenceman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators for Nashville’s first-round selection in the 2015 Draft, and forwards Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen.

Operation Scorched Earth has begun...

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Our Flag

On February 15, 1965, our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. That was 50 years ago today.

It's the only Canadian flag I've ever known and I can't imagine an alternative. It's always been there, a great source of pride.

Here's a few pics I've taken of our flag over the years, in honour of the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada.

I snapped this pic of our flag at Chudleigh's Farm on October 9, 2005.

O Canada

I took this shot before a Leafs game on October 30, 2006.

The Rafters

This photo was taken just last summer. It's my daughter at Canada's Wonderland as Snoopy opened the park for the day.

Canada's Wonderland is perfectly empty this morning

And last but not least, this might be my favourite of all. I took it from underneath the giant Canadian flag we passed overhead as we sang O Canada prior to the World Junior final between Canada and Russia. We won gold that glorious January 5, 2015 night and everyone wore a red maple leaf.

Canada vs.  Russia

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Alison Gordon Was Major League Baseball’s First Female Beat Writer

Alison Gordon covered the Blue Jays’ beat for the Toronto Star from 1979 to 1984. At the time, women sportswriters were so rare that her membership card in the Baseball Writers Association of America identified her as Mr. Alison Gordon. They literally couldn't produce a card that was gender-neutral or female-specific.

Alison Gordon died the other day at 72. In addition to being a trailblazer for women sportswriters, she was a great writer. Mark Hebscher has shared his memories of working alongside Alison on his blog.

Once I had done my interviews and sent the tape back to Toronto (via alligator clips over the phone line) and once Alison had written her stories for the Star (on a portable manual typewriter) we would often meet up for dinner and then a long session of backgammon.   She didn't hang around the other writers, and, being a fellow rookie, I didn't pal around with the electronic media much.  I forget the name of the restaurant that was attached to the hotel (It changed every year) but we used to play so much backgammon there, they had to kick us out around midnight because we took up a prime table near the bar.   I lost to her more often than not, and always seemed to be paying for breakfast the next morning to settle our bet.  Had we played for real money, I would've ended up losing my shirt.  She was a good player.  She also knew that the players would test her every chance they got to see if she would crack under the pressure.  Once, she told me about a Bluejays pitcher who had offered her 200 dollars for sex, in order to win a bet.  We laughed about it together, but she knew there would be many more occasions where the players would show their true sexist colours.  

Many owe Alison a debt of gratitude.

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I Am What I Play

I didn't know I Am What I Play existed until David Marsden told me about it in episode 106. It's a documentary about rock radio DJ's featuring Meg Griffin, Charles Laquidara, Pat O'Day and our very own David Marsden, best known as the driving force behind CFNY in the 1980s.

From the 1960s to the 1980s, the rock radio DJ played an unprecedented creative role in the rock music world. I Am What I Play profiles four DJs in major markets during this period: their programming, their politics, and their deep connections with musicians and fans in the heyday of rock radio. Where are they now — and how did they reinvent themselves as the medium changed?

Watch this trailer and tell me you're not interested in seeing more. I can't wait to see this doc!

By the way, when Scot Turner's Spirit of Radio Sunday was cancelled by 102.1 the Edge a couple of weeks ago, I heard from many people looking for music from that era. You might want to check out NYtheSpirit.com.

NYTheSpirit.com showcases the distinctive quality of all the amazing music we remember. We deliver an audio stream we hope, will permit you to dream, to imagine the world as we know it and to see things differently through music.

It's only $5.99/month.

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Friday Open Mike

Welcome 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 110: Damien Cox

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 110: Damien CoxIn this 110th episode, Mike chats with long-time Toronto Star journalist and Rogers broadcaster Damien Cox about his years at the Star, on The Fan 590 and on TSN and Rogers Hockey. We also talk about his Twitter behaviour, the perception he's condescending and arrogant and I play this glorious audio for him. This episode is exactly 1:05:55.

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

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Jungle

This is a new short film from Drake and I'm sharing it because it includes some most excellent historical footage of Toronto. The vintage footage starts at about 2:00.

I'm also friends with the young lady who shows up at 9:39.

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Jerry "Tark the Shark" Tarkanian, Dead at 84

Jerry TarkanianJerry Tarkanian was 84. He was the head coach of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Runnin' Rebels from 1973-1992 winning the national championship in 1990 with one of the most dominant college teams ever.

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Humber Bay Arch Bridge Ice

Here's a shot I took earlier in the week from the Humber Bay Arch Bridge. This was Monday, and those floating chunks of ice were completely gone when I biked by yesterday.

The Martin Goodman Trail, except for this bridge, is completely plowed and salted, if you're looking for a safe route.

Humber Bay Arch Bridge

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As One Doppelgänger Falls, Another Rises

An ongoing inside joke between me and my pals is my constant defense of David Clarkson. I'll even tweet after every goal he scores with an emphatic "DAVID CLARKSON SCORES!", something I haven't had to do in quite some time. The origin of this David Clarkson defense is twofold:

  1. Clarkson grew up in nearby Mimico, rooting for the Leafs, and I would never fault him for getting a monster contract from Dave Nonis
  2. From certain angles, Clarkson looks an awful lot like me, particularly when I was his age and 30lbs heavier

Truth be known, the David Clarkson we see this season is David Clarkson. He's not under performing, he's pretty much playing his best. He was never worthy of the contract he received, and now he's a prime target of disdain.

Peter Horachek made Clarkson a healthy scratch against the Oilers, and we won big. It was only our second win of 2015. Clarkson will likely be a healthy scratch tonight, too.

As one doppelgänger falls, another rises. I received this tweet the other day from @kewl75.

We'll see how this works out...

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Tuesday Open Mike

Welcome 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.

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The Best New Cancon Single You've Never Heard

The last time I enjoyed a French-language song was when MuchMusic played the mess out of Mitsou's Bye Bye Mon Cowboy. That probably had more to do with Mitsou and less to do with Bye Bye Mon Cowboy.

I'm sure there are some great French songs I'm missing out on, but I really like understanding the lyrics in a song and that means focussing my ears on English tunes. This explains why I didn't know Lisa LeBlanc, the Acadian singer-songwriter who released her debut album a couple of years ago.

But then I sampled an English song from Lisa LeBlanc I was linked to on YouTube. This track, "You Look Like Trouble (But I Guess I Do Too)", blew me away. It's nothing you'll hear on the radio, but I think it's crazy good. Crank up your speakers and give this a listen:

She calls that "trash rock". More, please.

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The Strombo Show Is Great Radio

A whole bunch of Spirit of Radio Sunday fans only learned their favourite show on 102.1 was cancelled when they tuned in yesterday and couldn't find it. Checking this site's referral log, the sequence of events typically went like this for an SRS listener:

  1. tunes in 102.1 expecting to hear Scot Turner
  2. doesn't hear Scot Turner, instead hears regular 102.1 programming
  3. Googles 'what happened to Spirit of Radio Sunday' or something to that effect
  4. ends up here learning Spirit of Radio was cancelled

This news comes on the heels of David Marsden's The Marsden Theatre getting cancelled by Oshawa's The Rock in December. Both Scot Turner's Spirit of Radio show and David Marsden's The Marsden Theatre aired on Sundays, which made it the very best day of the week for radio in the GTA. But what now?

I recommend The Strombo Show. The Strombo Show airs on Sundays from 8-11 on CBC Radio 2. That's 94.1 in Toronto, if you're unsure. As George Stroumboulopoulos explained in episode 103 of my podcast, he records the 3 hours show in his home studio and plays whatever he wants, "if it's good". The show is "keeping the spirit of radio alive by delivering the best records in the best order. It's a show for music lovers by music lovers, ranging over three hours of commercial-free music to honour both old and new."

Here's what aired last night while I was watching the Raptors beat the Spurs. It's just good music of any age and genre played by a guy who cares. That, in my opinion, makes for very good radio.

Great radio on Sundays is alive and well on CBC Radio 2. Give it a listen.

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Everyone is Available (Except This Guy)

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Dean Smith, Dead at 83

Dean SmithDean Smith was 83. He was the head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997 winning two national championships, including the 1982 title with a squad led by Michael Jordan.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 109: My Daughter

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 109: My DaughterIn this 109th episode, Mike chats with his daughter. This episode is exactly 34:36.

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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Michelle the Nurturer

I snapped this pic last night as my daughter put her little brother to bed. She's incredible with the little guy, so nurturing and loving. It's really a sight to behold.

She helped bathe him, put him in his pajamas and sleep sack, read him Goodnight Moon and fed him his bottle before putting him down for the night.

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I'm particularly fascinated by the contrast between her and her older brother. He has no interest in bathing or feeding his little brother. He's waiting until it's time to play catch and go for a bike ride. Until then, it's primarily hands-off.

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How You Can Earn Free Leafs Games Tickets

Ford of Canada has partnered with the Toronto Maple Leafs to award 200 tickets for every home game to real fans like us who are willing to watch a team on a franchise-record losing streak. To date, between MLSE and Ford through the FordFANatic, approximately 4,800 tickets have been awarded to fans for 24 home games.

Sarah D. is behind the Twitter handle @TheFordFanatic and she has been a Leafs fan as long as she remembers. Being Canadian, it’s in her blood. Growing up in rural Nova Scotia, Sarah and her peers cheered for any of the original 6 teams but Sarah’s cheers have always been for the Leafs. Sarah was 18 when she first saw the Leafs play, when she came to Toronto to see a pre-season game. She remembers it as one of the most surreal experiences of her life, being able to see Darcy Tucker fight someone right in front of her, got her hooked for life.

So follow @TheFordFanatic on Twitter and score yourself one of those 200 tickets to every home game. Be a part of the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.

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Mercy, Mercy Me

The Supreme Court of Canada says a law that makes it illegal for anyone to help people end their own lives should be amended to allow doctors to help in specific situations.

The ruling only applies to competent adults with enduring, intolerable suffering who clearly consent to ending their lives.

The court has given federal and provincial governments 12 months to craft legislation to respond to the ruling; the ban on doctor-assisted suicide stands until then. If the government doesn't write a new law, the court's exemption for physicians will stand.

The right to die with dignity... what a progressive and sensible decision.

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Friday Open Mike

Welcome to this week's Friday Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

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The Future As I Knew It In 1981

When I was a kid, I thought these graphics were amazing. I mean look at that basketball game! And check out the detail of that golf course! The future arrived to my home in 1981.

Old Atari Booklet

These games were part of my Atari Catalogue featuring 45 games available for the Atari 2600.

Atari Catalog of Games

We actually never owned an Atari gaming console but an Atari 2600 clone called the Gemini (not to be confused with the Gemini I won back in 2009).

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Street Cents and Me

If you listened to my interview with Jonathan Torrens, you know I was a big fan of the Saturday morning CBC show Street Cents. It was appointment viewing for me.

Jonathan Torrens Leaving my Place

I was way older than their targeted demo, but I loved it. There was nothing else like it on television. It was, dare I say, an intelligent show for teens, and unabashedly Canadian. I was pretty ticked when they cancelled it in 2006.

But do you know what's not fit for the pit? This oral history of Street Cents by Vice. It's a fun read if you're a fan of the show.

And Benita Ha, if you're reading, you're welcome on Toronto Mike'd anytime.

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The Great NHL Stats Fraud

Our Toronto Maple Leafs have lost 10 in a row. That hasn't happened since there were only six teams in the NHL. The Leafs have only one win in all of 2015. That's bad, even for this franchise.

We all know the Leafs have lost 10 in a row, but try telling that to the NHL. Officially, the NHL thinks we've lost 3 in a row, because we lost in a shootout to the Devils back on January 28.

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What a bunch of malarky that is. Losing in overtime or a shootout is still losing. Make no mistake about it, the Leafs have lost 10 in a row, despite what you'll read at NHL.com.

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Tuesday Open Mike

Welcome 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.

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Cycling: January 2015 vs. January 2014

Recording all my bike rides allows me to get a little geeky and compare this year's me to last year's me. Every month I aim to ride further than I did the previous year. Here is how my cycling in January 2015 compared to January 2014.

January 2015: 392.34 km

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January 2014: 84.67 km

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Last winter was absolutely horrible for winter biking. I wanted to get out every weekday, but only managed to ride six days total. This year, January was pretty ideal for winter cycling in Toronto.

My goal for 2015 is a personal best 5,000 km of cycling.

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Spirit of Radio Sunday on 102.1 the Edge Cancelled

Launched last February, Spirit of Radio Sunday on 102.1 the Edge, hosted by Scot Turner, was mighty popular in my circle. Scot and I spoke a great deal about the concept in episode 102 of my podcast. Essentially, the show was an homage to the legacy of CFNY, playing "the artists that defined the alternative rock format".

I'm referring to Spirit of Radio Sunday in the past tense because the program has been cancelled. Today's show is the very last one. Personally, I'm disappointed, as I thoroughly enjoyed the program and will miss hearing those great songs CFNY played in the 80s. As I type this, they're playing Endgames' "First , Last For Everything".

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I'm told this is part of some new changes at 102.1 that take effect tomorrow. Stay tuned...

Update: I just got off the phone with Scot Turner. Here's what I've learned:

  • Spirit of Radio Sunday was the most listened to program on 102.1 (according to the most recent Fall 2014 radio ratings), but did not perform as well with the 18-34 year old demo.
  • 102.1 is primarily concerned with this 18-34 demo and market research suggests they should focus on this demo. Spirit of Radio Sunday was cancelled so they can target 18-34 year olds 24/7.
  • This re-focus on the 18-34 demo puts an end to any rumours about David Marsden returning to 102.1. Marsden himself fanned these flames in episode 106 of my podcast.
  • Scot Turner loved putting the show together, especially the passionate reaction from fans, but respects this business decision and is happy to have his Sundays back.

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Super Bowl Prediction Thread

Super Bowl XLIX kicks off from University of Phoenix Stadium in about 7.5 hours. In case you've been living under a rock, it's the New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahawks.

The purpose of this entry is to collect everyone's predictions. Please guess the final score before 6:30pm and we'll see if anyone nails it. There's a great deal of pride on the line, so give it your best shot.

My prediction: Seattle 32, New England 29

How do you think it all ends?

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Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre

On Friday, I did something I had never done before. I attended dinner theatre.

The show was called "Getting Hitched! An Engagement Party Directed by Alfred Hitchmock" and it took place at the Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre at 2026 Yonge Street. If you've never been to dinner theatre, you're served a nice meal and then characters in the production start milling about, chatting you up at your table. Then, the show begins with a murder and your job is to track the clues and figure out whodunit.

Spoiler alert: I was the murderer. Here's photographic evidence.

Fwd:

Good food and good times... Visit http://www.mysteriouslyyours.com/ for more info.

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