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Daily Photo: Spoons in the Park

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Rowdy Roddy Piper, Dead at 61

Rowdy Roddy PiperRowdy Roddy Piper was 61. He was a WWF / WWE superstar who also starred in John Carpenter’s "They Live."

He was also my favourite wrestler when I followed the WWF in the mid-80s. I'd tune in weekly to hear him on the Piper's Pit.

His "For Everybody" was the best track on The Wrestling Album. JYD, Jimmy Hart and Captain Lou contributed gems, but Hot Rod stole the show.

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Open Mike

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Another Round of Radio Layoffs at Corus

Corus Entertainment is shaving its payroll again with a series of radio layoffs. The names of those affected are still trickling in, so I'll update this entry as I learn more.

Most of the changes are at Q107. Longtime host Jeff Woods, who recently moved back from Calgary, has been let go, as have Dominik Diamond, Nails Mahoney and James MacPhee, who did news double duty with Q and AM640.

Kim Mitchell, who has been working the 2-6pm shift, will not have his contract renewed. His last day at Q107 will be tomorrow.

And, a little outside the city in Hamilton, my pal Kelly Cutrara was axed at Fresh FM. She's coming on my podcast to talk about it, as soon as she sobers up.

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Blue Jays Trade for David Price

I've got to give Alex Anthopoulos credit. He's all in for 2015. He just sent prospects Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to Detroit for lefty David Price.

We wanted an arm, and we got an arm. Price becomes our #1 guy down the stretch, bumping down Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey, Marco Estrada and Drew Hutchison. He's a rental, two months from free agency, so there's no doubt the Jays are trying to win this year.

These are exciting times for this club. Go Jays!

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 131: Chris Johnston

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 131In this 131st episode, Mike chats with Chris Johnston, Senior Hockey Writer for Sportsnet, about Phil Kessel, the Shanaplan, Simmons's hotdog claims, Hockey Night in Canada changes, Tim and Sid, becoming a Friend of Bob and whether Wilner should call John Gibbons "Gibby". This episode is exactly 1:04:38.

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Chuck D Designed Public Enemy's Logo

The band I listened to the most in high school was Public Enemy. When grunge broke, Nirvana and Pearl Jam made a run at the title, but PE had a head start and finished first.

I had a Public Enemy poster on my wall and wore Public Enemy tee-shirts with that iconic logo on it. To this day, that logo hangs on the wall of my podcast studio. Somehow, I only learned yesterday that Chuck D himself designed Public Enemy's logo. I learned it here.

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People say I studied art. I didn’t just study; I graduated with an art degree. There’s a big difference. When it came to be around that potential time of making logos, I wanted to make something that understood what a logo could do, you know? Look at the Rolling Stones. The tongue and the lips say it all without you looking at the font. I wanted to be able to make something that detaches. I don’t think there’s too many logos out there that don’t deal with a font, that you can detach and know what it is. Wu-Tang is still the W, but that kinda comes close. But Public Enemy… no font whatsoever. Circle with a man, you know what it is.

You know what it is.

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Blue Jays Trade for Troy Tulowitzki, Give Up Jose Reyes and Prospects

Blue Jays' GM Alex Anthopoulos landed Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Jose Reyes, Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco.

Jose Reyes has become a defensive liability, and Tulowitzki is a nice upgrade at SS. The man can also hit, making the league's best offense that much better. This lineup is scary.

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Unfortunately, Troy Tulowitzki doesn't pitch. Anthopoulos is going to have to add arms if we're going to see the playoffs in October. Find us another starter, AA! But thanks for Tulowitzki... he's the premier shortstop in baseball.

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Final Thoughts on the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games

During the first twenty minutes of episode 130 of my podcast, me and my friend Elvis discuss the 2015 Pan Am Games. Spoiler alert: we completely disagree. It all happens here if you've yet to listen.

As recently as early June, I was all set to hate these games. The term I used at the time was "underwhelmed". After all, the Pan Am Games aren't the Olympics, and at the time, I was stuck on that particular fact.

Then, I attended a torch relay. I had a great time, and when we were all cheering Natalie Spooner on as she ran in and lit the cauldron, I suddenly didn't care that these weren't the Olympics. I finally felt something beyond apathy, and it felt good.

I biked over to another torch relay the afternoon of the opening ceremony, and sat down with the family that night to watch Donovan Bailey base jump from the CN Tower onto the dome. By the time Steve Nash officially kicked things off, I was hooked.

It helped that my two older kids attended an early diving event at the new Aquatics Centre and Field House and raved about both the facility and the ambience. That's when I visited the schedule of events and made it a point to stream them live. That's right, I often had to stream, as many of my targeted events weren't televised live. That's another entry for another time, but streaming the events and Chromecasting them to my big screen was effortless and meant no ads, so I was happy.

Here's a taste of what I watched live:

I ended up watching much more than that, particularly in the athletics, but that was my "appointment viewing list". For the most part, it was thrilling, even with the disappointing disqualification in the 4x100m relay final.

Now that the Pan Am Games are over, I can sincerely admit that I'll miss them. It didn't matter to me that they weren't the Olympics. It was entertaining sport, the energy in this city was palpable, visits to Nathan Phillips Square and Pan Am Park were inspiring, and the thousands and thousands of volunteers filled me with pride.

What an amazing 16 days. Well done, Toronto.

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Daily Photo: Beaching in Toronto

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 130: Pan Am Disagreement

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 130In this 130th episode, Mike chats with Elvis about the Pan Am Games, Kim Mitchell, Humble and Fred, and a whole lot more. This episode is exactly 1:02:35.

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CP24's Jamie Gutfreund visits the College of Makeup Art & Design

On any given day, viewers from across the GTA can tune into CP24 Breakfast to get their daily dose of the city’s political, economic, and entertainment news. And, on any given day, viewers are just as likely to discover the innumerable ways that Toronto is producing world-class talent in a smorgasbord of emerging and established industries.

Our fair city has long been labelled “Hollywood North” – not because it shares the sunny climes of SoCal, but rather because our little burg is admirably equipped to act as a stand-in for many of America’s cities. However one could also make the argument that the reason Toronto sports such an honorific moniker is because year after year, Toronto produces a great deal of the talent that make blockbuster films so memorable.

CP24’s Jamie Gutfreund Witnesses Movie Magic In The Making

To shed a bit of light on Toronto’s exploding makeup and special effects industry, Jamie Gutfreund of CP24 stopped by the College of Makeup Art & Design (CMU) to experience for himself the calibre of talent the school has been internationally recognized for developing, and learned that this summer, the magic of movie makeup is being made available to a younger crowd through special summer camps.

CMU Summer Camps: A Great Way To Test The Waters

Parents looking to enrol their teens in something a little different this summer need look no further than the hands-on summer camps offered by CMU this August. Each camp focuses on different aspects of the makeup industry – so whether your teen is an aspiring fashion makeup artist, or obsessed with some of Hollywood’s more ghoulish monster makeups, CMU College has the summer program that is sure to engage and inspire.

Makeup Summer Camp: August 4-7

Intensive? You bet. This weeklong workshop is geared to motivated teens aged 15-18 that follows all of the fashion industry’s latest trends. This hands-on program covers everything from fundamental to advanced techniques in beauty makeup, with an emphasis on eyeliner detail, brow shaping, highlight and contour and much more.

SPFX Makeup Summer Camp: August 10-14

Anyone who owns a television can attest to the ever-increasing popularity of monster/post-apocalyptic makeups making their way to the screen. The SPFX summer camp offered by CMU helps aspiring movie makeup professionals learn all the classic action movie must-haves from burns to bruises to abrasions and beyond.

Camps Are a Great Introduction to the Industry

Finding ways to fill the dog days of summer for your teen is one thing – there are definitely no shortages of great programs to occupy their time before heading back to school. The benefit associated with enrolling into a program like the ones offered by CMU is that they allow aspiring artists to get a taste of the industry before making a long and expensive educational commitment. Hands-on exposure to techniques and learning from industry professionals can do wonders for fuelling the passion in a teen that perhaps had doubts about what profession they wanted to pursue come graduation.

Beyond Camp – What Can Grads Expect?

These days the reality is that good jobs in any profession are difficult to come by. Admittedly, the professional makeup industry can be competitive, but that doesn’t mean grads won’t be exposed to plenty opportunity. But honestly, just how diverse is the industry?
Courses offered by institutions like these top 5 makeup artist and design schools in Toronto prepare grads for a wide breadth of work that goes well beyond specializing in fashion or gore makeup. Film and television effects are more sophisticated than ever before, and while computer generated effects are used with greater frequency to transport the audience’s imagination, they are also quite expensive and time consuming to produce – meaning that there will always be a need for makeup artists on set.
Theatre productions the world over also use makeup artists to bring characters to life on stage, and hairstyling, prosthetic creation, and creature design all industry standards, and won’t disappear anytime soon.

Becoming a Makeup Master – Learning the Skills, Using the Tools

With any educational endeavour, learning theory is king. But in the makeup industry, theory will only take you so far – you simply have to get your hands dirty. Summer camps like the ones offered by CMU are an excellent starting point for developing a feel for the industry; they help to inspire the next generation of makeup masters that will not only sculpt the future of filmmaking but solidify Toronto’s reputation as being Hollywood North for many years to come.

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Open Mike

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Lou Lamoriello Hired as Leafs GM

Brendan Shanahan, President and Alternate Governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced today that Lou Lamoriello has been named the 16th General Manager in the Club’s history. Lamoriello joins the Leafs after previously spending the last 28 years in the New Jersey Devils organization.

I didn't see this coming, did you?

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Andre De Grasse

It seems like Andre De Grasse has come out of nowhere. The 20-year old Canadian only started sprinting in 2012, and a mere 3-years later he's a bonafide threat to Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin in the 100m.

Last night, we saw him win gold in the Pan Am Games with a time of 10.05 seconds. He recently ran a wind-aided 9.75 to win the NCAA championship and is the first Canadian to legally break the 10-second barrier in 15 years. And remember, he's just twenty and three years into this sport.

Next month he'll be at the world championships in Beijing to take on the elites, Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt. He's not there yet, but he's rapidly improving and if he ever gets that start right, he'll consistently run under 10-seconds. He's also pretty awesome in the 200m.

Canada hasn't had a world-class sprinter since Donovan Bailey and Bruny Surin. This is exciting.

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Algorithmic Awareness in Facebook

Did you know your Facebook news feed was determined by a proprietary algorithm? Facebook looks at your level of engagement with the friend, the perceived value of the content, a whole bunch of stuff... then determines what it will serve up to you on your news feed.

I've hated this concept since Facebook introduced it. I don't want their algorithm to determine what I see and what I don't. As a result, I haven't visited my Facebook news feed in years.

I leverage Facebook lists to replace the wall, thus eliminating the dreaded algorithm. Here's how you create such a list:

  1. Scroll down to Friends on the left side of your News Feed and click More.
  2. Click Create List.
  3. Enter a name for your list and the names of friends you’d like to add. Keep in mind you can add or remove friends from your lists at any time.
  4. Click Create.

There ya go. Bookmark a list that contains all your Facebook friends and that replaces the news feed. You'll see all updates by all friends in reverse-chronological order, just like the good 'ol days.

And if you have so many friends you need the algorithm, get the shears out of the shed. It's time for some pruning.

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Did That Really Happen? Canada's Crazy Gold in Men's Baseball

I watched every minute of last night's gold medal baseball game between Canada and the United States. No, it wasn't on television, but a live stream was readily available here. I Chromecast it to my television screen and settled in for a great night of ball.

With the game tied at 4, it went into extra innings. That's when things got a little weird. International baseball has this bizarre rule where you start extra innings with runners at first and second and lead off with any part of the lineup you desire. Crazy, eh? It reminds me of slo-pitch tournaments where we start extras with a runner on second base and one out, but that always made sense because another game was scheduled to use the same diamond right afterwards.

Once I wrapped my head around this little twist, I watched the United States score two runs in the top of the 10th and hoped for the best. That's when I witnessed my first ever walk-off failed pickoff play.

The camera angles for this game were less than ideal. On this final, exhilarating, gold medal clinching play, I didn't even know we were sending the winning run in from third. Suddenly, while I was still celebrating the tying run, there was a play at the plate. I've never seen anything like it.

Here's how it all went down. Crazy!

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Van Miller, Dead at 87

I all but ignore football now. Sure, I'll tune into the Grey Cup and Superbowl, and with the right story line, I could get into a playoff game or two, but otherwise I don't spend a minute watching or listening to football.

It wasn't always this way. In addition to watching our Argos, I used to love the Buffalo Bills. I was there for their four Superbowl appearances in a row and stuck around until the Music City Miracle. During that era, in addition to watching on TV, I discovered the Bills on WGR 550 where Van Miller was the voice. I loved how he called Bills games.

If you missed Van Miller, here are a few of his gems. He was the play-by-play announcer for the Bills for 37 seasons before retiring after the 2003 season.

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Open Mike

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One Little Tweet Can Make a Big Difference

Last Sunday, while walking in the neighbourhood of New Toronto, I came across a sign. Flowers were stolen from a children's garden at Second Street Junior Middle School. I took this photo of the sign.

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I also sent out this tweet.

The next day, I heard from a reporter at CTV Toronto. He wanted more details and thought this would make a good news story. They sent over a camera crew and aired this story on the 6pm news on Monday.

Students in Etobicoke were angry to find that flowers from their school garden have been stolen.

As part of a “green project,” parents and students planned to maintain a garden of flowers, fruits and vegetables at Second Street Junior Middle School throughout the summer.

But when students went to water the plants, they were gone.

“I’m very, very upset. Give them back right now,” one young student said. The students raised $500 to create the garden.

According to parents, the most expensive flowers in the garden were targeted by the thieves. 

“I was really upset that someone would come steal from a children’s garden,” one parent said. 

A sign was put up after the theft, calling out the thieves and asking for the flowers to be returned. 

The fruits and vegetables that grow in the garden are destined for a nearby food bank.

I was then contacted by Robin Evans Clarke who saw my tweet and wanted to donate money to the flowers fund. I passed on the contact info I had for one of the parents helping out with this project. That's when she started an Indiegogo campaign.

In less than a day, with a little help from Reddit, she raised her target of $500.

It's awesome watching the community step up like this, turning lemons into lemonade. And to think it all started with a little tweet...

Update: July 18, 2015

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 129: John Downs

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 129In this 129th episode, Mike chats with John Downs about his years in radio at 680 News, AM640 and 1010. We also discuss his recent night in jail, his work with Sun News Network and why he thinks Doug Ford got him canned. This episode is exactly 1:18:17.

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The Best Headphones I've Ever Owned

You shouldn't wear headphones while you bike. At least that's what I tell my kids. The fact is, when I'm biking alone, I always wear headphones.

I used to wear the buds that come with your smartphone. Then, for my recent birthday in June, my wife surprised me with a pair of Plantronics BackBeat FIT wireless stereo headphones. They're incredible.

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Firstly, they're wireless. This is awfully convenient. They connect to my phone via Bluetooth and I can bike a full week before needing to charge them. And charging them is as simple as plugging them into my laptop's USB port for a couple of hours.

And they're not noise-cancelling headphones, so all the ambient noise like bells and honks and cars and people talking still get heard. This also makes them the safest headphones I've ever owned.

On top of sounding great, it also has a microphone so I can answer calls by simply pressing the button over my right ear. There are plenty of convenient controls on this thing.

And most importantly, it's designed for workouts, so it never falls out and is water resistant. I often forget I'm wearing it.

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My wife tells me she bought it online for $120 CAD. If you wear headphones while you bike and/or run, it's worth every penny.

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Newstalk 1010 Cancels Humble & Fred Radio

Back in January 2013, Humble and Fred signed on to have their daily podcast aired on Newstalk 1010. The Humble and Fred show started airing weekdays at midnight where it stayed through last week.

Here's how the early morning lineup looked last week on Newstalk 1010.

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Newstalk 1010 has cancelled the Humble and Fred show, effective immediately. Here's how the early morning lineup now looks.

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The midnight to 2am slot, previously occupied by a censored version of the Humble and Fred podcast, is now The Best of Jerry Agar and The Best of Jim Richards.

You can still hear the Humble and Fred show online as a podcast. IMHO, it's the only way to go.

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Daily Photo: TORONTO

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My Evolving Thoughts on the Pan Am Games

In early June, I wrote that I was still completely underwhelmed by the Pan Am Games. Now that they're finally here, it's time for an update.

I attended a couple of torch relay celebrations over the past week. Here's something I wrote about seeing Natalie Spooner light the cauldron in southwest Toronto. I'll admit it, attending the three hour party really warmed me to the spirit.

Then, on Friday, I rode to Queen's Quay and watched another torch relay. That night, I tuned into the opening ceremonies from the venue formerly known as Skydome and was thoroughly impressed. It closed with a spectacular fireworks display from the CN Tower.

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By this point, I was into the Pan Am Games. My kids saw diving at the new CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House and loved it. I'm following the results, watching when I can, and feeling the spirit.

Torontonians love to complain about traffic and I've got friends hoping these Pan Am Games are a colossal failure. I've decided to join the party and embrace the event. It's more fun this way.

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Roger Rees, Dead at 71

Roger ReesRoger Rees was 71. He was the actor best known for his role as millionaire Robin Colcord on Cheers. He also had a key role in The West Wing and played the Sheriff of Rottingham in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

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Omar Sharif, Dead at 83

Omar SharifOmar Sharif was 83. He was the Academy Award nominated actor best known for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl.

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Open Mike

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Ken Stabler, Dead at 69

Ken StablerKen Stabler was 69. He threw for 27,938 yards during his 15-year career in the NFL, compiling a 96-49-1 record as a starting quarterback and a win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. He played for the Raiders from 1970 to 1979, winning the NFL MVP award in 1974 and earning Pro Bowl honours four times.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 128: Mocha Frap

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 128In this 128th episode, Mike chats with Mocha Frap of Roz and Mocha on 92.5 about his name, his career in radio, his dream job, DJ Clymaxxx, working with Roz Weston, DR. CABBIE, going viral and being a "brown guy". This episode is exactly 1:01:38.

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

Here's the KurtToon I asked Mocha about:

And here's episode 120 with Roz Weston.

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Pan Am Games Torch Relay

I want to be snarky about the Pan Am Games Torch Relay I attended in Sam Smith Park this evening, but I'm going to have to leave my snark at the door. It was actually a lot of fun.

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I got there early with my youngest and watched him run around the field, stare awkwardly at Pachi and dance to the band playing golden oldies. There was lots to do and see and Natalie Spooner ran in with the Pan Am Torch around 7pm. She lit the cauldron, we all sang O Canada and I completely forgot how little I care about the Pan Am Games. It was a party and I was more interested in joining in than standing on the sidelines pointing and laughing.

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I still care very little about the athletics, but I am psyched about all the peripheral partying in my city. I'll be here all July, so if I can enjoy a torch relay and some free concerts, I'm down with it.

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Introduction to TSN (1984)

Meet John Wells, Jim Van Horne, Michael Landsberg and Terry Leibel from your new TSN.

British gymnastics!

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FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Tunnel Vision

I watched the 2012 Olympics semi-final match between Canada and the United States from the airport. I was on my way to Amsterdam, and the match was on in one of the airport bars. Dozens of us collected around the screen and shared outrage when suspect refereeing resulted in a loss for Canada.

That's when I started anticipating the 2015 Women's World Cup. Canada would be the host and it would be time for revenge. I wanted this.

In total, Canada played five matches. I watched every minute of every one of those matches. A quarter-final loss to England was the end of the road for our squad, and that's when I lost all interest in the tournament.

I only tuned in to the final between USA and Japan when I learned on Twitter it was 4-0. I stared at it as you'd stare at a car accident. I think I watched for about 25 minutes before bailing for good.

As it turn out, I have no interest in the FIFA Women's World Cup, I only care about the Canadian team. When we bowed out, so did I.

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The Curious Case of Howard Berger

Local hockey fans likely know the name Howard Berger. He covered the Leafs on The Fan 590 for over twenty years until being let go in 2011. Love him or hate him, you knew his voice.

Upon being fired, Howard Berger started blogging, first at blogspot.com and then at bergerbytes.ca. He did not stop following the Leafs on the road, however. He essentially kept that going so he could blog about it.

I know this because it's all here in Berger v. The Queen. You see, since Howard Berger incurred about $60,000 in expenses over two years, he wrote that off as a business expense. His trips to New York to see the Rangers take on the Leafs were so he could better blog about the game and post-game conferences. This would make the blog better which would cause traffic to increase which would have sponsors knocking on his door.

On the one hand, I'm sitting here shaking my head at Howard Berger. I've been blogging for 13 years, and even though I didn't appear on a Toronto radio station for twenty years prior, I know a little bit about monetizing a blog. I can tell you Berger's blog was never going to support $30 in expenses every year, much less leave him with an actual income. It's as if he never did any homework or even any basic math.

And he didn't. Howard Berger never had a business case for his blog. Section 31 says it best:

Mr. Berger fails in this regard to have provided me with any projections, comparisons, readership numbers, anything at all frankly to allow me to accurately assess the venture’s capability to make a profit. It is all conjecture. No solid data, just a suggestion his readership numbers were trending upwards. This factor works against Mr. Berger’s position that this was not a hobby but a business. Businesses are out to make money and generally have an idea of how much and how feasible the money-making venture is. Mr. Berger does not seem to have a handle on this. It leaves me to guess whether a steady readership in the few thousands is sufficient to attract sponsors to cover expenses of $30,000‑$40,000 a year.

But, I actually feel sorry for him. After over two decades following his favourite team for a living, he was fired and reacted as if in complete denial. He kept doing what he had always done, and that meant joining the team on the road and blogging about what he observed. He didn't actively seek sponsorship or consider how he was going to monetize the venture and support this expensive activity, he just plowed ahead as if nothing had changed. It's incredibly sad.

As it stands, Howard Berger is still blogging, but without income. He's still welcome on my podcast anytime as I'd love to talk with him about all of this. This case, as curious as it is, will be great fodder for legal classes to debate. When is a hobby a business and vice versa?

What do you think? Was this a legitimate business that justifies $30,000 in yearly expenses? Was Howard Berger personally benefiting from trips to New York to see his favourite team play in the Big Apple? Can you call a blog a business if there is no business plan?

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Open Mike

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Flat Brim Caps = Generation Gap

My daughter knows me well. She can anticipate my reaction to just about everything. It's frightening, really.

She has a birthday this month so she's started dropping hints about things she'd like. After her last soccer match, it went something like this:

Michelle: Daddy, there's something I want, but you're not going to like it.
Me: Oh yeah? What's that?
Michelle: I want a Raptors cap.
Me: Why wouldn't I like that? I totally dig that.
Michelle: Well... I want a flat brim. I know you hate caps with flat brims.
Me: You're right, I don't like that at all.

The flat brim cap era has provided us with our very first taste of the generation gap. Every time I see someone wearing a cap with a completely flat brim I want to grab the brim and work it in. I like curves!

I may personally despise the flat brim style, but I'll love my daughter in one regardless.

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Update: July 18, 2015

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Phil Kessel Traded to Penguins

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Way back in 2009, Brian Burke pulled the trigger on a trade with Boston that scored us Kessel a 1st and 2nd round draft pick in 2010 and another 1st round pick in 2011. That 1st rounder ended up being Tyler Seguin, who finished fourth in points last season. The price was steep, but he did average 30 goals a season over his six years here, and that includes the shortened 2012-13 season.

Coming to Toronto are forwards Nick Spaling and Kasperi Kapanen, defenceman Scott Harrington and a 1st and 3rd round draft pick.

Heading to PIttsburgh, in addition to Kessel, is forward Tyler Biggs, defenceman Tim Erixon and a 2nd round pick. We'll also retain 15% of Kessel's salary. Gulp.

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Cycling: June 2015 vs. June 2014

June 2015 was an amazing month for cycling. The temperatures were pretty ideal, there wasn't much rain until last weekend, and we even got new trails to ride. I rode more kilometres in June than I have in any other month of my life. Here's how my cycling in June 2015 measured up against June 2014.

June 2015: 742.85 km

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June 2014: 539.92 km

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My goal for 2015 remains a personal best 5,000 km. I'm currently at 3010.6 km with 6 months to go.

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