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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 186

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 186In this 186th episode, Mike chats with Elvis about episodes he's missed, seeing Guns N Roses, Helix and The Tragically Hip, TFC vs. Argos, The Simpsons, and more. This episode is exactly 1:49:59.

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Daily Photo: Rock You!

Last night, I saw Helix perform at Lakeshore Mardi Gras.

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Michael Jordan's Last 12 Minutes with the Bulls (with TV Ads)

I was mesmerized by this 40 minute video of the fourth quarter of game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz. It ended up being the last 12 minutes Jordan would ever play for the Bulls.

The original ads being in there make it even better as it feels like you're watching it again in real-time. That first Nike ad about the kid who wouldn't pass was pretty epic.

Then, there's the game itself. Jordan makes three plays in a row in crunch time that are remarkable. In fact, it's reminiscent of the plays LeBron James made in the final moments of the Cavs game 7 win against the Warriors last month.

It's also interesting how the lack of replay factored into this game. Harper makes a shot for the Bulls that wouldn't have counted today, and the Jazz made a 3 earlier in the game that would have counted today. That's a 5-point swing in a 1-point decisive game.

Enjoy Jordan's last title. It's as good as I remember it.

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Sports Media Episodes of Toronto Mike'd

I received a tweet from a broadcasting student who wanted to get into sports media. He was wondering if any episodes of Toronto Mike'd included guests talking about how they got into the industry.

I'm fairly certain I've asked that of every single sports media personality I've had over to my basement studio. To make things as convenient as possible, here's a list of every sports media guest I've had thus far. Click through to hear the conversation.

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Open Mike

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Patreon: Beggars Banquet

Back in December, I launched a Patreon campaign for Toronto Mike'd. Toronto Mike'd, the podcast I started four years ago, is 185 episodes deep, and has incurred a number of expenses over the years. This Patreon campaign is one way of helping to recoup such costs.

The problem is, whenever it's time to promote this Patreon campaign on the podcast, I cringe. It feels very, very uncomfortable, and more often than not, I skip it completely. It feels like begging for money, and I don't like that feeling.

I listen to other podcasts that celebrate their Patreon campaign with glee. I'm sure this is one reason they're raising more funds than my underperforming campaign. I suck at this aspect of hosting an independent podcast.

A huge thank you to those of you who have helped crowdfund this podcast thus far. I even had one gentleman ask me if he could email me money instead of using Patreon. The answer, of course, was yes.

To the rest of you, all I ask is that you visit my Patreon page and consider becoming a Toronto Mike'd Patron. If you like what you hear on Toronto Mike'd, please support it and help me to keep it going.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 185: Marc Weisblott

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 185In this 185th episode, Mike chats with 12:36 newsletter author Marc Weisblott about the zany and surreal vegetation of Toronto's lush digital garden. This episode is exactly 1:26:04.

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Blue Jays Acquire Melvin Upton, Jr. from Padres

The Toronto Blue Jays have sent a Class A prospect to San Diego in exchange for Melvin Upton, Jr., who used to be known as B.J. Upton.

Upton is hitting .256 with 16 home runs, 45 runs batted in and 20 stolen bases so far this year. He brings speed and power to an outfield that will likely lose Jose Bautista to free agency. He's expensive, but reports suggest the Padres will be paying a good chunk of his salary.

If you're curious as to why B.J. changed his name back to Melvin, B.J. stood for "Bossman Junior" as his father, Manny, was nicknamed "Bossman". Upton stated his desire to use his actual name was a result of teammates and fans knowing him as B. J. and feeling the name was irrelevant to him away from the ball diamond.

Now you know, the rest of the story.

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Daily Photo: Water at Dusk

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Retro Apartment Signage on Lake Shore

Along Lake Shore, in the west end of the city, there's a series of apartment complexes just east of RoyalYork that continue to sport their original signage. This retro signage dons names like "The Deauville", "The Eldorado" and "Cornell Manor".

Yesterday, I decided to snap a few pictures before these apartments are razed for pricey waterfront condos. (Don't panic, tenants... this hasn't been announced, I'm just looking into my crystal ball.)

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The Ultimate Toronto Morning Show (Early 90s Edition)

I stole this from John Gallagher's Facebook feed. It's a photo that appeared in the Toronto Sun in the early 90s.

In this picture you will see Brother Jake Edwards and John Gallagher from Q107's Q Morning Zoo, Marilyn Denis and Roger Ashby from CHUM-FM, Tom Rivers from 680 CFTR, Humble Howard from CFNY Mix 99.9 and Don Daynard from CHFI.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 184: Avery Haines

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 184In this 184th episode, Mike chats with Avery Haines about her sister's musical career, her controversial episode at CTV NewsNet, her years at CityTV and sharing her story of love following the shooting in Orlando. This episode is exactly 1:26:54.

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Open Mike

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Too. Much. Cuteness.

I'm a very lucky guy. I have four amazing children. My youngest, who is now four months old, is also going to be my last.

The next time I'm caring for a child this size, I'll be a grandfather, so I'm really trying to soak this in. Every day I'm blown away by just how adorable everything is at this stage. Sometimes, the cuteness is almost too much to bear.

When she's not sleeping or eating, she's smiling and cooing. That's her day: sleep, eat, smile and coo.

This is my fourth time enjoying this phase, but memories are a funny thing. I really only think of my kids as the age they are now. Currently, that means I'm an expert in raising a teenager, pre-teen, toddler and baby.

Variety, they say, is the spice of life. Like I said, I'm lucky.

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Garry Marshall, Dead at 81

Garry MarshallGarry Marshall was 81. He created such television shows as Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy and directed movies, including The Flamingo Kid and Pretty Woman.

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Keith Hampshire on OK Blue Jays

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I'm Not Going to Write About Donald Trump

I've yet to write a single word about Donald Trump's pusuit of the most powerful job in the world. To be honest, I kept waiting for common sense to prevail, but here we are....

The RNC is taking place in Cleveland this week, and it's what I'd have expected. Here's a nice synopsis from Daniel Dale, who knows a thing or two about covering populist candidates in pursuit of power.

I've gone this far without writing about Trump, and I'm not going to stop start now.

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Let's Talk About The Simpsons

It's hard to believe they're still making new episodes of The Simpsons. The Simpsons was my favourite show when I was a teenager. Those first six seasons were so good, I still revisit them often.

The first episode ever aired was "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", the Christmas episode where they get Santa's Little Helper. It's so old, it aired in the 80s. For me, it was love at first sight.

I own the first ten seasons on DVD and still watched on Sunday nights until about six years ago. These days, I prefer to do deep dives, usually after listening to an episode of Talking Simpsons, a podcast fellow Simpsons fans will love. We're currently revisiting season three which gave us such gems as "Flaming Moe's" and "Like Father, Like Clown."

As I watch these episodes I've seen dozens of times the past 27 years, I'm still amazed at the perfect blend of humour and sweetness struck by this cartoon. When The Simpsons got it right, the writing was on point, the acting was stellar the laughs were plentiful and the eyes were moist, and during the first six season, they almost always got it right.

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Although the show is now a shadow of its former self, I look forward to one day, as an old man, settling in to binge watch the many seasons I've missed. That, in a nutshell, is my exit strategy.

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Open Mike

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Toronto Argos Attendance Problem

I feel I need to preface this entry by stating I'm not a CFL-hater. I was at Pinball's last game, I took my son to see Ricky Williams and I generally root for the Argonauts' success. The fact is, my overall interest in both the CFL and NFL has waned over the past decade. I've learned I'm not really a football guy.

Periodically, as discussed on my podcast, someone will argue with me that the Argos are more popular in Toronto than the Raptors. Almost all evidence points to the opposite, and when I'd mention the fact the Argos struggle mightily at the gate, I'd always be told "wait until they're at BMO!".

Well, the Argos played their second regular season game at BMO Field last night in front of 12,373. Last August, when 14,748 attended a game at the dome, The Toronto Star wrote it was "the team’s smallest draw for a Rogers Centre regular-season game since 2003". The excuses for that 14,748 were plentiful, from a lack of marketing dollars to a transfer of ownership.

With an even smaller crowd last night at BMO Field, there are precisely three excuses being bandied about. The first is that it was a hot night, even though it was actually a pleasant temp at BMO Field, which is close to Lake Ontario. The second is that it was a Wednesday night. Funny, but the Raptors never had a problem selling out on Wednesday nights, and they play 41 regular season games at home vs. the Argos' 10. So let's focus on the third excuse, which is that Toronto doesn't particularly care for its CFL team.

I wish this wasn't true, and hoped the move to BMO Field would result in the buzz and attendence TFC enjoys, but 12,373 is a telling number. Afterall, it was only the second regular season game at BMO Field, and the excitement is already gone. And that number, 12,373, is less than the self-imposed Raptors cap on seasons tickets. That's right, there are more Raptors season ticket holders than there were people at the second ever regular season Argo game at BMO Field.

I was kindly offered passes to the first game at BMO Field, but had to decline to attend my son's graduation ceremony. I engaged the Argonauts PR person, suggesting that perhaps I take my kids to last night's game instead, so I could write about the experience here. By all accounts, it's a great venue for football. The response from the Argos left me rather dismayed.

The next time someone tells me Toronto prefers the Argos to the Raptors, I'm not even going to engage. It's not even close, and 12,373 for game number two speaks volumes.

Good luck, Argos. You have plenty of work ahead of you.

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Playing online real money games during the Canadian winter

Playing online real money games during the canadian winter is very popular today. In fact, many people in Canada will talk about how the climate of Canada and the fact that it is so cold there has managed to shape a good portion of Canadian culture and Canadian history. The famous Canadian love of hockey, for instance, is due to the fact that Canadian winters are so long and so cold that people are able to easily play ice hockey on the frozen lakes. Naturally, this is really only the case for rural Canadians, and this trend is starting to disappear in a world of mass indoor activities and supervised play. However, the establishment of the Canadian love of hockey has still managed to persist for a long time, and it all started as a result of the fact that Canada is very cold.

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Playing online real money games during the canadian winter is particularly entertaining at websites like the Vegas Palms Online Casino. People can expect one hundred and fifty free spins at the Vegas Palms online casino. They can also expect to get one hundred dollars or euros free at the Vegas Palms online casino. As such, a lot of people are going to get an initial boost when it comes to playing more online casino games there, which is great news for the people who have a lot of time to spare in the Canadian rural areas of the world.

It is no secret that a lot of people who live in rural areas sometimes have a difficult time keeping themselves occupied. There is always something to do in big cities that have a lot of people and that attract a lot of different businesses. This is just not the case with rural areas, at least to the same extent. Canada actually has a lot of rural areas, even though people do not always think of Canada that way. This is a nation that has thirty-five million people total, which is less than the total population of California. While people are not going to feel as if Canada is underpopulated when they live in a place like Toronto, in the majority of Canada, it is going to feel as if there is a lot of open space, which is certainly the impression that people might get when looking at most images of Canada.

Playing online real money games during the canadian winter is something that people can do whether they live just outside of Halifax in the country or whether they live in the bustling metropolis of Toronto. The Vegas Palms online casino has mobile casino gaming options for them, and people can play these games in any location wherever they want for as long as they want. People used to have to live near casinos in order to play casino games, and many people wouldn't want to go there during a snowstorm. People can go to the Vegas Palms online casino website as long as they have a solid Internet connection.

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The Tenors Anthem Modification Doubly Offensive

As a kid, I loved the MLB All-Star Game. As an adult, I can take it or leave it. Tonight, I decided to take it.

The Canadian national anthem was performed by The Tenors. I must admit, the whole tenor thing confuses me. I don't know if these are the original Tenors, the Canadian Tenors, or what. At this point, I feel bad for all Tenors everywhere who will be confused with the quartet I saw tonight.

You see, they wanted to make a racist statement, and they decided O Canada was the place to do it. They decided to alter the anthem's lyrics from "with glowing hearts we see thee rise/the True North strong and free" to "we're all brothers and sisters/all lives matter to the brave."

Seriously, they thought it was a good idea insert a terribly gross message into our national anthem. Here's footage:

This is really, really offensive. The "all lives matter" message truly pisses me off the way "straight pride parades", "white history month" and "men's day" advocates piss me off. The "all lives matter" statement has nothing to do with all lives mattering and everything to do with white lives mattering. Give me a break.

Of course, The Tenors are entitled to such an opinion, but how offensive is it to all Canadians that they'd insert it into O Canada? I'm still shocked it happened...

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Martin Streek Voiceover Work

On the heels of yesterday's martinstreek.com update, Blind Derek was kind enough to share with me a couple of ads he produced featuring Martin Streek.

Here's Martin Streek promoting a pub appearance at Mohawk College.

Here's Martin Streek promoting an appearance in Banff.

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martinstreek.com Update

Long time CFNY deejay Martin Streek passed away 7 years ago last week. Less than a year later, his website, www.martinstreek.com, lapsed and looked like this for the longest time.

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I can't tell you how much this bothered me. Actually, I can, and I did. On the one year anniversary of his death, I wrote about the long, frustrating, sad tale of www.martinstreek.com.

A few months of back and forth with the registrar/seller and we're at an impasse due to the unique circumstances of the situation. Overall, it's just a highly unethical, illegal situation that can't be fought without what seems like endless resources. martinstreek.com remains offline, without a tribute to Martin, and for that, I'm truly sorry.

Then, a few months ago, I received an email from Adam M letting me know www.martinstreek.com was available. I bought it immediately, before it once more fell into the wrong hands.

Currently, I have up links to eight hours of tribute audio I'm hosting, from David Marsden and 102.1 the Edge. I'm open to suggestions as to what should be there. If you have a suggestion as to how we can best honour Martin Streek's memory, please let me know in the comments or send me an email.

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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 183: Edward Keenan

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 183In this 183rd episode, Mike chats with Toronto Star journalist Edward Keenan about what's making waves in Toronto this summer. This episode is exactly 1:47:58.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 182: David Shoalts

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 182In this 182nd episode, Mike chats with Globe and Mail journalist David Shoalts about the changes at Rogers Hockey and what went wrong. This episode is exactly 1:55:06.

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The Last Days at The Toronto Star's Printing Plant

The Toronto Star is closing its printing press in Vaughan and will contract out printing operations to Transcontinental Printing.

The move to close the printing plant, which opened in 1992, will affect 220 full-time employees and 65 part-time staff.

In this video, photographer Todd Korol visits the Toronto Star's press plant for the last time and captures portraits of the people that worked there.

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Canada Day Open Mike

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