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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 248: Ziggy Lorenc

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 248In this 248th episode, Mike chats with Ziggy Lorenc about her many years working for Moses at City-TV, MuchMusic and Zoomer. This episode is exactly 1:13:45.

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Dave Semenko, Dead at 59

Dave SemenkoDave Semenko was 59. He had 65 goals, 88 assists and 1,175 penalty minutes in 575 NHL games with Edmonton, Hartford and Toronto. He won two Stanley Cups with the Oilers and is best remembered as Wayne Gretzky's on-ice bodyguard.

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Pro-line vs. Sports Interaction

Pro-Line and Sports Interaction are both online betting sites where you can place bets on sports. The real question is which one is better? Surprisingly players are still playing at Pro-line and it’s not even close to being as good as an online sportsbook like Sports Interaction.

 

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North American sports

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MMA

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Motor Racing

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Golf

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Casino

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Live Casino

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Poker

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Navigation

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Languages

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Sport Select

Sport Select is the company behind Pro-Line and they have different branding throughout Canada. They are known as Pro-Line in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, Mise-O-Jeu in Quebec and Sports Action in British Columbia and sometimes referred to as Oddset.

Game & Odds Comparison

Checking a MLB baseball game between Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays on Wed July 26th, 2017 we get some discrepancies in payouts.

Odds

Sports Interaction

Pro-Line

Baltimore Over

+9.0 2.00

+9.5 1.75

Tampa Bay Under

+9.0 1.83

+9.5 1.65

First of all, Pro-Line pays out less on the over/under but wait! It gets worse, Pro-Line don’t even tell you what the over/under amount is and you have to click to add to your betting slip to only realize it’s over/under by 9.5 which is a half run more than Sports Interaction. If you ask any sharp sports bettor they’ll tell you this will cost you. You’re getting nearly 50% more payout on Sports Interaction AND you don’t have to mess this up into a 6 bet parlay which is only going to compound the odds against you.

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More prop bets at Sports Interaction

Ok if the terrible odds weren’t good enough for you, it gets worse as you have really little to bet on for this game at Pro-Line and you have to dump this into a 6 game parlay which essentially grinds your money away into thin air. At Sports Interaction for this game you have simply more options to bet on including 50 different betting props:

  1. Runline
  2. Moneyline
  3. Over/Under
  4. First team to score
  5. Total runs in any inning
  6. Half-time / full-time result
  7. Winning margin
  8. Last team to score
  9. Odd/Even game total

If you ask players that regularly bet on sports, they’ll tell you they like sites where they can bet on anything they want like the coin toss in soccer, first team to score, half time results and prop bets too. If ThePOGG.com were to rate Pro-Line as a sportsbook they would get low markets for selection of betting markets and having the worst odds found online.

Controversy of odds by Pro-Line

From the Wikipedia entry on Sport Select.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_Select

In recent years, Sport Select has come under increasingly heavy criticism from Canadian gamblers due to the poor odds it offers (from the gambler's perspective). A private bookmaker licensed in the United Kingdom or Nevada generally maintains an overround (or "vig") of about 110%, meaning the bookmaker can expect to pay out $100 for every $110 that is wagered. In Canada, however, the overround for an individual match in Sport Select odds often exceeds 130%. To make matters worse for the bettor, the parlay requirement compounds the overround - the actual vigorish is a minimum of 160% but can climb to well over 300% (if six selections are made). In jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom where genuine compeititon is allowed, bookies often pay bonuses for winning parlay bets to help offset the compounded vig. Sport Select does not.

Forced Parlays on Pro-Line

Apparently it’s against the law to allow betting on a single sporting event but for some stupid reason it’s ok when it’s combined into a 6 game parlay. This makes no sense and at least explains why Pro-Line has their rules. Since they own a virtual monopoly in Canada, they are able to give out the worst payouts and it really gives players a bigger incentive to find other online sportsbooks that do accept Canadian players. You’d think that players are betting so much on sports and all this revenue is generating taxes so why not make it a bit fair for players?

Players speakout about Pro-Line on social media #prolinesucks

Just checking the hashtag of #proline isn’t good enough, you need to go further to find what players really think about Pro-Line and their true emotion shine through, might contain some NSFW language.

Leave a comment and tell us what you think about Pro-Line.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 247: Siobhan Morris Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 247In this 247th episode, Mike and Siobhan play and discuss her ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:07:00.

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Trillium Park and the William G. Davis Trail at Ontario Place

Last week, I rode east on the Waterfront Trail to check out the newly opened Trillium Park and the William G. Davis Trail at Ontario Place.

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This was once a private parking lot. I hope that has Joni Mitchell smiling. They tore down a parking lot and built paradise: 7.5 acres of public green space on the waterfront.

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If you're wondering where exactly you'll find Trillium Park, it's just west of Inukshuk Park at Ontario Place Blvd. It's great for walking, biking or just chilling out by the water.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 246: Bob Mackowycz

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 246In this 246th episode, Mike chats with Bob Mackowycz, Jr. about his dad, his relationships with Marek and Strombo, his years at Off the Record, CBC Radio 2, TSN 1050, his health struggles and his new podcast with Matthew Cauz. This episode is exactly 1:44:16.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 245: 12:36

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 245In this 245th episode, Mike chats with Marc Weisblott of 12:36 about the current state of the media in Canada. This episode is exactly 2:03:45.

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How surfing can teach you a lot about business

Picking up a surfboard for the first time is, in many ways, like the beginning of a venture into the world of business. As you feel the sand at your feet and look into the sea, you dream of catching the biggest waves. However, you must first master the basics. In surfing terms, that means putting on one of your wetsuits, lying down on your board and learning to paddle.

Paddling on your board is like starting out in business

In the same way that you must learn to crawl before you walk, you must learn to paddle before surfing. It's the same in business – you need to get up and running before becoming preoccupied with thoughts of making your first million. As you begin to paddle, you realise that becoming a decent surfer could take a while.

Not only are you quite some distance from catching a wave, you're not even close to standing up on your board. In the early stages of your business, you will encounter similar hurdles. The strategy that you were convinced would make you rich fast is going to take some perseverance. You'll have to get your message out there, build contacts and make sure your limited resources stretch far.

Swimming against the tide is tough

Your task just got harder. You might think to yourself – 'How am I supposed to paddle against the tide?' The temptation to throw the towel in is overpowering, but you've worked too hard to give up on your vision.

In a courageous moment, you stand up and catch a wave

Brilliant! It finally feels as though you've made it. You found the right moment to stand up on your board and caught a wave in that split-second. In business parlance, it's the equivalent of making your first big sale. The dream is alive.

But you fall back down within seconds

All great business people have "fallen off their board" at some stage. Whether that means sales don't match projections or an important contract is reneged upon, disappointments are a guarantee. But the setbacks will strengthen your resolve to get back up on that board.

You feel like you're back at square one

Before you know it, you're paddling again. You feel as though you're back where you started, but you're not. The experience you have gained will steady you for the next time you stand up and catch a wave.

You're back on your feet

You've been building the relationships, putting in the hours, making the right decisions and, before you know it, boom! You've landed a major contract that will secure your company's future. It's the equivalent of standing up on your board and majestically riding a combination of waves. You may eventually fall back down. When you do, though, hopefully, it won't be too painful.

That's business in a nutshell. Sometimes you're riding the crest of a wave, other times you're struggling to stay above water. It's the paddling in between that makes all the difference.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 244: Fred Penner

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 244In this 244th episode, Mike chats with Fred Penner about The Cat Came Back, Fred Penner's Place, Tipi Tales, Hear the Music and more. This episode is exactly 45:03.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 243: Mike Wilner Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 243In this 243rd episode, Mike and Mike Wilner play and discuss Wilner's ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:20:05.

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Daily Photo: Happy Father's Day

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 242: Elvis

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 242In this 242nd episode, Mike catches up with Elvis. This episode is exactly 1:29:34.

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Don Matthews, Dead at 77

Don MatthewsDon Matthews was 77. He was the head coach who won 231 games in the CFL, the second highest win total by a head coach in the league's history. He coached our Toronto Argonauts in 1990, from 1996-1998 and again in 2008, winning two Grey Cups.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 241: Mark Hebscher Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 241In this 241st episode, Mike and Mark Hebscher play and discuss Mark's ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:21:33.

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Sid the Kid

The first time I wrote about Sidney Crosby was October 6, 2003. He was tearing it up with the Rimouski Oceanic as a 16-year old and I had just read a quote from Wayne Gretzky claiming he was the most talented prospect he'd seen since Mario Lemieux. That got my attention.

I closed that entry with "No pressure...." After all, he was only sixteen, and all hockey eyes were affixed upon The Next One. The Leafs had a 1.92% chance of drafting Crosby, but Pittsburgh won the lottery. I remember being relieved that it wasn't a team I disliked. In fact, thanks to Mario, I actually liked the Penguins.

Sidney Crosby is now 29 years old. Last night, I watched him win the Stanley Cup for the third time. He won the Conn Smythe trophy for the second year in a row. Along with his three cups, he's won two Olympic Gold medals, a World Cup and even a World Championship. The World Championship might not mean a whole lot, but it makes him the only person to captain a team to gold in the big three tournaments. All Sid does is win.

And by all accounts, Sid's work ethic is second-to-none. He trains and competes harder than anyone else on the ice, despite being the most talented player in the world. In my opinion, Wayne Gretzky was exactly right. Crosby is the best player since Lemieux.

And I still think he's underrated.

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The Ongoing History of New Music Podcast

One of the best podcasts is a show you likely already know and love. The Ongoing History of New Music, hosted by Alan Cross (hear his episode of Toronto Mike'd here), has been heard on CFNY (and other Corus radio stations) for almost 25 years. Ok, it went on hiatus for a while when they let Cross go in 2011, but it returned in 2014 and is still in production.

The Ongoing History of New Music has also been available as a podcast these past few months. I've been listening to it and it's the exact same show you hear on the radio with one exception. Instead of playing the whole song, they play a small portion. How small seems to depend on the episode.... the recent episode about Pearl Jam included about 20 seconds of each song but the Beastie Boys episode contained significantly shorter samples. Nevertheless, all the non-musical content is there, and that's the key to the program.

The editing for the podcast is being done by Rob Johnston and I chatted with him about when older episodes will find their way to the archive. He tells me he typically puts the podcast up on the Wednesday after it airs on the stations and he's getting to older shows as he finds time. Rob, by the way, was my guest for episode 159 of Toronto Mike'd.

So when you're sampling new podcasts this summer, you might want to subscribe to an old favourite. Search for Ongoing History of New Music in your podcatcher of choice.

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Adam West, Dead at 88

Adam WestAdam West was 88. He was the actor best known as the star of the 1960s hit TV series Batman. Most recently he was the mayor of Quahog on Family Guy.

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Glenne Headly, Dead at 62

Glenne HeadlyGlenne Headly was 62. She was the movie and television actress best known for her roles in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dick Tracy, Mr. Holland's Opus and Lonesome Dove, for which she won an Emmy.

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Open Mike

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Toronto Radio Ratings: Sizing up the Battles

I used to enjoy looking at Toronto's radio ratings. Then, I got fed up with the entire process. Who is carrying these PPM devices? Stations target a specific demographic, but regular folk like me can't access these figures. With so little data available, and so much skepticism, I just stopped looking.

Having said all that, I thought it might be fun to look at some Toronto radio competitors to see who's winning the PPM battle in Toronto. Keep in mind, I only have the numbers for all adults 12 and over, but since we're looking at stations chasing the same (or similar) demo, it should give us an idea as to who's winning.

These share percentages are for February 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017 and are courtesy of Numeris.

The sports radio battle

The Fan 590 - 3.2%
TSN Radio 1050 - 0.8%

The new rock battle

102.1 the Edge - 2.3%
Indie88 - 1.4%

The older guy battle

boom 97.3 - 8.9%
Q107 - 5.7%

The younger peeps pop station battle

99-9 Virgin Radio - 5.6%
Kiss 92.5 - 3.4%

The older peeps pop station battle

CHFI - 11.4%
CHUM-FM - 8.7%

The talk station battle

Newstalk 1010 - 6.7%
AM 640 - 1.7%

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 240: Hugh Burrill

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 240In this 240th episode, Mike chats with The Fan 590 morning show host Hugh Burrill about his years at CityTV, Rogers Sportsnet and The Fan 590. This episode is exactly 1:31:45.

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Ontario Health Care Centre

A court has recently disapproved of the kind of health care of offered at Ontario Health care centre. The therapeutic programs offered have been said to be torture to the patients. Justice Paul Perell’s judgement came after a report that patients were being mistreated. Evidence showed that patients were forced to take drugs and they were deprived of sleep. This together with the physical restraints were tortures that were experienced at the clinic.

Two doctors at the psychiatric hospital claimed that the health programs fell outside the statute of limitation and as such could not be subject to court proceedings. However, Perill dismissed such claims. This is actually different from playing online casino games. Players are valued and treated with care and respect. For instance, online casinos such as Australia online casino are still looking for ways to improve services provided to their valued customers.

None of the lawyers who were involved in the case were ready to respond to questions. The premises where the tortures took place was identified. The doctors who administered these mental health programs were mentioned. They included Doctor Elliot Thompson Barker and Doctor Gary Meir. They were also named as plaintiffs in the law suit.

One of the health programs included Defense Disruptive Therapy called DDT. This involved forcing patients hallucinogenic and beryllium producing drugs which were meant to break down patients. These were also to break down the patient’s defense mechanism and force them to confront their abnormal behavior. The other health program was called The Motivation, Attitude Participation program. This involved forcing patients to complete 14 days of perfect behavior. With this program, patients had to adhere to authorized rules on talking and movement.

The other health program required patients to sit on the bare floor only allowing them to move 4 times in four hours. Patients were confined to a space three square feet in size. Patients who were failing to comply were sedated or placed in solitary confinement.

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Daily Photo: Sheldon Lookout

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