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Jaromir Jagr and the Sands of Time

Jaromir Jagr has cleared waivers and has been lent by the Calgary Flames to the HC Kladno in the Czech league. With Jagr's NHL career seemingly over, something has become true for the first time in my life...

I am now older than every player in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Heck, you can throw MLS and the CFL in for good measure. I've never been able to make this claim before, and going forward it will forever be true.

No matter how old I felt, I could always point to Jagr and say "he's older than me, and he's still playing in the NHL". It's the end of an era.

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Canadians to Reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Hits 49

With a hat tip to @1236 it seems Drake has another number one hit on his hands with God's Plan. God's Plan had a record on-demand streaming total in its first week, propelling the single to the #1 spot.

Here's the complete list of 49 songs performed by a Canadian citizen to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  1. It's Love-Love-Love by Guy Lombardo
  2. Cry by Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads
  3. Sh-Boom by The Crew-Cuts
  4. Diana by Paul Anka
  5. Lonely Boy by Paul Anka
  6. Theme from A Summer Place by Percy Faith
  7. Ringo by Lorne Greene
  8. American Woman / No Sugar Tonight by The Guess Who
  9. Heart of Gold by Neil Young
  10. Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks
  11. Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot
  12. (You're) Having My Baby by Paul Anka and Odia Coates
  13. Rock Me Gently by Andy Kim
  14. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  15. Hot Child In The City by Nick Gilder
  16. You Needed Me by Anne Murray
  17. Heaven by Bryan Adams
  18. When I'm With You by Sheriff
  19. Black Velvet by Alannah Myles
  20. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams
  21. Informer by Snow
  22. All for Love by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting
  23. The Power of Love by Céline Dion
  24. Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? by Bryan Adams
  25. Because You Loved Me by Céline Dion
  26. My Heart Will Go On by Céline Dion
  27. One Week by Barenaked Ladies
  28. I'm Your Angel by R. Kelly and Céline Dion
  29. How You Remind Me by Nickelback
  30. Bad Day by Daniel Powter
  31. Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
  32. Say It Right by Nelly Furtado
  33. Give It to Me by Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake
  34. Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
  35. What's My Name? by Rihanna featuring Drake
  36. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
  37. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
  38. Rude by MAGIC!
  39. Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd
  40. What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber
  41. The Hills by The Weeknd
  42. Sorry by Justin Bieber
  43. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
  44. Work by Rihanna Featuring Drake
  45. One Dance by Drake Featuring WizKid & Kyla
  46. Starboy by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk
  47. I'm the One by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne
  48. Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
  49. God's Plan by Drake

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Mort Walker, Dead at 94

Mort WalkerMort Walker was 94. He was the comic strip writer best known for creating the newspaper comic strips Beetle Bailey in 1950 and Hi and Lois in 1954.

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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 303: Diana Swain

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 303In this 303rd episode, Mike chats with CBC News' Senior Investigative journalist Diana Swain about competing for Miss Canada, co-anchoring with her estranged father in Winnipeg, filling in for Peter Mansbridge on The National and her new show, The Investigators with Diana Swain. This episode is exactly 1:47:36.

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Dave Hodge's Top 100 Songs of All-Time

Last week, I had one of those surreal moments that you can't believe is actually happening. Legendary sports broadcaster Dave Hodge visited my home and spent a couple of hours with me in my basement while he shared his 100 favourite songs of all-time. Yes, this actually happened, and I recorded the whole thing.

If you haven't heard that 302nd episode of Toronto Mike'd, I strongly urge you to click over and listen before you read the chart below. Not only does Dave list his top 100, but we play his top 10 and he shares tremendous stories as to why he loves the song. There's even a fun game built in where he gives us the first line of the song so we can guess it. As I said, it was wonderfully surreal.

Tyler, a big fan of these Kick Out the Jams! episodes, maintains a Google spreadsheet with everyone's top 10, and he meticuously assembled a list of Dave's top 100. Dave, however, had already emailed me his list, but by the time I told Tyler it was too late. Tyler did go the extra step of recording the release year and country, so I think him for that detail in the chart below.

Number Song Artist Year Country
100 The Bells of Rhymney Chris Hillman 2017 USA
99 Willin' Little Feat 1971 USA
98 Sultans Of Swing Dire Straits 1978 UK
97 Laying Down to Perish Alan Doyle 2015 Canada
96 From A Soon-To-Be Ghost Town Fruit Bats 2016 USA
95 To Live is to Fly Townes van Zandt 1971 USA
94 Strawberry Blonde Ron Sexsmith 1997 Canada
93 Keep the Car Running Arcade Fire 2007 Canada
92 What's the Frequency, Kenneth? R.E.M. 1994 USA
91 I'm Going To Stay That Way LeE HARVeY OsMOND 2008 Canada
90 Pride (in the Name of Love) U2 1984 Ireland
89 Tournament of Hearts The Weakerthans 2007 Canada
88 The House That Heaven Built Japandroids 2012 Canada
87 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley 1956 USA
86 American Pie Don McLean 1971 USA
85 High and Dry Frankie Lee 2015 USA
84 Teen Angst Cracker 1992 USA
83 Taxi Harry Chapin 1972 USA
82 Radio Girl Doug Paisley 2014 Canada
81 Runnin' Down a Dream Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1989 USA
80 Four Strong Winds Ian and Sylvia 1963 Canada
79 Pretzel Logic Steely Dan 1974 USA
78 All the Young Dudes Mott the Hoople 1972 UK
77 Outfit Jason Isbell 2012 USA
76 Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil 1987 Australia
75 Beginnings Chicago Transit Authority 1969 USA
74 Hallelujah Jeff Buckley 1994 USA
73 Werewolves of London Warren Zevon 1969 USA
72 Wild Horses Rolling Stones 1971 UK
71 16 Days Whiskeytown 1997 USA
70 I Can't Help Myself The Four Tops 1965 USA
69 Fortunate Son Credence Clearwater Revival 1969 USA
68 Lovers In a Dangerous Time Bruce Cockburn 1984 Canada
67 Live By the Song Blackie and the Rodeo Kings 2016 Canada
66 Scenes From an Italian Restaurant Billy Joel 1977 USA
65 I'm Shipping Up To Boston Dropkick Murphys 2005 USA
64 Archie, Marry Me Alvvays 2014 Canada
63 Urge For Going Tom Rush 1968 USA
62 Blue River Eric Andersen 1972 USA
61 Inside Out Crash Vegas 1989 Canada
60 Run On the Banks The Stanfields 2013 Canada
59 Plus Ones Okkervil River 2007 USA
58 Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks The National 2010 USA
57 Shout Bama Lama The Detroit Cobras 2001 USA
56 Pride and Joy Stevie Ray Vaughan 1983 USA
55 Everybody's Talkin' Fred Neil 1966 USA
54 Sleeping in Toronto Jim Bryson 2003 Canada
53 Cause Cheap Is How I Feel Cowboy Junkies 1990 Canada
52 Lovercall Danko Jones 2002 Canada
51 Chickamauga Uncle Tupelo 1993 USA
50 Tear Stained Eye Son Volt 1995 USA
49 Jolene Jeremy Fisher 2007 Canada
48 Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd 1974 USA
47 My Girl The Temptations 1965 USA
46 Spirits The Strumbellas 2016 Canada
45 Frankie's Gun The Felice Brothers 2007 USA
44 Back to Me Kathleen Edwards 2005 Canada
43 Oh My Sweet Carolina Ryan Adams 2000 USA
42 Depreston Courtney Barnett 2015 Australia
41 Escarpment Blues Sarah Harmer 2005 Canada
40 Fire and Rain James Taylor 1970 USA
39 When I Write My Master's Thesis John K. Samson 2012 Canada
38 Continental Breakfast Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile 2017 Australia/USA
37 Dancehall Domine The New Pornographers 2014 Canada
36 Hindsight The Long Winters 2006 USA
35 Bad to the Bone George Thorogood & The Destroyers 1982 USA
34 Two Angels The Jayhawks 1989 USA
33 Monster Hospital Metric 2005 Canada
32 Keep Your Hands To Yourself Georgia Satellites 1986 USA
31 Danko/Manuel Drive-by Truckers 2004 USA
30 Crazy Mary Pearl Jam 1993 USA
29 Down With the Shine Avett Brothers 2012 USA
28 Bridge to Nowhere Sam Roberts 2006 Canada
27 Wine Lips Lydia Loveless 2014 USA
26 Heroes David Bowie 1977 UK
25 Tall Tall Shadow Basia Bulat 2013 Canada
24 Without Again Elliott Brood 2008 Canada
23 Crescent City Lucinda Williams 1988 USA
22 No Hurry Terra Lightfoot 2015 Canada
21 Your Little Hoodrat Friend The Hold Steady 2005 USA
20 Hero Family of the Year 2012 USA
19 Cathy Skinny Lister 2014 UK
18 Pretty Pimpin' Kurt Vile 2015 USA
17 Red Eyes The War on Drugs 2014 USA
16 Try Blue Rodeo 1987 Canada
15 Born to Run Bruce Springsteen 1975 USA
14 Guitar Town Steve Earle 1986 USA
13 Come Summertime Justin Rutledge 2006 Canada
12 One Guitar Willie Nile 2010 USA
11 Powderfinger Neil Young 1979 Canada
10 Norwegian Wood The Beatles 1965 UK
9 I Still Believe Frank Turner 2011 UK
8 Don't Think Twice It's All Right Bob Dylan 1963 USA
7 Ahead By a Century The Tragically Hip 1996 Canada
6 Come to Light Arkells 2014 Canada
5 Sundown Gordon Lightfoot 1974 Canada
4 America Simon and Garfunkel 1968 USA
3 Jesus, Etc. Wilco 2002 USA
2 Through & Through & Through Joel Plaskett 2009 Canada
1 Changes Phil Ochs 1968 USA

This was Dave Hodge's second visit, and we're already planning his third. He's going to return to present songs 101-200. I can't wait.

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My Experience with PayTM Canada

When PayTM Canada reached out to me with interest in sponsoring my podcast, I had never heard of them. They seemed like great people, and had an office in Toronto, but if I was going to promote their bill payment app, I needed to actually use it myself. Yes, I eat my own dog food. I drink Great Lakes Beer, I ate Chefs Plate, and if I ever move again, I'll be calling PropertyintheSix.com.

Downloading the app from paytm.ca was as simple as it sounds (I use the Android version) and in no time I had created an account. The next test was to pay an actual bill.

To pay a bill, you need to connect a credit card or bank account. I'm a big fan of using my MasterCard as often as possible because I collect points I redeem at my local No Frills, so I connected that card. Then, I paid an $84 Toronto Hydro bill.

Because PayTM Canada had created a promocode for me (torontomike) I used that promocode for this payment and was gifted $10 from PayTM. So I was able to pay an $84 with only $74 coming out of my account. You can use this promocode as well if you like the idea of getting free money.

This first test was a complete success, and started paying all of my bills via my PayTM Canada app by using my MasterCard. You can even do this for services that don't typically accept credit card payment. But then, it came time to pay my MasterCard bill.

That's when I connected my bank account. That was slick, so I was able to pay that off within the PayTM app. Keep in mind, there's no service charge or convenience charge here, and there are lots of cashback incentives where PayTM gives you money for using their app. This month, for example, they're giving 2% cashback for any bill payment, for any amount and using any payment method.

Oh yes, and there's cashback when you buy gift cards and handy bill payment reminders... essentially, they've managed to make paying bills rather convenient, fun and rewarding.

I managed to test their support as well. I initially thought my promocode was supposed to be entered in the "referral code" part when I first installed the app, but that wouldn't take, so I opened a ticket and was promptly helped.

Yes, they're a sponsor, but all of the above actually happened. If you have any questions, fire away... and you can email me if that's easier for you.

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Happy 16th Birthday!

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Red Fisher, Dead at 91

Red FisherRed Fisher was 91. He was the sports journalist who covered the Montreal Canadiens for 58 years at the Montreal Star and Montreal Gazette.

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Open Mike

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 302: Dave Hodge Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 302In this 302nd episode, Dave Hodge names his 100 favourite songs of all-time. This episode is exactly 1:46:36.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 301: Gare Joyce Kicks Out the Jams!

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 301In this 301st episode, Mike chats with Sportsnet's Gare Joyce chat about his career as a sportswriter, novelist and stand-up comic before they play and discuss his ten favourite songs. This episode is exactly 1:46:50.

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Dolores O'Riordan, Dead at 46

Dolores O'RiordanDolores O'Riordan was 46. She was lead singer of the band The Cranberries best known for their hits "Dreams", "Linger", "Zombie", "Ode to My Family" and "Salvation".

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Keith Jackson, Dead at 89

Keith JacksonKeith Jackson was 89. He was the legendary college football announcer whose iconic "Whoa Nellie" catchphrase was a regular part of Saturdays for years.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 300

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 300In this 300th episode, Mike tells a story and shares clips from listeners like you. This episode is exactly 48:44.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 299: Matt Gurney

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 299In this 299th episode, Mike chats with Global News Radio 640 Toronto morning show co-host Matt Gurney about his years at the National Post, working with Supriya Dwivedi at 640, recent changes at the station and millennials. Matt also ranks the Star Wars movies and discusses his favourite song of all-time. This episode is exactly 2:18:22.

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Donnelly Rhodes, Dead at 80

Donnelly RhodesDonnelly Rhodes was 80. He was the actor best known for his roles as Sgt Nick Raitt on Sidestreet and Grant "Doc" Roberts on Danger Bay. He was also Dutch Leitner on Soap and Doctor Cottle on Battlestar Galactica.

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Things I've Learned On My Way to 300 Podcast Episodes

Last week, I borrowed an e-book from the library. It was called "Podcasting for Dummies" and had been recently updated, so I wanted to check in and see if I could learn a thing or two. As it turns out, having digitally produced podcasts for over a decade and having rolled my own for over five years has taught me an awful lot.

As with most things in life, you learn the most from trial and error. Throw yourself into it, get your hands dirty, and figure it out. In 2006, when I helped Humble and Fred put their first podcast episode online, there were no great resources out there. You read what you could find and dove in. By the end of the day, you were a much wiser man than when you awoke that morning.

I'm about to record the 300th episode of Toronto Mike'd. There are actually 10 episodes of Your Blog Sucks sitting in the XML feed that aren't canon, so I'm technically about to record my 309th episode, but that detail isn't important. If you're interested in starting your own podcast, here's what is important.

Content May Be King, But if it Sounds Like Shit, Nobody Will Listen

I am a big substance over style guy, but when it comes to audio, how it sounds is vital. People won't listen to a poorly recorded podcast. You can record an MP3 with a $15 USB mic, but that doesn't mean you should.

I took a "go big or go home" approach to the audio, which is ironically located in the basement of my home. With consultation by Andrew Stoakley, I purchased a Mackie professional mixer and three RØDE Procaster microphones. These mics aren't cheap. In total, I spent $1600 for the mixer, microphones, stands, headphones and cables. I've since added three boom swing arms bringing the total cost of recording hardware to well north of $2000, and this does not include the laptop!

I managed to get my hands on an old Macbook which is where I do the recording and play the musical elements on a soundboard. The soundboard was $50 and I've had to replace the Macbook's hard drive, but otherwise I've kept this particular expense in check. You should be able to run the mixer through any functional laptop, regardless of the operating system.

Good News! Audio Software is Powerful and Free!

Once your studio is set up and connected to a laptop (or desktop!), you need audio recording software. This software is where you do the actual recording, editing, processing and MP3 creation. I have great news on this front. The best software for this purpose is completely free and available for all operating systems. I highly recommend Audacity.

I didn't start out using Audacity, but at some point I made the switch and I'm very glad I did. Audacity just works and the price is right. It's a podcaster's best friend.

I Choose Not to Edit

The aforementioned "Podcasting for Dummies" I read last week had a big section on editing with examples of when you'd want to edit your podcast. I can honestly say after 300+ episodes I've never edited a word for any of those reasons.

To borrow an antiquated expression, I record "live to tape". It all unfolds as you hear it. I bring in the audio elements in real-time, fading as it happens via the mixer. Once a guest or two has kindly asked me to remove something they said because they felt it might compromise their severance, and once a journalist asked me to remove a section because it violated a judge's publication ban, and if specifics were uttered, like a phone number or specific home address, I might remove that, but that's it. Otherwise, I trim the dead air at the beginning and the end and my editing is complete.

I'm not saying you shouldn't edit your content, merely that I've chosen not to edit my content. The "live to tape" approach is more fun and saves me time I don't really have.

What's In a Bit Rate?

Once the episode is recorded, I export it to MP3 via Audacity. There are many options here, and I've tried a multitude of them when it comes to bit rate. For a while, I was heavily favouring quality instead of file size, but I've since compromised a bit and settled on 160kbps. When it comes to the bit rate that makes sense for you, trial and error is the only way to go. It will all come down to a compromise you can live with between quality and size.

ID3 Metadata Tags

Many will subscribe, many will play directly from the site, but others will choose to download the MP3 file and play it locally or on their mobile device. For those people, your MP3's ID3 metadata tags are important. And by important I mean it will be annoying as hell if you don't add them when you export the audio to MP3.

I like to add as much detail here as possible, including updating the episode name to include the episode number. When it comes to ID3 metadata tags, the best practice I recommend is "the more, the merrier". There are dozens of ways to listen to your podcast and you never know which method a listener prefers.

To the Cloud With Your MP3

Once you've generated an MP3 file, you need to get it from your computer to a publicly accessible web server. My episodes are hosted by a local company called ts2 but there are plenty of options. What you need depends on a few factors:

  • the size of your files
  • the popularity of your podcast
  • your budget

At the end of this long entry, you'll learn how I can hold your hand. Getting the file from your local computer to your web server is easy. I use a free FTP client called Filezilla.

XML

Some will call it RSS, and that's cool, but it's really an XML document that will serve as the heartbeat of your podcast syndication. It's what separates audio from a podcast. An MP3 file doesn't become a podcast until you add a valid XML file.

When you submit your podcast to aggregators like Apple Podcasts or Google Play Music, they will be most interested in the url for your XML file. When you update that XML file, it alerts subscribers that you have a new episode available. This is where you share such detail as:

  • episode name
  • episode description
  • episode length
  • publication date and time
  • MP3 size
  • MP3 url
  • podcast name
  • podcast author

XML is very strict with little to no forgiveness for even the slightest error. Just yesterday I typed in 2017 instead of 2018 and broke the whole thing. In my humble opinion, this is most intimidating part of the podcast chain, but if you know the rules and follow them, it doesn't need to be scary. Heck, I've updated my XML file over 300 times and it remains perfectly valid. You can see it now at http://www.torontomike.com/torontomiked.xml. If I can do it, you can do it.

Of course, I have made mistakes, so here are a few tips I've learned along the way.

  • Do not publish your new XML file until the MP3 has finished uploading
  • Before you publish, eyeball your code - it's better to catch your typos and errors before it's uploaded to the web
  • When in doubt about XML protocol, Google it

Again, don't let XML frighten you. There are services you can buy that will auto-create one, but you lose a great deal of control going that route and it's much less fun. I highly recommend you write and maintain your own XML file, and again, I'm an expert who can help.

Your Podcast Needs a Home on the Web

With your XML submitted to Apple and Google and Stitcher and the other popular podcast aggregators, subscribers will be able to find your podcast. I'm here to tell you a big podcasting secret. Many will listen without ever subscribing to your feed!

Your podcast needs a home on the web that you maintain and control. For my podcast, that's http://www.torontomike.com/podcast/. I post every episode there, complete with an HTML5 audio player so people can click play and hear the episode. This is also convenient for those who prefer to download the MP3. It's your podcast's home on the web that you control and it's where you can link people, regardless of how they consume their podcasts.

Awareness is the Toughest Part

Many podcasters are broadcasters you know from radio and/or television, or writers you've read in the paper or magazines. In other words, they're already famous. For these people, awareness is a great deal easier.

But what about the rest of us? If you're not already famous from radio, television or elsewhere, how do you make people aware you have a podcast so they can check it out? This is very difficult, especially if you don't have a marketing budget.

I promote my podcast on my blog and via Twitter. Of course, that's merely speaking to your existing audience and doesn't do much to grow the base. In my experience, there's only one way to vastly increase download numbers and increase awareness that you have a podcast worthy of sampling. You have to create good content and stick with it for years. People love to tell their friends and family about the great indie podcast they've discovered.

On that note, let's close with the most important detail of all...

Content Really Is King

Your podcast can sound great and be around for years with new episodes posted every week, but if it sucks, nobody will want to listen. Considering a listener has to truly want to listen in order to hear a podcast, the content is more than key. It really is king.

The good news is you don't have to hit a home run your first at bat, so long as you continually improve. Hopefully, if it's compelling content, you'll find your voice by episode 100 and will be truly grooving by episode 200. Keep learning, keep improving, and keep at it. Listen to your episodes critically and work at improving the quality every time you press record.

If you're interested in starting a podcast, either for yourself or a corporate podcast, tell me about it. I'd like to help. I've broken so many eggs you can feast on omelettes until you're stuffed.

Thanks for giving Toronto Mike'd a spin. If you've yet to take the plunge, you can cherry pick an episode here. Happy podcasting!

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Jerry Van Dyke, Dead at 86

Jerry Van DykeJerry Van Dyke was 86. He was the actor best known for his appearances on his older brother's sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show and as Luther Van Dam on Coach.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 298: Elliott Price

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 298In this 298th episode, Mike chats with Fan 590 morning show co-host Elliott Price about calling Expos games, working in Montreal sports radio, rolling his own and getting the call to move to Toronto. This episode is exactly 2:00:18.

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Open Mike

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DeMar DeRozan Scored 52 Points in a Game and I Was Not There

DeMar DeRozan had a hell of a game last night against the Milwaukee Bucks. When it was all said and done, he had 52 points, a new Raptors record.

It's worth noting I watched on television and did not attend this game. That's a key detail because I was in attendance for both Vince Carter's 51 point game in 2000 and Terrence Ross's 51 point game in 2014. That coincidence led to some interesting math.

If (at the time of Terrence Ross's 51)
- Probability of 50+ points Raptors = 2/1,600
- I'd gone to 12 games out of the 1,600
- And everything is independent (not necessarily true but probably good enough)

Then out of 1,000,000 simulations of 12 games, then probability
- 0/12 games with 50+ is 98.50%
- 1/12 game with 50+ is 1.50%
- 2/12 games with 50+ is 0.0045% (ie. if 1,000,000 people independently went to 12 games, only 45 would see both 50+ games)

So, there was a 0.0045% chance of that happening. Although now that DeRozan has the new record, I suppose none of it matters.

Although DeRozan did require overtime to set the record...

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