Open Yer Damn Mike

Open MikeI took the kids to see The Amazing Spider-Man last night. It was great, and we all loved it. Sometimes, reboots work.


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Sam in Pickering

The Aurora, Colorado shooting puts our problems into perspective.

On the evil scale their shooting is worse than your little block party scuttlebutt. A guy deliberately threw tear gas and shot as many movie watchers as possible.

It doesn't get more premeditated and evil than that.

July 20, 2012 @ 9:42 AM

Lyle Lanley

Not exactly the marketing hype the Batman folks were looking for. Completely tragic all around.

July 20, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

Embarrassed Toronto Resident

Rob Ford embarrasses me. We in Toronto are better than this.

Watch him dodge a very fair question about the community grants he voted against that are now helping the community affected by the Danzig shooting.


Where's the accountability?

For shame, Rob Ford. For shame... you embarrass us all.

July 20, 2012 @ 10:18 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Embarrassed Toronto Resident

I had to shorten your link with a little HTML b/c the long links mess up the formatting of this page.

I live in Toronto, and Rob Ford embarrasses me as well. As a friend of mine tweeted yesterday, he equates immigrants with criminals. That's how he really feels about immigrants and the underprivileged in this city. He's not just embarrassing, he's dangerous.

We need a viable and sensible candidate for the next mayoral race so we can rid ourselves of this man once and for all. Who will step up?

July 20, 2012 @ 10:29 AM

Mississauga Phil

Toronto Mike for Mayor??

July 20, 2012 @ 10:58 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Mississauga Phil

Let's think bigger. :)

July 20, 2012 @ 10:58 AM


And to think Toronto passed over the opportunity to elect John Tory as Mayor.

July 20, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

Ryan G

So I've sort of kept a running mental note on jackass drivers over the last few years.

You know them.

The douchebags who are up your ass. The idiots who feel the need to dodge in and out of traffic to get a measly few hundred yards ahead. The morons who cut you off without signalling.

And perhaps it's just a coincidence, but in nearly every situation this has happened in, the driver has been in either a BMW, a Mercedes or some other high end car.

So I started thinking of all the people I've ever known in my life who had similar cars.

99% of the time they've been the type of guys I just don't really want to know. They tend to be arrogant, self-centred, boorish, loose cannon fuck-wads.

So if you own one of these vehicles and you're a good gal or fella, thank you.

We need you to positively represent your community by not acting like you own the goddamn road.

And if you are one of these people I describe? I'm sorry for your lack of penis, but don't take it out on the rest of us.

That is all.

July 20, 2012 @ 11:16 AM

Mississauga Phil

...Mississauga Phil for Mayor??? (I've seen a pic of you and I'm guessing I've got about 20 lbs on you...that's bigger!!!)

Seriously, I wish Saul Korman was 20 years younger. He's clearly got good business sense, great connections and a clear love of Toronto. Most importantly, he cares about people...very philanthorpic guy.

July 20, 2012 @ 11:16 AM


The Mayor issue won't be easily solved. The only presumed "Mayor in waiting" is Adam Vaughan and he is as reckless as Ford. They are both so far on each side of the spectrum that you'd think they comic book characters.

I don't think there is a viable candidate on the current city council to run for the job.

I like John Tory but he is still a little too pro big business. But of all the people that may run or have run, he is the best of the choices by far. But he'd never run against Ford.

July 20, 2012 @ 11:40 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


We need someone to step up. Someone smart, someone reasonable, someone who can work council to get consensus and move this great city forward.

But at this point, just about anyone is better than Rob Ford. I just read this:

He's not only not smart enough for the job, he seems to think all non-white people are immigrants and should be kicked out of the city. NIMBY!

July 20, 2012 @ 11:47 AM

4x4 Time

The next Toronto election should contain some core issue referundums that citizens of Toronto vote on. Transit Strategy,Affordable Housing Strategy, etc.

Then, the city should hire the best candidate to execute the citizens wishes, and councillors would have no choice but to play along.

The candidate would be someone who is a good negotiator, a leader who can get people to work together and be a respected face and front man for the city.

I would suggest Pinball Clemons.

July 20, 2012 @ 1:34 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ 4X4 - Seconded - Pinball would make a great mayor

July 20, 2012 @ 1:43 PM


I really don’t get what Ford was thinking when he said those things. You can’t even give him the benefit of the doubt; his comments don’t make any sense. I would love someone to explain what he means to me. Ban people from living in the city? Focus it on immigration? He didn’t even know who handled it in Ottawa. Why would you go on the radio and make these sweeping comments without researching it first? He sounds like one of those midnight tin-foil wearing callers.

July 20, 2012 @ 1:59 PM

Irvine (but not really)

BLAHBLAHBLAh YOu guys are all so smart....blahblahblah..everyewhere is better than toronto and you people deserve what you get...blahblahblah living on an island...blahblahblah

...last time, i promise....luv Mississauga Phil

July 20, 2012 @ 2:27 PM


Was Spiderman any good?

July 20, 2012 @ 4:07 PM


Well, George Smitherman would have made a much better mayor. I voted for him and my personal trainer voted for him. Anyway, too bad not enough people voted for him.
Grocery Gateway really does suck. I'm so sick of something or other always being out of stock. It changes all the time, but there is always something they don't bring. They say there will be a new store with everything in one location coming soon, but I'll believe it when I see it. Sure wish there was a better place that delivered groceries.

July 20, 2012 @ 4:51 PM


It sure was a DARK KNIGHT in Colorado last night & the suspect is a post grad medical student. Go figure.

WTF is this world coming to, with crime, weather change (too hot).

This movie will either suffer at the box office or be the highest grossing film of all time


July 20, 2012 @ 7:21 PM


I really enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man...watched it twice.

The 3D was decent as well and I usually hate 3D.

July 20, 2012 @ 8:49 PM


Any Scarborough folks here? Used to go the Scarborough Town Centre a fair amount when I was younger, and I was always fascinated by the hot air balloons in the middle of the mall. Are they still there?

July 20, 2012 @ 8:51 PM


@Ryan G, when they finally get by hold up your pinky finger so they can see. You just don't understand how they see themselves.

July 20, 2012 @ 9:17 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Yeah, we loved Spider-Man. I thought it was as good as the Raimi version, if not a little better. I was very pleased.

July 20, 2012 @ 9:54 PM


I think the Jays should trade Lawrie. He is too volatile and they can get something really good back in return.

Yan Gomes is better anyway.

July 20, 2012 @ 11:05 PM


I'm not a movie buff or a baseball buff. Bring on hockey. Let's hope there's no hockey strike this season. There was talk about it and I dreaded the 2003-2004 season when there was no hockey at all. That sucked.

July 21, 2012 @ 9:49 AM


@Irvine, BLAH BLAH BLAH, Alberta is better than Ontario. BLAH BLAH BLAH I moved out west so that makes me smarter than all you Ontarions. BLAH BLAH BLAH everyone on thus blog is responsible for Rob Ford. GFY...

July 21, 2012 @ 11:26 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


That, of course, wasn't the real Irvine.

July 21, 2012 @ 12:25 PM


Another 3 shootings last night in Toronto & a car with 2 occupants shot found in your neighborhood Mike at Jane & Blew Her.

I bet 2 or 3 more tonight - over or under??

July 21, 2012 @ 12:42 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Andrew, my daughter had mentioned this as I didn't see it in the paper this morning. Sad reality is if the community doesn't help the police, it is never going to be resolved.
Ford is definitely struggling with the point he is trying to get across, he has got to fins some middle ground in his thinking, shooting from the lip when he was a councillor was forgiveable but now it is a bit embarrassing, and I thought in the beginning he was on the right track.
Sorry we won't give up Pinball out here (not sure where he lives now but he was an Oakville resident and his daughter played on my daughters soccer team about 8-10 years ago. He definitely would be the man for the job, he is truly a wonderful person and thinks with his heart.

July 21, 2012 @ 1:20 PM


@Rick C - Pinball was in my office a couple of years ago as part of the Argos' efforts to build support/get businesses to buy tickets. Nobody in our office bought in. It probably had something to do with one in the office being a former Hamilton Tiger-Cat. At the time, he was a resident of Oakville; not sure about now.

Frankly, I think Pinball is too nice a guy to be burdened with the job of Mayor of Toronto. He doesn't need the crap that he would have to put up with on a regular basis. He's much better as the leader of a real, established team that unquestionably has a common goal in winning the team game. There is no "I" in team, but there are two in politics. Rather fitting, if you ask me. The genus of the word politic is the Latin "poli", meaning "multi"; "tic" is "face". No wonder most people hate politicians.

July 21, 2012 @ 2:50 PM


Time for something that should bring a smile to the face:

Two guys are trying to get in a quick 18 holes, but there are two terrible female golfers in front of them hitting the ball everywhere but where it's supposed to go. The first guy says, "Why don't you go over and ask if we can play through?" The second guy gets about halfway there and comes back, then tells his buddy, "One of them is my wife, and the other one is my mistress." The first guy says, "That could be a problem. I'll go over." He gets about half way there and comes back. The second guy asks what's wrong. The first guy replies, "Small world!"

July 21, 2012 @ 2:52 PM


Instead of Pinball running for mayor, he has so much admiration with ALL Toronto people & should be a Knight in Shining Amour should be an ambassador for all youth in Toronto.

July 21, 2012 @ 2:56 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Nice one Douglas LOL.
The rivalry of the Ti Cats and the Argos is quite the divide for sure. We didn't have a football team here when my son was 12-13 so we were able to get him enrolled to play in East Hamilton, his home field was right by the LakePort brewery. At one game I had mentioned about Pinball and what a great Guy he really was, (the other parents knew where we were from and were absolutely great people) it became a running bit, that I was from the east and was an Argo lover. Took a few for the Argonauts at the annual Labour day game, which the Argos lost that year.

July 21, 2012 @ 3:44 PM

Blind Dave

I lived in Toronto for 15 years and remember the rivalry well. But now I live in Saskatchewan. The intensity and passion out here is unbelievable. Nothing in the rest of Canada (for CFL) compares to it.

July 21, 2012 @ 4:18 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Blind Dave, is the rivalry with Edmonton or Calgary? Or am I off base and it's with the Blue Bombers?

July 21, 2012 @ 6:15 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Forgot to add on a previous post, what an awesome band that Humble and Fred had on the Thursday show, Nero Zero. The acoustic version of Story of the End was beyond belief.

July 21, 2012 @ 6:18 PM

Blind Dave

@Rick C in Oakville

It's Winnipeg, mostly due to the Banjo Bowl, played in the rematch after the Labour Day Classic. I think it was Troy Westwood who called Sask folks banjo-picking inbreds, or something like that. So it just sort of took off from there.

Roughrider fans are hard core, and found all across the country. The province doesn't have any of the 4 pro sports teams, so Rider Pride is HUGE here. On game days, the cities are a sea of green shirts. I saw a buddy of mine last Saturday at the store where he works, and the staff are allowed to wear a Rider shirt on game days in lieu of the standard uniform. That's how popular it is here.

July 21, 2012 @ 7:15 PM


Mike, I saw a car on the 401 today with plates that were "Mr. YYZ". Was that you? :)

July 22, 2012 @ 12:20 AM


I'm still up from enjoying a great game in Hamilton, where the Ti-Cats beat the hated Alouettes 39-24. It was definitely an exciting game in many ways. For a Ti-Cat fan, the only thing better than beating the Als is beating the rival Argos - which they did last Saturday. I enjoyed that one, too. It helps that I have good seats, but the atmosphere at Ivor Wynne Stadium is great for watching a game. There really aren't any bad seats at Ivor Wynne. Conversely, I don't think there are any good seats at SkyDomeRogers Centre for football. The CFL field is too far away from the seats. Just how far away is the much smaller NFL field when the Bills are in town? But I digress...

Rivalries. There is nothing like a Saskatchewan Roughriders fan. The rivalry with Winnipeg was always there, but it intensified as Blind Dave noted, Troy Westwood spokes up one year. Calgary - Edmonton is another good rivalry in the CFL (and NHL.) Rider fans are everywhere. To my right at Ivor Wynne for the season opener was a section of mostly Rider green. One of these days, I will see a game in Regina (the toughest CFL ticket to get). I want to experience that atmosphere. That, and 60,000+ at Commonwealth Stadium for an Eskimos game.

The Ti-Cats and Argos have a rivalry, too, at least at the team level. There were hardly any Argo fans at Ivor Wynne last week. Then again, the Argos play in Toronto, where there aren't many fans for any team that does not wear blue and white and skates. I'd put money on there being more Ti-Cats fans going to Toronto to watch their team than Argos fans going to Hamilton. Pity that Toronto is not more like Saskatchewan when it comes to sports.

Me? I'm a CFL fan. (For those unaware, the CFL is our national football league.) I "blame" my love of Canadian football on growing up in western Canada, seeing my first Eskimos game at Clarke Stadium at the age of seven and then many games at Winnipeg Stadium when my family moved there. Driving "normally", about an hour and a half after tonight's game in Hamilton, including dropping off a friend at 401 and Avenue Road, I was home in Ajax to walk my dog. The timing getting home was about the same as seeing a game in Toronto, only I had a much more enjoyable experience in Hamilton. That's not even considering the delicious, reasonably priced southern BBQ/rib dinner before the game.

July 22, 2012 @ 1:08 AM

Blind Dave


Great post - that really puts the Canadian game into perspective.

I grew up just north of Toronto in the 60s and 70s, long before TV had its specialty channels and endless sports coverage. As I recall, we got two games on Sunday, usually an east game followed by a west game, with the west game shortly interrupted by a Sunday roast dinner.

I spent those afternoons with my Dad, who was a big CFL fan, and he had very little time for the American game. So I was initiated at an early age and grew up appreciating "our" game. And while I do like American football, I still find the CFL far more entertaining.

July 22, 2012 @ 12:48 PM


Check out the headline from the Sunday Sun today on the front page.

31 shot in 22 days.

CFL is more entertaining.

July 22, 2012 @ 2:14 PM


We must not rest until Tom Cheek gets his long-overdue Ford C. Frick Award and Pat Burns gets elected to the HHOF.

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!

July 22, 2012 @ 6:58 PM


thought of the day:

8 weeks ( 2months ) left of Summer
22 weeks ( 5 1/2 months )left till the end of 2011
Christmas will be here before we know it!
scary how time is flying too quickly these days...

July 22, 2012 @ 8:01 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Jacki - you're right, time does seem to be flying.

It seems to me that it took forever to get to 20. Now I'm 30 and I swear I was just 20 yesterday...

July 23, 2012 @ 8:10 AM


Spider man is my favorite of all superheros and I was a huge fan of the Sam Rami triolgy however the current version is more favored by me as it stays true to more of the comic book adaptation. Peter Parker in the comics was always a smart ass and this new kid pulls it off. Toby made Peter look vulnerable at times. This version shows how he gets his skills and senses where in the older versions he had to create them himself. I can't wait to see more.

August 19, 2012 @ 11:51 PM

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