Olympics Edition Open Mike

Open MikeMy nephew's birthday party is tomorrow and my daughter's is Sunday. They're both turning 8. By the age of 8, John Updike wrote his first story, which began: "The tribe of Bum-Bums looked very solemn as they sat around their cosy cave fire."

Oh... and the Olympics begin this afternoon. I'm hoping they put Wayne Gretzky back in that pick-up truck.


Surely you know the deal by now. Write about anything you want, and if you have a question, I'll drop by throughout the day to answer you.

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I predict Muhammad Ali plays a major role in tonight's proceedings.

And maybe Mick Jagger.

July 27, 2012 @ 9:13 AM


I'm very curious to know who will light the cauldron. I guess it's a stretch to hope that it's JK Rowling? Get it? Cauldron = Wizards = Harry Potter?!

July 27, 2012 @ 9:30 AM


Seeing as the Brits and the IOC are so politically correct, I expect they'll get the only female, visible minority, lesbian, muslim who happens to be confined to a wheelchair to light the cauldron.

July 27, 2012 @ 11:14 AM


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July 27, 2012 @ 11:14 AM

Lyle Lanley

I'll bet the cauldron is lit by a member of the royal family.

The Queen?
Prince William?
Princess Kate?

Or, Will and Kate together.

July 27, 2012 @ 11:35 AM

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Since we're predicting, I'm going with Sir Roger Bannister.

July 27, 2012 @ 11:38 AM


@Mike, yes, that's likely who will get the call.

July 27, 2012 @ 11:49 AM

Ryan G

I presume none of you here have handed over any kind of cheque to the multi-tiered organization responsible for coordinating these large scale elite-level athletic events taking place in London, England, UK.

As such, you're all being sued for using or making a reference to the "O" word without being an official sponsor, partner or affiliate.

I myself would also risk persecution by writing this note but am exempt since I am taking advantage of a regulatory loophole wherein I concoct this posting while a cue-ball is secured firmly in my mouth and I am locked inside a large semi-opaque plastic bubble in a partially disabled rowboat under a rural bridge in Vietnam.

Thank you.

July 27, 2012 @ 1:52 PM

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@Ryan G is absolutely correct.

I don't have the legal right to use this logo:

Which is and will be littered throughout http://www.torontomike.com/olympics/ .

July 27, 2012 @ 1:57 PM


I wish Bell would stop sending me stuff. I no longer have Bell, but they sent me some more junk mail. They want me to go back to them. Well, Primus is better than Bell any day and if you don't have Primus yet, you should switch to Primus. Primus is the best and I sure wish I made the change a lot sooner.

July 27, 2012 @ 4:22 PM

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I wish Rogers would stop calling me to review my services.

I resent the money I spend on my mobile phone and cable tv, and if I didn't enjoy live sports so damn much, I'd cancel the latter in a heartbeat.

July 27, 2012 @ 4:25 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Probably a member of the Royal family will light the Cauldron, my prediction.
Hey Mike you look great, heard you on Humble and Fred and happen to see the promo tonight. You got to get fitting clothes, I ran into the same problem a few years ago, lost 35 pounds and tried to wear the same stuff, and everyone started asking if i was ill because it just hung off of me. Went and got some properly fitting stuff, and everyone started with the "Man you look great " stuff.

July 27, 2012 @ 7:06 PM

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@Rick C in Oakville

You're absolutely right. I currently don't own a pair of pants that fit because they were 34 waist. And all my shirts make me look sick, and not in the good way.

Before I go to Amsterdam in a week, I have to buy new clothes.

July 27, 2012 @ 7:15 PM

Blind Dave

@Toronto Mike

I have to block SaskTel on our home phone because they keep bugging us for more services. That's kinda funny; using their own blocking feature to block them. :)

We also had to tell Royal Bank to stop phoning upwards of 4-5 times per day, and they did agree. The lady at the bank apologized and admitted they have been getting way too aggressive lately. That was insane. Between two kids and us, we have 4 debit cards plus a business card. We had to have ALL the cards put on the "don't pester me" list.

July 27, 2012 @ 7:38 PM


The industrial age steamrolls the greenery, scorches the earth, smokes up the air, enslaves the population, and finally rains fiery death down upon all who laboured to raise it.

Hurray, London? :|

July 27, 2012 @ 10:10 PM


Yes Lorne, life was much better pre-industrial.Don't you just wish you had a time machine? (end of sarcasm)

July 27, 2012 @ 11:04 PM


Opening ceremonies for Olympics today, Just my thoughts.

TOO LONG & OVERDONE, trying to outdo previous.

Great to see Muhammad Ali there & disappointed with Paul McCartney's performance. With a lot of history of music, they should have had McCartney, Jagger, Bowie & either Roger Waters or David Gilmour do final tribute all together.

Roger Bannister, was he even mentioned??

The Queen - just a figurehead who all of England loves. Time to give up your monarchy.

When I think of the Queen I remember Freddie Mercury as he was it.

July 28, 2012 @ 12:12 AM

Dave Williams

Mike, what is your take on the $6 billion + dollar cost to stage the world largest excercise festival aka the Olympic games.
The main legacy that the games seem to leave the host nation seems to be a lingering debt.
As well, the sports that we as fans only seem to gain an audience on every four years resemble everyday exercises eg, swimming, speed walking and running.

July 28, 2012 @ 8:50 AM

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@Dave Williams

I'm split on this. I can certainly see why you wouldn't want to host the Olympics, but two years ago I was envious of what was happening in Vancouver. Part of me thinks it would be great fun to host the world's biggest party.

As for the Olympic sports, I'll watch them all. I love this shit. I'm watching a road bike race right now and I don't even watch the Tour de France. Most of these sports I won't watch again for four years, but during the Olympics I love 'em.

Go Canada Go!

July 28, 2012 @ 9:43 AM


I love the Olympics. So many horrible things in this world, it is nice to have an event every two years that is huge party celebrating human achievements in sport. A time when all countries are on the same stage just having a good time.

July 28, 2012 @ 10:44 AM


@Corey: If you go by the opening ceremonies, there was no "before". We all just sprouted from a tree.

I'm not saying things are/were better. I'm just pointing out the opening ceremonies had sort of the opposite message. What they wanted: look at the lush countryside of the UK. Now we all join forces to forge the rings of the olympics together.

What it actually looked like: Here's the lush countryside of the UK. Now, one douchbag industrialist comes along, razes it to the ground, errects smoke-bellowing factories, enslaves the peasants. Now ashen and soot covered, they risk life and limb in the boiling hot foundries, all to create an artifact for him that when complete, blots out their sky and it rains a shower of fiery, molten sparks down upon the hapless countryside.

That was an-- interesting-- message.

July 28, 2012 @ 10:49 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Am I the only one out there that doesn't really care about the olympics?

I'm with Rogers and they've also called me a few times to see if I was happy with my services, and see if I wanted to renew my contract for an other 3 years, which I'm not interested in right now, kinda digging the month to month thing, and this way if something better comes along I can switch over.

I deal with Royal Bank and they've really been good about not calling, but Scotia Bank on the other hand is a different story. Last year they drove me nuts trying to sell me their life insurance. Had to ask twice to be put on the do not call list. I also do not have a landline, so I really got annoyed with them calling me especially in the day time.

July 28, 2012 @ 11:38 AM

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@Jason from Sudbury

I'm sure you're not alone, but I've loved the Olympics since 1984. I'm a sucker for sporting events like this, even though the crass commercialism can be difficult to stomach.

I, too, have limited weekday daytime minutes on my mobile, so getting the calls from the companies Rogers pays to check in on me are not only annoying, but a waste of these valuable minutes.

July 28, 2012 @ 11:43 AM


Wow. Okay, I know this is superficial, but remember when our athletes were the envy of the world with the Roots designed outfits? Everyone had to have one of those poorboy/berets, etc.?

Last night, wearing those khakis and zippered jackets, our athletes looked like employees from Microsoft out on a day trip. Brutal.

July 28, 2012 @ 12:05 PM

Blind Dave

@Jason from Sudbury

You never have to be alone, my friend...

The olympics do absolutely nothing for me either, yet I do enjoy watching some sports. I just think the whole thing is a ridiculous, overblown, waste of time.

Partly I think it's that I'm not much of a ceremonies fan, with lights, music, and endless talking and introductions. As an example, I'm a hockey nut. But don't waste my time. Drop the puck and play the game. I don't care about the extra-curricular activities.

July 28, 2012 @ 12:17 PM


Began watching the coverage today and I can't get passed how fn sexy Catroina Lemay Doan is!!! Thank God not having a clue about broadcasting does not preclude her from being on tv. She referred to one of our gymnasts as the "only Canadian on the Canadian gymnastics team"....say what??? Let's b honest though....when u r that fn sexy, who gives a shit what u got to say.

July 28, 2012 @ 12:47 PM


Hello -

I've read your blog for a while but never made a post. I'm a Torontonian living and working in London for the last 6 years and I've had the amazing opportunity to contribute (in a small way) to the Olympic project. While I think Toronto's failed bid for the 2008 Olympics was the best thing that ever happened to the city, the 2012 games will be the best thing that ever could have happened to London. The site, and neighbouring areas, has been - or will be - completely regenerated by the local investment. Let's face it - seven years ago this derelict site was seething with contamination and garbage. To see it's transformation to the Park it is today - and the neighbourhoods it will be tomorrow - is incredible. Over the last six years these two plans have been drawn up side by side.

The second reason for hosting this Olympics is not just the sporting event itself, but showing that Britain is great place for outside investment. Over the next two weeks the UK Trade in Investment department is holding over 30 high-level conferences to pull investment back into the country - in fact, their target is to draw in twice as much investment as what was put into the Games. Not many people know about this aspect, but it should be more widely shouted.

OK, that's my piece. I've been looking forward to this for so long, and I'm incredibly proud everyone has pulled it out of the bag.

July 28, 2012 @ 12:53 PM

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You should comment more often.

July 28, 2012 @ 1:45 PM

Sam from England

I was actually in the industrial revolution section as one of the miners coming down the hill. However it looked on tv, it was an unbelievable experience being there.I've had an amazing few months and am not quite sure what to do with all my time now.

July 28, 2012 @ 2:39 PM


A little off topic. Is Buck Martinez the worst play by play man in baseball or what? Also, how come I can't stream The Fan 590 radio feed and listen to Jerry and Alan?

July 28, 2012 @ 2:49 PM

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@Sam from England

Good job!


MLB won't let 590 stream during games. They want you to buy an MLB audio package.

July 28, 2012 @ 3:00 PM

Joe Jackson

@ Tim: I agree 100%

Buck is bad, but Tabler is badder!!(sic) I turn the sound off, listen to Jerry and Allan, work on a crossword or read etc., and if anything exciting happens, will look up and see the time delayed video. Great way to experience the game without those 2 fixating on every pitch!!!

Grew up following baseball on the radio from CKEY 590 with Joe Crysdale and Hal Kelly. (Toronto Maple Leafs AAA). The theatre of the mind is still great.

July 28, 2012 @ 5:42 PM


I agree. The Olympics don't do anything for me either, but I'm a hockey nut, but hate ceremonies before a game. If the game schedule says a 7:00 p.m. start, I want it to start on time at 7:00 p.m. I hate ceremonies no matter what they are for and especially if I don't know anything about them before the game. Well, Scotiabank used to call me tons as well and they charge stupid fees for going over a certain amount of transactions. I switched most of my stuff to Ing Direct which is much better, no bank fees and they don't call a lot. The only things I have with Scotiabank now are my Visa and my RDSP which is registered disability savings plan, and if ING had those, I would move them over. You really should switch to Primus for your phone. Believe me, it's $74.64 for phone and internet combined if your phone is on the internet. They also do have cellphones but I don't have one of those. You don't need Bell or Rogers if you have Primus. With Bell, Sympatico was down lots of times. Primus has only been down twice that I can remember. Primus has great technical support as well. Get Primus and you'll be glad you did.

July 28, 2012 @ 6:08 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Not sure if we have Primus in Sudbury, I've got Eastlink though and I'm happy with it. And I have no need for a landline. Had one, but never used it so why bother paying for something I'm not going to use.

July 28, 2012 @ 7:26 PM

Joe Jackson

@ Jason:

Have Eastlink here in Listowel. Excellent package with phone, internet and HD package.

BTW, Eastlink charges 5 cents a minute for long distance calls. I have never used it, instead subscribe to keepcalling.ca for 1 cent a minute. (1.5 cents to the States.) There is an access number, but no big deal. I spend approx. $20 a year on long distance. Great deal, I think.

July 28, 2012 @ 9:04 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@ Jason. Try Magic Jack, especially if you need to call all your contacts by long distance.
As for the Olympics, it may make the locals forget about the crappy economy for 2 weeks, but then when the hangover has lifted and you got to pay the bills, it will be an awakening.
Just ask Barcelona, and Greece what the long term costs have amounted to.

July 28, 2012 @ 11:12 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@Rick C:
I've always wondered about Magic Jack. Been hearing the comercials on tv for ever now. How do you like it? Also, how's the sound quality?

July 28, 2012 @ 11:19 PM


I have Magic Jack for long distance as Primus does charge 5 cents a minute for long distance as well and a friend of mine encouraged me to get Magic Jack for long distance. Only $20.00 for unlimited long distance a year. That's good. Anywawy, the sound quality is good. I don't have any land lines. Primus and Magic Jack are both through the internet.

July 29, 2012 @ 9:53 AM


Amanda makes some terrific points, so yes, please post more often if you wish to. But as Rick C mentioned, sooner or later the bills will pile up, so hopefully London will have revenues that will exceed expenses.

My connection with London is that my parents were both from West Ham, and I've had the opportunity to gt over there twice. They came to Canada in 1947, one year before the last London Olympics.

July 29, 2012 @ 1:00 PM


Looks like I'm in the minority here when it comes to being a spectator of the Olympics. I love it.

I don't understand how this is not the ultimate competition for anyone who is a sports fan. This is not about millionaires who care more about money or their image than they do their sport. It's also not about coasting through a game half way through the season.

The Olympics are about people who train for 4 years to get their one chance at being their best.

Love it!

July 30, 2012 @ 8:41 AM


@Boomer - while I agree with you and love watching the Olympics, your reasoning is a little shaky. Athletes like Usain Bolt andichael Phelps (among others) are already multi-millionaires thanks to the Olympics.

July 30, 2012 @ 5:32 PM


@Corey, - Understood, but for the most part the athletes are there to compete.

A few of them will become household names due to the Olympics and get some corporate endorsements and good for them.

July 30, 2012 @ 11:19 PM

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