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New David Bowie album is okay, but I'm not crazy about it. Maybe it's a grower.


March 22, 2013 @ 9:38 AM


I'm a grower, not a shower.

No shame in it... no women would ever complain, but makes you look like less of a man in the change room.

March 22, 2013 @ 9:40 AM

dizi izle

Why be a shower to impress all the guys when you can be a grower and impress all the gals?

Unless you're gay... in which case you'll be a grower to impress all the guys...

March 22, 2013 @ 10:13 AM


I'd really like to see a Pursuit of Happiness box set. Their album "Love Junk" was released 25 years ago and in honour of that anniversary the box set should be called "Love Box".

March 22, 2013 @ 10:22 AM

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That would be cool.

I follow Moe Berg on Twitter. I'll let him know bout the suggestion!

March 22, 2013 @ 10:35 AM


This shit weather in March makes up for last year when we were wearing shorts in March.

March 22, 2013 @ 10:37 AM

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And did someone mention Bowie?

March 22, 2013 @ 10:38 AM


I don't like David Bowie. Bob Seger is millions of times better. He has a much better voice. Well, how about those Habs. They won 5 to 2. Guess who scored two goals, the best, PK Subban. Habs are in first place and PK Subban is the best.

Yes, this weather sucks. I want to do some thing outside, play tennis, get to try out my new ball and glove to see if I like playing baseball better than watching it. I want to do all those things, but we get snow. I mean come on. It's long enough. I want spring.

March 22, 2013 @ 11:05 AM


Heh love it.

I saw Pursuit of Happiness's reunion show at Lee's Palace ... which apparently was like seven years ago. Crazy.

I felt like I was the only person there under the age of 40, but they were just so fucking good. I'd love to see them play again.

March 22, 2013 @ 11:06 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Cheryl - I much prefer Bowie over Seger.

Oh, and Metallica's version of "Turn The Page" kick Segers ass....

March 22, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

Lyle Lanley


Quick... who is more talented a musician?

Bob Seger or Bob Dylan?

Bob Segar or Beethoven?

Bob Segar or PK Subban?

March 22, 2013 @ 11:16 AM

Cheryl's Trainer

Phil's right. Metallica's was way better.

Oh, and seriously, Smitherman is a tool.....

March 22, 2013 @ 11:18 AM


Mike, tell us what happened with Alan Cross's podcast.

On Humble and Fred, Alan Cross told them he was interested in being on their network, recording in their studio. There was even talk of Kelly Cutrara co-hosting and everyone got all excited.

Next thing we know, you're writing about Alan Cross's new podcast and it has nothing to do with Humble and Fred, their network or their studio. It's like they lost the gig.

How did it all go south?

March 22, 2013 @ 11:19 AM

Not Not Dean


If you're going for a swim, it's best not to carry an anchor with you.

March 22, 2013 @ 11:26 AM


I've decided to give my thoughts a la Cheryl style:

I hope Louisville wins - I like their uniforms. I hope the leafs make the playoffs. I don't care about the Blue Jays anymore because Rogers and 590 are killing me with their promotion of this team. Enough already!!! My neighbor is a big fan of Man U fan so I will now cheer for them in the Premier League. I like U2 but not Coldplay - they suck. I like apples - only the red ones, not the green ones. I like almonds but they don't like me. That is all.... for now.

March 22, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

Amy Farrah Fowler

I have noticed that Sarah Thomson has become werry werry quiet for many days now.Do ya think that just maybe she was outright lying about Mayor Rob Ford grabbing her ass?? Hummm...
How about that, a story that maybe,perhaps was not 100% accurate yet MUCH of the media types reported it and made judgment, like it was the stone cold truth. Hummm

March 22, 2013 @ 11:32 AM



It sounds like Alan just went in a different direction than he anticipated. The podcast he's doing sounds more like an opportunity came up.

That said, I don't know why he'd have ever bothered using their studio. He has his own.

March 22, 2013 @ 11:33 AM



The silence is deafening from the Sarah camp.

March 22, 2013 @ 11:40 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - love it!

March 22, 2013 @ 11:46 AM


Heading to Germany for a few weeks at the end of April. I can't wait to take in a few Bundesliga matches!

March 22, 2013 @ 11:47 AM

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Where in Germany are you headed?

March 22, 2013 @ 11:48 AM


@Mike I'll be in Hamburg. I hope to get down to Berlin again while I'm there. I absolutely love that city. So much history.

I know you've been to Berlin and Frankfurt. Have you visited anywhere else in Germany Mike? Any hidden gems in Berlin?

March 22, 2013 @ 11:51 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Yes, I've been to Berlin and Frankfurt, but that's it as far as Germany is concerned. I do want to see Hamburg and Munich, though. Munich looks pretty awesome.

I didn't really get far enough off the beaten path to discover hidden gems in Berlin. There's lots to see, though:

March 22, 2013 @ 11:53 AM

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I don't have a scoop for ya. I'll ask the guys for an official statement, though.

He likely had a few options and chose one that was better for him.

March 22, 2013 @ 11:55 AM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

I've decided to give my thoughts Argie style,
For the record, I'm tired of these Cheryl-Trainer debates/arguments. I've lost interest in defending Cheryl, mainly because of these frequent attacks against her. I really dont care.

I've also lost interest in defending Cheryl because she does seem to comment on certain topics where the sad, lonely, losers on this site can poke fun at her. She's an easy target for the weak-minded who frequent this site.

that was fun......

March 22, 2013 @ 11:59 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I love all apples... in fact, I've got a nice bunch of Granny Smith apples right now that are big and juicy.

I eat an apple a day.

March 22, 2013 @ 12:41 PM


March Madness is overrated.

March 22, 2013 @ 2:44 PM


I actually think March Madness is underrated.

Game after game that matters. Win or go home. Buzzer beaters, upsets and one champion at the end of it all.


March 22, 2013 @ 2:56 PM

Blind Dave

We have some guy our here in SK who predicts the weather by reading pig spleens. Back in January he predicted we'd get walloped at the end of March. He was right, unfortunately.

We have had, including a minor bit of melting, SIX FEET of snow this winter. It might be closer to seven by the time it's all done. :(

March 22, 2013 @ 3:19 PM

Ryan G

Need vay k stat.

So, I'm heading to Aruba in April. Anyone have any tips re: excursions and such?

March 22, 2013 @ 3:22 PM

4x4 Time

In NYC earlier this week for meetings and had our regular lunch Tuesday at Cafe Habana. Seating is community style tables, and this big tall guys asks if he can have a seat at our table. He takes off his hat and glasses and it is Tim Robbins.

We start shooting the shit, tell him were we are from and he starts giving us a raving review of R.A. Dickey and Jose Reyes.

Turns out he is a Mets fan, and then he starts talking hockey non stop. I wanted to ask him about Shawshank Redemption but we ran out of time.Nice guy.

March 22, 2013 @ 3:48 PM

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@4x4 Time

Great story. I love it when celebrities are down-to-earth cool people instead of pretentious jerks.

I always heard Robbins was a big Rangers fan.

March 22, 2013 @ 3:51 PM



Did you ask him what he was doing with Sarandon all those years?

Shawshank is in my top 10.

March 22, 2013 @ 3:55 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Yes March Madness is definitely over rated.

March 22, 2013 @ 4:49 PM

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I like March Madness in that I'll watch games led by Canadians, with an interesting storyline or games that are close.

I'm watching Cincinnati vs. Creighton right now and it's pretty entertaining. Now imagine two full days of that. That's March Madness.

But don't get me wrong, during the Leafs game last night, March Madness took a back seat.

March 22, 2013 @ 4:54 PM


How can Cheryl play tennis and baseball if she is blind.

March 22, 2013 @ 5:34 PM


Has anyone else noticed that The Fan....or Sportsnet Radio has become a 24 hour Blue Jays station. I can't even listen to it anymore.

I guess Rogers has to find a way to get back all the money they spent.

March 22, 2013 @ 6:14 PM


@ everyone

Subject Cheryl on this Open Mike seems to be the "master of disaster".
It's not fair for her to "see" comments as above even though her entries are always same YADA YADA YADA.

Mike you should invite her to your podcast - It probably would be a blast & most listened to.

March 22, 2013 @ 6:17 PM

Blind Dave


Hey, there's a lot of promise to this Jays season, more so than it's been in a long, long time. I can hardly blame them for that kind of focus. If the Leafs had a high-end team (snicker), they'd be doing the same thing with hockey. Lets face it, T.O. has sucked dirt with sports teams for a VERY long time.

I just clicked off McCown and Brunt (time to go home). They did baseball for maybe two hours, then they did hockey for 30 minutes, and now they are queuing up basketball.

Still a reasonable timeline considering the time of year.

Please note: the above calculations DO NOT include mind-numbing commercial time.

March 22, 2013 @ 6:32 PM


@ Blind Dave

I agree with you about the promise and excitment and it is certainly part of it, but I still think this has a little more to do with getting back the money they spent while hoping the team does well.

I don't want to hear about the Jays till opening day now. Talk about overkill.

March 22, 2013 @ 6:50 PM

Max Grunt

Who is the "hunchback" that H&F accuse of posting here?

March 22, 2013 @ 7:05 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Listened to Allan Cross's podcasts today. Really well done and the neat thing is they post up pics of the album art etc. of what they are talking about during the show. Unfortunately, I was driving and have an Ipod nano that makes the visual about the size of a postage stamp, and with my receding eye sight and hairline, I would need to upgrade to a full fledged Ipod to enjoy it. Audio is good enough for me, as I could never time his radio spots, now I can listen when ever the time allows.
I suspect having his own studio in Oakville, would save him a lot of commuting down to H&F's studio, why bother when you don't need to.

March 22, 2013 @ 8:38 PM


@Blind Dave

I just got back from Regina and today, here in the GTA, felt like I was in the tropics. You are all from hardy stock. When they say "drifting on the highway....." My finger marks will be forever embedded in that rental steering wheel.

March 22, 2013 @ 10:20 PM


Okay okay. I have my opinions. I am blind, but my trainer throws the ball and I hit it. As for baseball, I don't know what it would be like. I haven't played it yet. It's all because winter is lingering on. That's what is happening. I really can't stand Bob Dylan. His voice just gets to me. bob Seger is so good. I never heard Metallica sing Turn the Page yet, but I'm sure I won't like it. Nobody sings it like Bob Seger. Bob Seger is so good. He has a great voice. He will live for a long time yet. I just know he will. My Suns lost last night so that was no good at all. As for the podcasts and me being on one, I'm going to say no for now. I don't know what I would do on it. I have no experience and then I would have to figure out how to get there. I probably wouldn't even get paid either. If I was going to get paid, then I would have second thoughts about it. I say no for now and I have a perfect right to say no for now.

March 23, 2013 @ 8:14 AM

Freddie P.

@ Toronto - sorry, no scandal to report. Alan was thinking about getting into the podcast thing and we offered up our studio for free. We want to support the podcast community and Alan is a good friend and former colleague. In the end, Alan decided it was more convenient for he and Michael to do it elsewhere and that's great, because all that matters is that the podcast gets out there.
@Not Not Dean - You're really gonna be pissed in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

March 23, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

4x4 Time

@markosaar - I hear you on the Bowie record, I was expecting a lot more. I will spin a few more times.

March 23, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

4x4 Time

@markosaar - I hear you on the Bowie record, I was expecting a lot more. I will spin a few more times.

March 23, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

4x4 Time

@markosaar - I hear you on the Bowie record, I was expecting a lot more. I will spin a few more times.

March 23, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

4x4 Time

Sorry, not sure what I did for the 3 posts.

March 23, 2013 @ 11:12 AM


Edler - 2 games?
Nash - not even a minor?
Shanny and the NHL are a joke.

March 23, 2013 @ 1:35 PM


Just watched the video of Nash hit.
Unbelievable no penalty call.
Shanny has been a joke this week.

March 23, 2013 @ 1:52 PM


Shanny has been a joke after he was turned in to the NHL board of governors puppet a month or so in to the first season he took over. Just like Colin Campbell was. There is definitely a double stander if your are a star player on a big market team in the NHL. They cant afford the Rangers not to make the playoff this year it would hurt the ratings even more.
Remember when Shanahan started he was handing out suspension to everyone that deserved one and the number of games actually fit the punishment. Didn't matter where you played.

March 23, 2013 @ 2:37 PM

Blind Dave

@Ben Vidal

Here's the music review:

Oh, I should say I am coming up on 50 and pretty much enjoy anything except rap and hip-hop. I love the harder edge like AC/DC and Poison, and I also enjoy indie/alternative rock. Throw in a bit of jazz and blues on occasion and I have a fairly well-rounded collection.

Mike has introduced me to Lowest of the Low and Beautiful South/Housemarlins and I love them. Someone else offered up Japandroids and "House That Heaven Built" is a great song to get the blood flowing in the morning.

I played Imagine Dragons and Young The Giant at work and will keep them. I've had Kings of Leon for awhile and I like them too.

Lumineers will have to grow on me, as they didn't catch my fancy on the first listen. Same for Soundgarden, though there's one or two songs from previous albums I don't mind.

March 23, 2013 @ 3:06 PM

Blind Dave


Yeah, it's been wild lately. I was out with my dad-in-law the other day, and when we parked, we couldn't even see the car across from us in the parking lot!

My area has had 6 feet + of snow this winter, and it snowed the last two or three days as well. We still have temps in the single minus for another week at least.

Oh well, it'll be hot enough to fry an egg fairly soon...

March 23, 2013 @ 3:09 PM


Anyone else catch the story about the losers who manage to piss their $10.5 million lotto win away in 9 years?
You know how hard you would have to work to hit that dubious achievement? $97,000 PER MONTH, every month, for 9 years. Wouldn't you think that after even 3 or 4 years of ridiculous spending, they would have paused and had a look at where things were at? Sickening.

March 23, 2013 @ 3:52 PM


Anyone else catch the story about the losers who manage to piss their $10.5 million lotto win away in 9 years?
You know how hard you would have to work to hit that dubious achievement? $97,000 PER MONTH, every month, for 9 years. Wouldn't you think that after even 3 or 4 years of ridiculous spending, they would have paused and had a look at where things were at? Sickening.

March 23, 2013 @ 3:54 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Corey. Saw this earlier this week also, have to commend the lady for publishing her story as it would be humiliating. Not the first to piss away their winnings, and definitely not the last. Now if I could only have a crack at spending $97,000 per month, just for a year, that would be one hell of an experience!

March 23, 2013 @ 4:09 PM


It doesn't say it in the story, but apparently with all that money she actually took out a 350m $ mortgage on a house that she is still paying for. Go figure??

March 23, 2013 @ 4:23 PM

4x4 Time

Just pulled a 18LB Pork Shoulder I have been cooking on my Green Egg since 4:00a. Looks terrific, making pizza with it and pulled pork natchos tonight..

March 23, 2013 @ 4:43 PM

4x4 Time

Just pulled a 18LB Pork Shoulder I have been cooking on my Green Egg since 4:00a. Looks terrific, making pizza with it and pulled pork natchos tonight..

March 23, 2013 @ 4:43 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@4x$ Time, I'll bring the beer!

March 23, 2013 @ 5:28 PM


@Speysidephil - it does mention the house. They had a $350,000 mortgage, and have since lost it too. They live in a rented apartment. Go figure indeed.

March 23, 2013 @ 6:18 PM


Fred, we've all grown tired of your false claims and promises. Why can't you be honest?

No matter how you spin it Fred you are no longer as successful as you were 10 years ago. You create a podcast that less than 1000 people download. That podcast is aired in time slots where there is a marginal or non existent audience. More people would post that information but we all sign agreements to not post BBM data or risk legal action. In fact your podcast is aired on CFRB 1010, a station you once attacked & demonized. You told us how wonderful Rogers was but you're no longer on Rogers.

Why don't you just be honest with us? You do a great job at stretching the truth. I don't know Not Not Dean but their observations appear to be accurate.

March 23, 2013 @ 9:43 PM


So, what did I tell you about Gonzaga?

March 23, 2013 @ 11:47 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


You're right, but you understand why I adopted them. How could I not?

And now I'll root for Michigan. :)

March 23, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

Max Grunt

Shhh... the only interesting thing about H&F now is all the bragging and backstabbing. Take that away and you've got a dull show.

March 24, 2013 @ 7:24 AM


My Habs lost last night and the Leafs won so that was not a good night. It sucked big time. My Habs outshot the Sabres and the Sabres still won anyway. No good at all.

Well, it better warm up soon, that's for sure. I'm tired of winter big time.

March 24, 2013 @ 8:07 AM

Dave Williams

@KRUZin, define success. Fred seems happy doing what he wants on his terms. To me that makes him very successful.

March 24, 2013 @ 10:41 AM


Just listened to the latest "She's So Young" podcast - just LOVED it. In fact, couldn't love these podcasts more. Wish they were longer! So sweet and honest. Does a heart good, that's for sure. This kid is going places. Thank you, Michelle!

March 24, 2013 @ 12:39 PM


I think Wiarton Willie deserves a good kick right in the NUTS.

March 24, 2013 @ 1:01 PM


@4X4 Time - do I need one of these Green Egg things?

March 24, 2013 @ 2:30 PM

4x4 Time

@Elvis - If you dig charcoal cooks, then for sure you need an EGG. Smoker, low cook, high cook, whatever you need.

March 24, 2013 @ 3:46 PM


@4X4 Time - giddy-up!

March 24, 2013 @ 6:39 PM

519 Rob

A few thoughts...
-Seger's Turn The Page is MUCH superior to Metallica. I can't stand how Hetfield enuciates Page (PaaaageeeeAHHhhhh).
-Bowie's new album is maybe his best since Scary Monsters. He is a genius. He's managed to do what is 'impossible' in todays musical landscape - release an album that NO ONE saw coming.
-Oh, and if you are a music nerd, check out Half Moon Run. F'N awesome.
-The new Alan Cross podcast is great. Love the style.
-Shanny will go down as my 2nd fav player of all time. But I agree, he needs out of that office.
-March madness....Meh.

March 25, 2013 @ 1:08 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Rob - For sure, Hetfield ends every word with AAAHHHHH, even if the word doesn't end in a vowel....

March 25, 2013 @ 1:22 PM


I'm a nice guy and I've tried to give Ford the benefit of the doubt for years now, but... at this point, I think he's less a lovable doofus than someone who deliberately goes out of his way to cause trouble.

Rob Ford sounded off on the trial for the man accused of killing Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell.
The mayor called into NEWSTALK 1010's Closing Arguments with Steven Skurka on Sunday afternoon to say that he takes issue with how attorneys are defending 46-year old Richard Kachkar.
"One of our finest got killed. He left behind a wife and a little son and we're trying to find an excuse why (Kachkar) stole ... a snow plow and killed a police officer. I think you can't defend that," Ford says.
"[Police officers] put their lives in the line of fire. They jeopardise their lives -- and we try to justify this?"
The legal panel points out that Kachkar's defense is not justifying the actions of the accused, but rather trying to demonstrate that Kachkar has a mental illness that deprives him of the ability to appreciate the moral or lawful wrongfulness of what he did.
Ford is reminded that if Kachkar is indeed found not criminally responsible for Russell's death, he will not 'walk,' as the mayor suggests.
"If there was a mental illness involved, then (Kachkar)'s going to walk ... if he has a mental illness then why lock him up for 6 months or one year? I completely disagree with that," Ford says.
Kachkar has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder after Russell was struck and killed by a stolen snowplow in January 2011.
With no dispute that he was driving the stolen snowplow that ran him down, Kachkar's lawyer is arguing that his client should be found not criminally in the officer's death.
Kachkar's lawyer is defending his client under section 16 of the Criminal Code -- his key evidence came in the form of three psychiatrists that assesed Kachkar.
They believe Kachakar was psychotic at the time of Sgt. Russell's death,suggesting his actions were based on an irrational fear or paranoia.

March 25, 2013 @ 1:22 PM

Mississauga Phil

For once i think I'm going to have to defend our dear Mayor.

Kachkar had the mental wherewithal to steal, operate,and aim a snowplow at a person...this isn't someone shooting a salesman at their door because the voices in his head said to do it. He committed multiple crimes here.

Now you have a widow, and children with no father. Kachakar also deprived the city the services of a committed police officer.

Lock him up and throw away the key, jail cell or padded room, I don't care which....

March 25, 2013 @ 2:09 PM


I would think to kill another individual, unprovoked, one would have to be mentally unstable, at least slightly. Of course that would mean Paul Bernardo, Clifford Olson and the like would all fit into that category.

The question becomes do we punish or treat these people? Also, do we lock them up for life or do we give them another chance when doctors believe they're OK to get by in society?

Our first reaction is to punish and punish harshly but really if its not their fault, should they be punished for something they cant control?

March 25, 2013 @ 2:40 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie- I understand what you're saying, but where's the line?

March 25, 2013 @ 2:56 PM

Sammi is that kind of reasoning that led to the Young Offenders Act, or whatever it is called now.

And how is that working for us? Innocent people are treated harsher for uttering the name of someone 18 years or younger than the young offender who has committed a real crime.

We are turning into a finger pointing is always someone else's or something else's fault.

March 25, 2013 @ 2:59 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Sammi - Bang on. When did loosing your temper on the road become "Road Rage". People don't want to be held responsible for their own actions.

I completely believe there is a time and place for leniency due to mental state. However, there does come a time that, sane or not, a person needs to be removed from the rest of us for our own safety......

March 25, 2013 @ 4:26 PM


My Suns lost last night. This sucks. Oh well. Well, Bob Seger is the best. He has a beautiful voice. I don't want to hear anyone else sing Turn The Page. He does it the best. Best rock singers are Bob Seger and John Mellencamp. My Habs will win tomorrow night I hope. That will be good.

March 25, 2013 @ 5:53 PM


When Cheryl and I get married, we're going to use "We've Got Tonight" for our first dance.

March 26, 2013 @ 9:50 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - What about Jack and Diane???

March 26, 2013 @ 10:02 AM



I gave it some thought but I figured it would be tough to dance to.

March 26, 2013 @ 10:25 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - Okay, but you have to promise it'll be played at the's always a crowd pleaser

March 26, 2013 @ 10:52 AM


Of course, along with "Old Time Rock and Roll".

March 26, 2013 @ 10:53 AM

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