Playoff Bound Open Mike

Open MikeWhat a glorious time to be alive!

Now let's have some civil discourse in an effort to make our world an even better place to live. Or maybe you have a funny story to share, or a slice of knowledge that will enrich us all?


Share this entry

Comments (95 - click here to join in!)


I hate to start things on a negative note - OK, maybe "hate" is too strong a word. Well it turns out one of the dirt bag terror "suspects" (suspects, yeah right) was ordered deported in 1998. That's right 1998 - 15 effing years ago. WTF is he still doing in this country?

Its just farther evidence that Canada's immigration/refugee system (actually its a taxpayer funded trough) is so screwed. Not only has he been living for free, free healthcare, free everything else, this piece of shit wants to blow up a passenger train. This country is a joke.

April 26, 2013 @ 9:14 AM


Ohhhh, I wanted to be 1st, if only to say, the Leafs are in the playoffs and everything is A-OK in Toronto today.
Everyone : get outside, get some fresh air, leave the negativity behind, keep your hope (economic, peace, playoff ) alive and have a great day!

April 26, 2013 @ 9:20 AM


Oh yes, it looks like it will be a beautiful weekend. Hopefully I can get 9 holes in.

April 26, 2013 @ 9:24 AM

Sam in Pickering

A Maple Leafs vs. Habs first round will be absolutely crazy. I can't wait.

It's been a long time coming.

April 26, 2013 @ 9:28 AM

Blind Dave


Didn't want to go there at the moment, but I agree 100%. Oh, and he doesn't acknowledge the criminal code either.

I'm a hardass when it comes to immigration and deportation and I am not ashamed to say so.


Double digits in southern SK today!!! That's two days in a row and the snow and ice are disappearing fast.

With the demise of igoogle fast approaching, I've been playing around with "Symbaloo" ( and "ighome" ( this morning. I like them both, but will certainly look at something else if someone has a better alternative.

April 26, 2013 @ 9:29 AM

Dave Williams

@Argie, there is a bleeding heart sector of the Canadian populus that defends the rights of these type of people. These same people keep finding loopholes that allow crap like this to remain free in our society. Our government has to get tough on this. If a person is in Canada without the proper verifiable documentation. They should be immediately detained and escorted back to where they come from on the next available flight.

April 26, 2013 @ 9:30 AM


If I were drafting a playoff pool on Monday in a very dark and scary place, who would be some good first round grabs?

Who else?

April 26, 2013 @ 9:45 AM


The only thing tha can screw up a Leafs/Habs 1st round are the bloody senators winning their last two games.
Is it possible??

April 26, 2013 @ 9:48 AM


I meant to add and the Leafs lose Saturday night.

April 26, 2013 @ 9:51 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


The Sens could very well win their last two games, but the Leafs wil win on Saturday to make it moot.

April 26, 2013 @ 9:55 AM

4x4 Time

Listening earlier this week in Ohio to US debate on the radio about "terrorists" and what should be done immediately to strengthen the Patriot Act laws to make immigration into the US harder and deportation easier among other idea's. It all sounded logical to me.
Maybe they need to start treating anyone, regardless of where they were born, who walk in to public places and start shooting innocent people as “terrorists”. Maybe then there would be the same appetite for gun law reforms. Just sayin.

April 26, 2013 @ 9:56 AM


Speaking of hockey, my son made the minor Atom A team last night. Yay! Then we got home and opened up the welcome package and read the budget. Um, yikes!

April 26, 2013 @ 10:13 AM


George Jones died. One of the last remaining legends of country music.
R.I.P. GEORGE. And may you meet up with Tammy.

April 26, 2013 @ 10:41 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

The big Humble and Fred announcement has apparently been made by SiriusXM:

Thanks for the exclusive, guys!

It'll be another distribution platform for the show. So it's a podcast that doubles as a show on some Astral stations and triples as a show on SiriusXM.

April 26, 2013 @ 10:51 AM


So did anyone not figure out they were coming to satellite radio like over a month ago?

April 26, 2013 @ 10:57 AM


Go Habs. Habs all the way. that's the way to go. They will win and the Leafs will fall. Anyway, Habs will win the cup so there's lots more hockey left. As for terrorists, what's this country coming to? It's scary, really it is. Who knows why they're letting them in. Well, I didn't know much of George Jones's stuff. The country I like is the modern stuff. too bad he's gone though.

April 26, 2013 @ 11:27 AM


Arlene Bynon is on Sirius?
That's not the enticement I need to finally get satellite radio...

April 26, 2013 @ 11:41 AM

No Dope

Hey Mike, what does XM Sirius pay for the Humble and Fred show?

Just curious... Ward and Al announced the same deal recently. Ward and Al are nobodies and I'd have to believe Humble and Fred are getting a much better deal.

April 26, 2013 @ 11:43 AM


Radio boys -- why is CBC Radio 2 (the he second biggest radio service in Canada) not on SiriusXM?
And is Laurie Brown available for dating?

April 26, 2013 @ 11:43 AM


Oh, and one last comment.
Did you know that George Strombo hasn't had a drink since 1994.
That guy is on something though - his energy is amazing.

April 26, 2013 @ 11:46 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Now we know where Arlene Bynon is resurfacing after getting turfed by 640. That's an answer to a question nobody is asking.

@No Dope

I'm not privy to the specifics of Ward and Al's satellite deal and I'm not going to share any details of Humble and Fred's deal. Needless to say, the more ears their show gets via various platforms, the more they can charge advertisers.

The station that will air Humble and Fred is called Canada Laughs.

April 26, 2013 @ 11:47 AM

Ben Vidal

Arlene Bynon was perhaps the worst radio personality ever on the airwaves. I truly think that she screened callers so that they were almost as boring as she was.

The only person close to her is that bag of wind Adler. Has anyone told him to stop using his radio voice to sound proper and instead just talk?

@Argie: As for you what you said I agree with you for the most part. I would only argue that the refugee system hasn't always been broken and I would say it isn't completely broken. I have a co worker that came from communist Czech Republic. Their family came here as refugees and fled Czech in the middle of the night. Canada provided them an appartment, food, jobs, clothing. The entire family successfully contributes to society as a result. So we can't look at it as being a completely broke system. I just think in the case you are referring to he should have had his ass booted back to a stateless Palestine regardless.

April 26, 2013 @ 12:18 PM

Blind Dave

Funny. I just heard an ad for Bell Mobility on ROGERS Sportsnet Hockey Central.

April 26, 2013 @ 12:23 PM


Arlene Bynon now joins the long list of broadcasters demeaned in the past by H+F who they will now be sucking up to.

Luckily, in this case she needs them more than they need her.

April 26, 2013 @ 12:27 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Care to share that list?

I doubt they'll be sucking up to Arlene Bynon any time soon.

April 26, 2013 @ 12:50 PM

Not Not Dean

Congrats to Humble and Fred for appearing on a station absolutely nobody will listen to!

Who with XM / Sirius would listen to an all-Canadian comedy channel when they can listen to comedy channels that feature the best of the world?

But yes this is a great excuse to invoice Steve Martel more!

April 26, 2013 @ 1:05 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Cheryl...the Habs are going to face the Leafs in round 1...the Habs will loose, the rest of us will laugh....

April 26, 2013 @ 1:08 PM


1. Go Leafs Go! Can't wait for Tuesday night.

2. LOVE the Simpsons reference, Pray4Mojo, but not sure why you're picking on H+F who are just trying to give the world free content. IF you don't like them, don't listen.

3. Has any GTA radio station played a George Jones song in the past 30 years?

4. REALLY worried about my Jays. Making the playoffs will require quite the run.

5. Beck Taxi has a great app.

April 26, 2013 @ 1:59 PM


High five @Mississauga Phil!

@MikeBoon... you need to consider a Wednesday Open Mike because I had a good post two days ago. I'm in my 40s now and can't remember what it was. I'll remember, I'm sure, on Monday.

(awesome H&F news though!!)

April 26, 2013 @ 2:01 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


If 10 different commenters want a Wednesday Open Mike, I'm game.

You're 1...

April 26, 2013 @ 2:03 PM


I'd love a Wednesday Open Mike. :)

April 26, 2013 @ 2:42 PM


Mike, I'm surprised you didn't write about the excellent Edward Keenan piece about Rob Ford: A mayor who refuses to lead

It's brilliant and nicely surmises what you've been expressing lately.

April 26, 2013 @ 2:52 PM


I 2nd the comment about the great Simpson reference.
I can't believe I forgot about Mojo. Classic character!

Here are his best moments:

And 2nd the comment about a non-Friday Open Mike. Randomize this MFer!

Finally, I finally caught the Martin Short SNL episode. The guy is still very funny and relevant. Those of you who like him should definitely see the Jiminy Glick episodes. They are all good, but here is one to start you off :

April 26, 2013 @ 3:02 PM


Edward Keenan seems like the "south of Bloor" type.

April 26, 2013 @ 3:03 PM

Dawn Keibals

Wednesday Open Mike..A great idea..more comedy from Cheryl.

April 26, 2013 @ 3:04 PM

Mississauga Phil

Put my vote down for a Wednesday Open Mike, I don't go online too much on the weekends...

@ Steph - High five right back!

April 26, 2013 @ 3:09 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I think that's 5 in favour of a Wednesday Open Mike.

I need 5 more...

April 26, 2013 @ 3:12 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I did tweet that link the other day. Keenan nails it.

April 26, 2013 @ 3:12 PM


Arlene Bynon. Carla Collins. I just don't get it.

April 26, 2013 @ 3:22 PM


Wed is good for me too. Now I can piss off poeple 2 days sooner!

April 26, 2013 @ 3:27 PM

4x4 Time

Picked up my new custom made snare today from UDrum in Burlington...If you are a drummer and need some custom stuff, check them out. Paul is a great guy to deal with.

April 26, 2013 @ 3:35 PM

Cheryl's Trainer

Go Leafs Go!!!!

...Wednesday sounds good to me.

April 26, 2013 @ 3:35 PM


@ 4x4 - I used to play in a band and we recorded on a set of Udrums back in 2006 (I believe Paul said they were Finger Eleven's touring kit)...In any event, Paul's a great guy, he used to play with my buddy Sonny Boy Mick all the time.

April 26, 2013 @ 3:37 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

My daugher has released the 9th episode of her podcast:

April 26, 2013 @ 3:47 PM

4x4 Time

@ MississaugaPhil...Small world, I know Steve well, we jammed last night at his studio!

April 26, 2013 @ 3:58 PM


I'm ok with Wednesday as long as it doesn't replace the weekend Open Mike.

April 26, 2013 @ 4:05 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I mentioned you again in episode 35.

April 26, 2013 @ 4:08 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

And I think we're at 7 in favour of a Wednesday Open Mike to supplement the Friday Open Mike.

Only 3 to go!

April 26, 2013 @ 4:09 PM


According to Sharia law if a man says to his wife (or one of them) "I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you" he is now divorced.

Therefore Mike, "Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday". There, its settled Open Mike is now Wednesday!!!

See how I even worked in a shot at islam?

April 26, 2013 @ 4:24 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Sharia law doesn't apply here.

April 26, 2013 @ 4:29 PM


I'm good with Friday as the one a week Open Mike.
4x4 time I agree with your expanded "terrorist" label.
Go Leafs!

April 26, 2013 @ 5:50 PM


@ Mike

Yes I heard. Twitter coming soon. Good podcast by the way.

April 26, 2013 @ 5:58 PM


Some things I just don't understand.

Rob Ford grabs a woman's ass and the internet suffers a nuclear meltdown with condemnation. A couple of weeks ago we find out that over a thousand people received diluted chemotherapy drugs and not a SINGLE comment has been posted here critical of the Liberal Government or the Ministry of Health. Suffering from cancer wasn't horrific enough. Suddenly you are told the treatment you are receiving by the health care system isn't the right dosage. You are now even more scared and vulnerable. Everyone in this province should be angry. But you aren't.
Why do you want to vote for this government again? What are you so afraid of?? Does a case of beer sold at No Frills really that scary?

April 26, 2013 @ 6:07 PM


I actually believe that if the Leafs get the Habs in the first round, they'll do some damage in the playoffs. All I keep thinking is it would be just our luck for this to be a miracle season in which the Leafs win it all, only to have to hear, "Yeah, they could only win it over a 48-game schedule" for the rest of time. Does the idea of the Leafs winning a championship during a lockout shortened season bother anyone else?

April 26, 2013 @ 6:27 PM

Blind Dave

Ok, I'll take Wednesday too as long as Friday remains constant.

April 26, 2013 @ 7:23 PM

Blind Dave


Not in the least. I think 50-ish games is a damned good benchmark for the quality of a season.

And besides, the playoffs are a battle of attrition. It's no easier now given the one game every two nights compact schedule of this year.

April 26, 2013 @ 7:25 PM


I'd love to see a Wednesday Open Mike too. Like Stephanie, my memory is rusty. Is that 10?!

April 26, 2013 @ 7:35 PM


ya, another weekday open mike would be good ..

Burkie is on the warpath !! He has filed a lawsuit about that rumour that got mentioned on this site.. He claims it damaged his reputation. In my opinion, his reputation was damaged every time he stepped in front of a microphone!

April 26, 2013 @ 8:28 PM

Blind Dave

Let's hope Burke leaves Mike alone. I don't know what the rules are governing blogs.

From the CBC

April 26, 2013 @ 8:41 PM

Toronto Mike Sued?!?!?!?!

Former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has filed a lawsuit with B.C. Supreme Court, saying he was defamed in online comments accusing him of having an extra-marital affair with a sports reporter.

Burke alleges the online comments published by 18 people, whose identities are unknown to him, are untrue.


The statements, which the court documents say were widely circulated on social media, claim that Burke was fired as the president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs because what the comments say was a sexual relationship with Rogers Sportsnet reporter Hazel Mae.

“Contrary to popular belief, the reason for Burke’s firing was not his willingness to pull off the Roberto Luongo trade...” says one of the comments noted in the court documents. “Well it didn’t take long for Brian Burke and Hazel Mae to hook up. In the summer of 2012, Sportsnet removed her from the glass desk because she wouldn’t fit, insisting that she stand while on air.”

The online postings went on to suggest that Mae was pregnant, and that the “lucky dad” is Burke.

In a statement released on Friday, Burke’s lawyer Peter Gall said the comments, allegedly made under pseudonyms such as “Slobberface” and “Mowerman,” are false and defamatory, and that they have hurt both Burke’s and Mae’s families.

“Brian has decided that it is time to stop people who post comments on the Internet from thinking they can fabricate wild stories with impunity,” Gall said. “Brian is determined to find the authors of the lie about him and those who have circulated the lie.”

The court documents say Burke is suing for losses and damages to his reputation. His lawyer is also seeking to have each of the 18 defendants restrained from publishing the statements on the Internet.

None of the claims have been proven in court, and a statement of defence has not been filed.

Burke, who is married to CTV News Channel anchor Jennifer Burke, was fired as the general manager of the Leafs in January. The former Vancouver Canucks general manager is now the part-time scout for the Anaheim Ducks.

April 26, 2013 @ 8:57 PM


Good job on the C&P. Just the link would have been sufficient.

April 26, 2013 @ 9:36 PM


This is bullshit. Does Burke think he can sue the Internet? Doesn't he know how the Internet works?

If he won, it would change everything. Facebook would be sued into oblivion. As would Twitter. And big forums like Reddit? Forget about it. Google would be screwed.

What's he thinking the big idiot? Can Mike get sued because I called Burke an idiot?

On that note, is Ford going to sue Mike next?

April 26, 2013 @ 9:45 PM



We should vote a party in. Not vote one out.

Hudak, whom you're alluding to, is a crappy ass choice. He lacks leadership and his abilities are suspect. His own party had a tonne of members who don't even like him.

April 26, 2013 @ 9:45 PM


@Blind Dave - double digit temps there? Big deal. You have that for most of the year! Oh mean without the - sign in front!

(Says the former Winterpegger)

April 26, 2013 @ 9:54 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Glad for H&F, expanding to Satellite. Where has Eileen been all week, heard she was having an Ultrasound last Friday, and not a peep about it from the show? Was working in Newfoundland for 10 days and was skimming the show at night, so I might have missed something.
@Glen, couldn't agree more with you about was passes for outrage at the Liberals and all there extremely costly Eff ups for the tax payer. Maybe we have become numb to their ineptness at running the province into the ground. Then again, the Star hasn't been camping on Wynne's or McGuinty's door step recently.
Heard Samsung had excellent profits last quarter, wonder if this had anything to do with the windmill deal LOL.
And a Wednesday Open Mike would be nice, but a little to close to Friday's, maybe an after weekend Open Mike on Monday/Tuesday?

April 26, 2013 @ 9:54 PM

Blind Dave

@Rick C in Oakville

Good point about having the Open Mike on Tuesday. It would be much better spacing with the Friday one.

April 26, 2013 @ 9:57 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

It's true, Brian Burke is suing 18 people for the comments I got the cease and desist for. The cease and desist I got, and my thoughts on the matter, is here:

For the record, I have not yet received a summons in this matter. As far as I know, I'm not being sued by Brian Burke.

In my opinion, Burke is bringing a great deal of attention to this rumour by suing Slobberface, Mowerman and the like. I don't understand his logic here...

April 26, 2013 @ 10:06 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ 4x4 - Small world indeed.

@ Corey- I have similar fears. A cup this year would be made bittersweet by the chirping of the haters. I'd rather give a good showing this year maybe hit the conference finals if things land right, then win a cup in a full season. I think this team is getting built to compete for a while, if Reimer stays in this form

April 27, 2013 @ 12:11 AM


It makes no difference how long the season was, the playoffs are still full length. Just win, baby!

April 27, 2013 @ 1:52 AM


I'm for a Wednesday open mike as well. Why not.

Go Habs. Who cares about the Jays. Baseball is so boring.

April 27, 2013 @ 7:16 AM

4x4 Time

As the old saying goes, it seems to apply to Burke - "He never met a mike or camera he did not like". He seems to have an insatiable desire for media attention good or bad.

April 27, 2013 @ 9:58 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Nothing will be tarnished. Like felix said, it's a full length playoffs, and nobody questions the Devils cup win in '95.

April 27, 2013 @ 9:59 AM


I am still amazed that Crosby almost won the scoring title and he hasn't played in a month.

April 27, 2013 @ 10:49 AM


And I say no one questions the Devils Cup win because no one really cares about the Devils to begin with. If the Leafs happened to win, every fan of the Habs, Sens, Oilers, Canucks, etc. would never let us forget it was a shortened season. You can bank on that.

April 27, 2013 @ 11:46 AM

G. Smithershit

A Wednesday Open Mike would be great - I could hear more from the only lunatic who would still vote for me.

Now, where to find a good trainer...

April 27, 2013 @ 12:43 PM


I'm with Stephanie - ya baby, bring on a Wednesday Open Mike.

I'm just going to listen the Michelle's latest podcast while I putter outside.

@Rick C - I too was wondering where Eileen was this week - I'm a few episodes behind though. I have to say I really miss Kelly - she added a whole lot to the show.

Whew! Mike, I saw that article on the front page of the Star this morning and frantically scanned it to make sure you weren't cited. Suing the Internet? Good luck, Burkie Boy.

Enjoy some time outside today, GTA folks!

April 27, 2013 @ 12:51 PM

Blind Dave

Eliotte Friedman just said on twitter that Jim Hughson is calling the game tonight.

April 27, 2013 @ 1:58 PM

Dave Williams

@Ben Vidal, i'm actually frightened that we have a similar opinion on Arlene Bynon.
@Phil, what do mean that Montreal will loose? Does that mean that they are not contained? In that case they will likely defeat most as their coach will allow them to play. So when the beat Toronto we will all laugh.
@Glen, the cancer scare in Ontario due to the lack of government control would only be news here if a conservative party was in power. It is scary when fabricated Rob Ford stories get more discussion that real life affecting leftist issues that happen to frequently.

April 27, 2013 @ 2:11 PM


@Rick C Eileen is back - just listening to H&F's Friday show. :)

April 27, 2013 @ 2:16 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Thanks, liz need to down load the Friday show, just been too busy outside to catch up! Cheers!

April 27, 2013 @ 8:04 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Habs win 4-1. Leafs suck! Go Habs Go!

April 27, 2013 @ 10:08 PM


"lose" people, not "loose".
This nag brought to you by the grammar police.

April 27, 2013 @ 10:35 PM


Habs won. This is great. My Habs won so the Leafs aren't so great after all. They're going to be gone in the first round, you'll see. go Habs go.

April 28, 2013 @ 7:51 AM

Blind Dave


Lose/loose has to be one of the most common grammatical errors out there these days.

I can understand kids taking awhile to learn to/too/two or there/their/they're, but the confusion between "lose" and "loose" shouldn't even be close.

April 28, 2013 @ 12:56 PM

Rick C in Oakville

After some of my postings (which I usually never proof read) I wonder if some readers think I never got past the 5th grade with the spelling/grammar I've typed.

April 28, 2013 @ 2:34 PM

Blind Dave

@Rick C

Tell me about it. I have a big button, glow in the dark keyboard and I can't type to save my skin. Those little squiggly lines that appear under spelling errors are a Godsend.

April 28, 2013 @ 6:11 PM

Jason from Sudbury

It's over. Senators win. Laffs will face angry Bruins. Sorry, Leaf fans. Your team could have shaped their own destiny last night. But no, Leafs lose again!

Go Habs go!

April 28, 2013 @ 10:01 PM


Mike, where is the thread about Humble & Freds latest huge announcement?

I heard it tonight and figured there would be a big discussion and information here or on their site.

April 28, 2013 @ 10:57 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


You have to scroll up for our chat about it and a link to that page.

SiriusXM announced it ahead of schedule...

April 28, 2013 @ 11:06 PM


So now we know the Leafs face the Bruins. Will Round 1 need a Game 5?

April 29, 2013 @ 6:56 AM


No game five for the Leafs. They will get swept while my Habs will sweept Ottawa. Oh well, if no game five, that means the series ends sooner and the playoffs end sooner and then there will be more days with just boring baseball. Let the Habs go seven games, but they win in seven.

April 29, 2013 @ 7:32 AM


@ Mike, sorry. I got all caught up in the Burke info and missed it!

April 29, 2013 @ 9:03 AM

Leave a comment

Only 95 comments? C'mon, we can do better... Leave a comment above and let's keep this conversation going!

« The Leafs Should Charge What the Market Will Bear George Jones, Dead at 81 »